the back-to-back of "Marion" and "I'm on Your Team" is among the most powerful one-two punches of the year. usually I am not one for band names that are a pun (except for Guantanamo Baywatch and Dennis Franz Kafka, which are both perfect) but Babehoven more than overcomes that issue and delivers an incredibly mature and thoughtful record, full of hooks and delicious verses evoking so many emotions and lovely feelings. this is truly a beautiful record.
Rossiter's lyrical themes and vocal delivery are both very much an acquired taste, and initially I was only listening to this to hear the two songs with Tomberlin. I understand that much of what he does here is different than his previous work, but I think I am starting to engage more with his vibe. it did not appeal so much at first listen but I keep coming back to it and its growing on me in a good way.
Big Thief is so accomplished now that it's hard to remember how it felt to hear all that raw energy for the first time. that's why you should listen to Sadurn, to capture the freshness and immediacy of that kind of first encounter. this beautiful debut is so humble and unassuming that you are caught off guard by the true beauty of these lovely songs. G DeGroot is a revelation, one of those vocalists you fall in love with instantly.
an A for ambition. Quinn Downton's expansive genre-bending music as Cries for Colour is strongly appealing and accessible while maintaining a sophisticated and challenging compositional approach. you can listen for pleasure or marvel at the production techniques and be happy either way. it's a sunny record, with bright tones and rising bass line chord progressions. primary vocalist Valnea Bulić inhabits her songs perfectly. this was a fun and engaging listen all the way through.