Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin (2013)

Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock.

With such maximal diversity of sound (warm and cold, loud and quiet, rhythms and melodies), I hear the broadest range of colours and flavours on this album. Put it on on a sunny day, or when you want to feel ambitious and grounded. //

+ My Rating: 94% — Metacritic Consensus Rating: 82% –

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008)

Indie Folk, Rock, Pop.

Intricate, expansive and wistful; with so many great details, sounds like life ain’t so bad. Put it on when you’re winding down from a long day, or when you’re feeling contemplative. //

+ My Rating: 92% (M) — Metacritic Consensus Rating: 87% –

Radiohead – Pablo Honey (1993)

Alternative Rock.

A feat of a music career when this album is likely their least interesting album, the good stuff is in the sounds of self-consciousness and self-doubt. Put it on when you need a reminder that the best is yet to come. // June 10, 2017

+ My Rating: 80% — Metacritic Consensus Rating: unavailable /

Grimes – Visions (2012)

Synthpop, Dream Pop, Art Pop, Experimental. 

The sound of weird, complicated, deep emotions finding expression; it’s strange, intoxicating, and satisfying. Put it on when you’re in a quirky, neutral-to-happy mood, wanting some unconventional but upbeat, catchy hooks. //

+ My Rating: 94% (M) — Metacritic Consensus Rating: 80% –

 

The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You (2009)

Folk Rock, Indie Folk.

On their title track, he asks, “Are you aware the shape I’m in?”, which encompasses the album sound–sometimes an underlying sadness, most of the time trying to stay afloat. Put it on when it’s sunny outside and you’re going for a thoughtful stroll. The whole album is a joy to listen to, some mellow and reflective, some upbeat and fun. But if i had to choose: I And Love And You, Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise, Kick Drum Heart, Ill With Want, Tin Man. //
– My Rating: 72% — Metacritic Consensus Rating: 73% +

Lykke Li – I Never Learn (2014)

Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop.

This is what a broken heart that’s tired of yearning sounds like. Put it on when you wonder whether anyone feels the depth of loneliness and despair as you. //

+ My Rating: 85% — Metacritic Consensus Rating: 77% –

Banks – The Altar (2016)

Alternative R&B. 

The sound when you realize you can be broken but strong and confident at the same time. Put it on when you’ve had enough of blaming yourself when someone else is to blame. //

+ My Rating: 82% — Metacritic Consensus Rating: 70% –