Dec 12, 2016

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TFFT Favourite Albums Of The Year 2016

Well, 2016 was pretty shit…at least we had some decent music to keep us going!

In no particular order, here are TFFT’s favourite records of 2016…

Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee

‘From start to finish, this album rocks flawlessly hard…do whatever you have to do to let your soul be absorbed into the seventh installment of M.C. Taylor’s catalog of golden messages’

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

‘ In an existential/math rock album code way, it’s the empty spaces in between the music and lyrics, the moments within the song where the listener and the performer can breathe together, that makes 22, A Million’s experimental sounds intriguing, entertaining, and some of the most memorable music in the entire Bon Iver catalogue’

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Overnight

‘Overnight is a record with folk at the core, but with a jazz feel, country twang and even a little bit of pop – an album that is welcome to all ears. Moreover, in recent years, it is great to finally find an album that glides perfectly from the opening second to the very last of the 41 minutes that is offered to us’

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Love & Hate is more than a vintage-soul album. It is unique and notable, and if ever there were a time for a political record to fall on deaf ears, now is not it’

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

‘The Lumineers have a raw, inimitable grasp on songwriting that allows them to captivate and inspire’

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire

‘The Hoop and Beam collaboration is surely to be a widespread discussed musical topic of 2016 because of their natural ability to create towering, tightly rehearsed harmonies…Love Letter For Fire is a folk masterpiece’

Jonny Fritz – Sweet Creep

‘A sincere and visceral record, Sweep Creep offers a phenomenal listening experience
for folk fans of all generations’

Angel Olsen – My Woman

‘Enthralling and beautiful musically; honest, commanding and poignant lyrically. Her finest work yet’

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

‘A bold and adventurous record that sees Simpson progressively sailing forward on a wave of artistic brilliance…he takes us with him on a personal journey, both musically and creatively’

The Shires – My Universe

‘This is why The Shires work, the harmonies that intertwine over the lyrics lend themselves to that Country genre but with a pop influence that creeps in regularly’

Will Varley – Kingsdown Sundown

‘ While Varley has continually demonstrated himself as an engaged social commentator with a unique talent for illustrating portraits of true intimacy, to painting grander landscapes of the human condition, this album cements the importance of his voice’

Flock Of Dimes – If You See Me, Say Yes

‘This album reminds us that it’s okay to value meaningful human connection, but also thrive on solitude for inspiration and personal growth. With Jenn Wassner’s finesse and genuine passion for experimenting and evolving as an artist, it’s clear that she has no plans to settle creatively any time soon and will continue to push her musical boundaries’

case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs

‘Their simplistic approach is relayed on to the production and delivery of a record, which at its fullest is a one-off insight into a process which skillfully connects the characters of all three artists
and is highly enjoyable’

Jim James – Eternally Even

‘Jim James delivers another exhibit of his mastermind musician skills
with his second solo album Eternally Even’

Conor Oberst – Ruminations

‘Conor Oberst has produced another collection of folk waltzes and ballads and continues to prove his all around success in creating new styles and sounds

Villagers – Where Have You Been All My Life?

‘Though this album is predominantly a return to past work, the songs and vocals are all perfect and breathe new life into their back catalogue…a great listen’

Gregory Alan Isakov – With The Colorado Symphony

‘Gregory Alan Isakov is a master of his songwriting craft, and with the Colorado Symphony’s embellishments on his newest album, this folk legend is injected with a wonderful orchestral boost’

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is sure to generate a lot of attention from music lovers, critics, and other musicians themselves. This may be one of the top indie folk releases of 2016′

Jamestown Revival – The Education Of A Wandering Man

‘This album is one to put on and go for a drive with the windows down. It’s an album to have on while drinking some beers in the backyard’

Various Artists – Day Of The Dead

‘The Dessner brothers took the recording route and created a terrific tribute project, giving the musical world of The Grateful Dead a jolt of indie rock studio-production wizardry’