Release Date: June 21, 2019
Favorite Tracks: Without a Blush
This is the first full-length album from Australian singer-songwriter Harriette Pilbeam, who records under the name Hatchie. The songs are lush and dreamy and a suitable soundtrack to a lazy summer day. The sound is reminiscent of early 90s bands with ethereal female lead vocalists like The Sundays. I really liked her 2018 EP Sugar & Spice, but the songs on Keepsake don’t packe the same punch with the exception of “Without a Blush.” A lot of songs suffer from a repetitious nature where they start with a good groove or lyric but it becomes grating as the song goes along. The song “Obsessed” is a good example of this. I was looking forward to this album but I don’t think I will be revisiting it.
Billie Eilish :: Bury a Friend
A creepy song written from the perspective of the monster under the bed by a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Los Angeles.
Gato Preto :: Mendinga Carnival feat. Lusafro Allstars
The duo of the producer Lee Bass and rapper/singer Gata Misteriosa are joined by lusophone (Portuguese speaking) artists from Africa in this celebration of the creole culture of Cape Verde.
Chaka Khan :: Like Sugar
The Queen of Funk is back with a spectacular new album, Hello Happiness, with this terrific lead single.
Hatchie :: Without a Blush
Australian singer/songwriter Hatchie, a.k.a. Harriette Pilbeam, returns with the lead single from her new album of dream pop, Keepsake, due in June.
Ex Hex :: Cosmic Cave
Mary Timony’s Ex Hex returns five years after their classic album Rips, with the lead single off of It’s Real, which is due in March.
The Prizefighters :: Just Let the Music Play
The warmth of this sleepy ska tune belies the fact that The Prizefighters are from chilly Minnesota.
Shana Cleveland :: The Face of the Sun
Los Angeles-based Shana Cleveland is singer/songwriter with ethereal vocals and dreamy instrumentals.
Sol :: The Kids
Seattle hip hop artist Sol raps about police violence and their victims, the kids.
Read Part 1
of this list for Songs 25 to 16.
12. “The Queen of New York” :: Tancred
What will be my #1 favorite song of 2018? You’ll have to wait with breathless anticipation for my final post with the top five songs of the year!
Favorite Songs by Year, 1973-2017
It’s the time of the year to list my favorite albums! What follows are my ten favorite albums listed in alphabetical order by the artists. Links in the album title go to my full review of the album.
Check out my lists of favorite albums from 2014, 2016, and 2017 as well.
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa by Jeremy Dutcher
Sugar & Spice by Hatchie
Remain in Light by Angélique Kidjo
Acrylic by Leikeli47
Roza Cruz by La Mecánica Popular
Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
Orquesta Akokán by Orquesta Akokán
Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers