For Fans Of: Hank Williams x Ray LaMontagne, A.A. Bondy, countrified hipsters.
Lost In The Trees
A Church That Fits Our Needs
Sounds Like: A fascinating second collection from Chapel Hill, N.C.’s Ari Picker, who spearheads a talented collective making complex and lush atmospheric folk-pop.
Free Association: The kind of record that demands, nay, commands multiple spins.
For Fans Of: Mark Mothersbaugh x Radiohead + a hillbilly orchestra, chamber pop.
Letters From Birmingham
Sounds Like: Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis-produced soul from the American Idol, whose fifth LP is shockingly good despite his nosedive from stardom and budget record cover.
Free Association: Remember “Sorry 2004?” We do, and shall never forget him for it.
For Fans Of: Fantasia/Clay Aiken, Peabo Bryson/Luther Vandross, ham sandwiches.
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
Rot Gut, Domestic
Sounds Like: The Indianapolis-born chamber rock supergroup’s fourth is a pleasant, robust and easy-listening folk rock romp with lots of sunny, jangly flavor.
PW's Music Issue 2014