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EJ Olsen

  1. Everett, Washington
  2. Folk
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  1. IV
    by Psychic Temple
    Wait For Me Wait For Me
  2. R. Turner
    by R. Turner
    Killin' It Killin' It
    by Asher Graieg-Morrison
    Pure Religion Pure Religion
    "Pure Religion" doesn’t aim to provide any profound insights on its biblical texts; instead, it invites us to listen for God’s voice ourselves. While the musical progressions are simple enough to provide a soundtrack a listener’s meditation, they are layered and textured enough to be compelling on their own. Read my full review here:
  4. A Crow Looked At Me
    by Mount Eerie
    Real Death Real Death
  5. (I Am) Origami Pt.1 - The Universal Sigh
    by John Van Deusen
    Don't Pitch Correct Me Don't Pitch Correct Me
  6. The Weather
    by Pond
    Paint Me Silver Paint Me Silver
    Look no further than Pond's latest record for a well-crafted piece of anthemic psychedelia. "The Weather" is packed to the brim with triumphant, tasteful, tongue-in-cheek nihilism, expressing existential frustrations through soaring anthems, psych-rock breakdowns, and sleek synth-pop grooves.
  7. This Old Dog
    by Mac DeMarco
    For the First Time For the First Time
    I've admittedly never been a DeMarco fan, but I for some reason decided to listen to this new album. This record might be the most pleasant and accessible album I've heard this year. I can't think of a context where it wouldn't be a good idea to listen to This Old Dog. It's a simple, endearing, and warm record that accomplishes a lot with a very narrow palette. 
  8. Slowdive
    by Slowdive
    Sugar for the Pill Sugar for the Pill
    In a nearly perfect comeback record, Slowdive bridges the sounds of "Pygmalion" and "Souvlaki" while showing that the band has matured in vocals, lyrics, and production.
  9. Star Stuff
    by Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
    All the fresh, jazzy jam tunes you need for a relaxing summer can be found in this easy-going, psychedelic treat of a record. Don't pass this one up.
  10. Sincerely, Future Pollution
    by Timber Timbre
    Western Questions Western Questions
    Imagine if "I'm Your Man" era Leonard Cohen soundtracked a Blade Runner / Stranger Things crossover television special, and you have a pretty good idea of this record's style and mood. Moreover, it marks Timber Timbre's most pointed lyricism to date, making for an intriguing and entertaining album.
  11. My Bones Are Singing
    by Those Lavender Whales
    Open Up Open Up
    "My Bones Are Singing" is a reminder that sometimes the simplest truths are the most profound. Those Lavender Whales strike the difficult balance between earnestness and sincerity, without emotional pandering or thematic dilution. It’s a peculiar, refreshing, and beautiful record. Read my full review here:
  12. Either/Or
    by Elliott Smith
    Say Yes Say Yes
    Elliott Smith had an inimitable proficiency in writing sad songs that are purely cathartic, free of self-indulgence. It's a shame how he left the earth, but these songs are, and will continue to be, an invaluable gift to the musicians, the poets, and the brokenhearted who hear them.
  13. Hang
    by Foxygen
    On Lankershim On Lankershim
    "Hang" is a magical concoction of pastiche. It somehow manages to be both maximalist and nuanced, both self-aware and endearing. While they owe great debts to their timeless inspirations, Foxygen's flawless production may have ensured that they've created a timeless record of their own.
  14. The Lovely Grind
    by Leava
    Impressive Waste Impressive Waste
    "The Lovely Grind" is Leava’s most passionate and immediate work, challenging the notion of celebrity and reminding us that the biggest and smallest of names all meet the same end. Read my full review here:
  15. The Harp Family Hymnbook: Volume II
    by Various artists
    Wayfaring Stranger Wayfaring Stranger
    "Harp Family Hymnbook Vol. II" takes massive steps ahead for sacred music in the contemporary age. Though it’s a flawed record, it leaves a positive impression and demonstrates that there is still room for hymns in modern music. Read my full review here:
  16. Effervescent Lure
    by Carol Cleveland Sings
    Ennui Ennui
    'Effervescent Lure' is a psychedelic stew of retro synthpop and jubilant alt-folk whose sharp writing and danceable instrumentation begs to be shared and revisited. With the longest of the eighteen tracks clocking in at only just past three minutes (the standout single, "Ennui"), the album explores a wide range of lyrical themes and musical ideas without becoming aimless or repetitive. PS: it sounds great on vinyl, too.
  17. Front Row Seat To Earth
    by Weyes Blood
    Generation Why Generation Why
    This feels like listening to a record from the far future, which is strange given that the music and Natalie Mering's voice draw so much inspiration from the past. Though it would be easy to write off this album as a pastiche of 1970's folk singer/songwriters, it also instantly feels progressive and otherworldly. Mering's nostalgic sultriness almost seems out of place juxtaposed with modern imagery, but her approach, message, and delivery is perhaps what we need most today.
  18. Birds of North America
    by Plastiq Musiq
    Blue Jay Blue Jay
    Analog synthesizer audio sketches built around samples of North American bird calls apparently works really well. While it may be an acquired taste, and certain elements don't necessarily land (such as the species announcements at the beginning of each track), it's a captivating listen. This is a mysterious, progressive, and beautiful electronic record that allows its music to transcend its central experimental gimmick.
  19. I Have Seen the End
    by Brock's Folly
    Thoreau Thoreau
    I just absolutely love this record. I enjoyed the first two releases from Brock’s Folly, but I wasn’t a huge fan. In this “farewell album,” however, the band really won me over. The band’s energy and chemistry is palpable in the recordings, and the lyrics are brilliantly penned. It’s awakened me to a greater appreciation of Americana-styled records, and listening to it brings back fond traveling memories. "I Have Seen the End" is worthy of many happy returns.
  20. EP
    by Hoops
    Cool 2 Cool 2
    While keeping the lo-fi spirit and aesthetic of their “Tape” releases, Hoops has enhanced their sound with crisper production that gives the compositions more room to breathe and showcase the fine musicianship that hides beneath the cassette hiss.
  21. Pressure EP
    by NYVES
    Common Ground Common Ground
    Clark & Torres effortlessly execute compelling, nostalgic darkwave in this delightful companion to NYVES' debut record, pushing their sound in moodier directions (if such a thing were possible).
  22. Gulch Days
    by Crater Lakes
    Salmon Skies Salmon Skies
    "Gulch Days" is a lo-fi slice of neo-rockabilly greatness, delivering tangible sentiments through a mysterious shroud of nostalgia. Read my feature on the album here:
  23. III
    by Psychic Temple
    You Ain't A Star You Ain't A Star
    'III' by Psychic Temple is the best piece of prog-prop that you’ll ever hear. Read my full review here:
  24. Before the Bright Lights
    by Anthony Quails
    The Cattleman Song The Cattleman Song
    Anthony Quails makes art that is authentically kind, warm, and accessible -- a throwback aesthetic to old school storytelling through music. We need more people like him.
  25. Perennial
    V C R V C R
    This album is like a banquet: perhaps overfilling, but ultimately worthwhile and satisfying. Read my full review here:
  26. Death is Their Shepherd
    by Physick
    Goodspeed God’s Fire Goodspeed God’s Fire
    There's more to say about this phenomenal album than what would be seemly for a Bandcamp comment. Read my full review here:
    by Deep Sea Diver
    Secrets Secrets
    SECRETS carries all the trappings of a timeless record without the inhibitors that title often implies; and it’s an early frontrunner for the best album of 2016. Read my full review here:
  28. earth
    by Lightheart
    Heaven I Heaven I
    Earth is a delightfully surprising worship album that should please those who don’t normally listen to worship music. Read my full review here:
  29. All Delighted People EP
    by Sufjan Stevens
    All Delighted People (Original Version) All Delighted People (Original Version)
    I didn't think an 11+ minute song could feel this short. Excellent balance and flow are at work in this extended play EP.
  30. Blue Bucket of Gold (Remix)
    by Sufjan Stevens
    Sufjan accentuates the hope contained in the original version while reminding us that he hasn't abandoned the electro-prog influences of Age of Adz and All Delighted People. Don't pass up this rendition just because it's a "remix."
  31. Exploding Whale
    by Sufjan Stevens
    Exploding Whale Exploding Whale
    This track is whimsical genius. It's quirky, but not overpowering like some of Sufjan's electronic material. If he were to put out an album like this, I would be very happy.
  32. Illinois
    by Sufjan Stevens
    Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition — Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream) Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition — Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)
    Forever a classic, and the perfect morning album: not too peppy that you want to stab people, and not too lulling that you want to go back to bed.
  33. Michigan
    by Sufjan Stevens
    Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?) Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)
    Sufjan's two States albums complement each other perfectly, and the more hushed Michigan is an enduring classic, even though it seems to hide in Illinois' shadow.
  34. Foiled EP N°1
    by Half-handed Cloud
    Let The Mind In You Let The Mind In You
    Spiritual caviar: rich, simple, and textured. A tasty EP.
  35. Foiled EP N°2
    by Half-handed Cloud
    Running Off With Balderdash Running Off With Balderdash
    In Foiled EP No. 2 John Ringhofer demonstrates that, with the right amount of love and care, even a self-proclaimed “sound collage” can hold its own against more polished contemporaries. It’s a dazzling experience that lends itself to be repeated, shared, and cherished. Read my full review here:
  36. May
    by Love Your Neighbor
    May 06 (ukes like dolphins) May 06 (ukes like dolphins)
    The addition of new instruments to the already outstanding guitar improvisation sets this release apart from the other entries in the LYN project. Listen to this stuff now.
  37. April
    by Love Your Neighbor
    April 01 (ahead) April 01 (ahead)
    This album helped set a calming atmosphere in my home when my four and six year old siblings were recovering from major surgeries. The effects of this album were priceless.
  38. Thistle EP
    by Manatee Commune
    Blueberry Blueberry
    Without becoming overly saccharine, Thistle has encapsulated the best of the Pacific Northwest in a 21-minute journey through delightfully sunny and (sometimes literally) bubbly soundscapes. The field recordings and unique samplings are what set this record apart, and the Commune does an excellent job here at keeping the textures and layering lush and complex without becoming dense and overpowering.
  39. I've Got Plenty
    by Anthony Aparo
    Dark and bubbly, like my favorite cola beverages. And why not have a song this awesome on cassette?
  40. Nostalgia for Infinity
    by Sound of Ceres
    Dagger Only Run Dagger Only Run
  41. Tomahawk Of Praise
    by Those Lavender Whales
    Having Haves & Halving Halves Having Haves & Halving Halves
  42. Manatee Commune
    by Manatee Commune
    Clementine ft. Marina Price Clementine ft. Marina Price
  43. Life Beyond the Edges of the Sea
    by Jesse Jack Murray
    From the Mouths of Babes From the Mouths of Babes
  44. Proposed Moon Suit
    by Wookieback
    Rocket With Light Timer Rocket With Light Timer
  45. Robots Be One Crazy Weasel
    by Wookieback
    Flash! Flash!