Below Rob Perry has listed ten albums that are his favorites released in 2019. They are in no particular order but he can tell you that they all are really fine recordings.
- THE GET AHEAD – Deepest Light – April 2019 – Jullian Records
The Get Ahead calls their eclectic blend of music “Americana Soul”. The unique combination of fiddle and saxophone, best done on the title track, naturally had me dreaming of Little Feat and the late Lowell George. Lead vocalist Nathan Earle’s tone really draws you in while the accomplished band is tight and cohesive.
My favorite tracks on the album are Sister Cities, Faint Outline, Deepest Light, and Special Breed.
- HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – Terms of Surrender – September 2019 – Merge Records
On this latest release, M.C. Taylor appears to have taken his Indie Folk collection of ‘would-be’ songs of despair and woven them into expressions of hope. This album is filled with brilliant flashes of optimism and it’s the band’s best release in the past 5 years. Favorite songs include My Wing, Katy (You Don’t Have to Be Good Yet), and I Need a Teacher.
- NIGHT MOVES – Can You Really Find Me – August 2019 – Domino Music
Thanks to The Current, KCMP radio for turning me on to this fantastic duo. Like the radio station, “Night Moves” calls the Minneapolis area home. This is their third album and boy is it a gem of dreamy psychedelia.
Don’t miss these tracks: Mexico, Strands Align, and Keep Me In Mind.
4. SUMMER CANNIBALS – Can’t Tell Me No – June 2019 – Tiny Engines
Part indie, part punk, this is an all-around razor-sharp record. This is what I imagine The Clash would be like if lead by a strong young woman. Enjoy the low-slung guitars arching upwards to Jessica Boudreaux’s weighty lyrics.
The best songs are One Of Many, False Anthem, and Can’t Tell Me No.
- LIZ BRASHER – Painted Image – January 2019 – Fat Possum Records
With a thundering voice and a soulful style, Liz Brasher dropped her full-length debut LP in January 2019. The album has tinges of country, gospel, R&B, while weaving in elements of the Delta blues. Brasher doesn’t settle on one genre too long as she seems to effortlessly move from one style to another.
Her voice remains rock-steady, though. Must listens … Love Feasts, Cold Baby, and Blood of the Lamb.
- MATTIEL – Satis Factory – June 2019 – Heavenly Recordings
I’ll bet Mattiel Brown grew up listening to all her parents’ albums. You can almost feel the Patti Smith, Velvet Underground, and Jefferson Airplane dripping from the creases of this record. It’s all-over-the-place funky-different, in a good way. I’m impressed with Mattiel’s vocal range and the way she easily seems to be able to switch vocal styles, too.
My favorite tracks are Keep the Change, Millionaire, and Populonia.
- FAYE WEBSTER – Atlanta Millionaires Club – May 2019 – Secretly Canadian
Faye Webster’s new album is full of what I’d call melancholy folk-pop with tinges of soul and a little country thrown in there, too. Most of the tracks are gorgeously arranged and they seem to enhance Webster’s laid-back, hushed delivery. The pedal steel that appears on a few songs helps to add a brilliant and lush, layered sound.
My top songs include Kingston, Right Side of My Neck, and Room Temperature.
- STELLA DONNELLY – Beware of the Dogs– March 2019 – Secretly Canadian
This is an indie pop record chock full of sweet-sounding songs, albeit with a killer bite. Donnelly writes songs that make you laugh, piss you off, and cause you to think. Plus, she’s really good at it. Guitar-driven hooks are her speciality. By the way, the title track is a stripped-down, solo anthem that’s both powerful and dreamy.
Other songs I enjoy are Tricks, Old Man, and Lunch.
- SHARON VAN ETTEN – Remind Me Tomorrow – March 2019 – Jagjaguwar
You’ve probably heard of her. But this time around Sharon’s added some moody synthesizers to the mix. She hasn’t yet become too polite or politically correct but it’s evident she’s stepped out of her comfort zone, pushing boundaries and willing to explore more personal issues. This is her deepest and most complete work to date.
Potential to become a classic. Songs to hear … Comeback Kid, Seventeen, and Jupiter 4.
- JADE BIRD – Jade Bird – April 2019 – Glassnote Records
Let me start by saying that this is not a perfect indie record. It is, though, a very nice debut album by an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Her two greatest assets: Her gigantic voice and her amazing self-confidence. She won’t win album of the year awards for this record but it is a testament to what I think she’s going to become someday.
Three great songs included on this LP are Love Has All Been Done Before, Lottery, and 17.
Rob Perry is an indie music superfan and one of the nicest people on the planet. His twitter account is @RobPerry64. Rob describes himself as MUSIC LOVER, Dreamer, Fly-Fisherman, USAF Veteran, LGBTQ+ Supporter from Plains GA & Raleigh NC, “Don’t get up gentlemen, I’m only passing through.”