By: Jeremy McGuire
Donovan Wolfington – Waves (Community Records)
This album came as a huge surprise to me. I’ve been following the band since a tour they did with Frameworks a few years back, but their music never really hit me. That changed with this album. It’s kind of all over musically and that’s why I love it. Its somehow soft, heavy, fast, slow, weird, straight-forward, etc. while still sounding consistent and thought out. One of my favorites so far this year, it’s a shame they broke up upon the release of the album.
Favorite track: “Ways”
Ratboys – GL (Topshelf Records)
Short, sweet, and to the point. That’s one of my favorite descriptions of music regardless of genre. This EP delivers a LP’s worth of feeling in a shorter package. Ratboys released this record with no fanfare but it still caught my attention with its alt-country vibe intermingling with an indie rock base. After catching them for the first time at Fest 16 last year, this EP makes me hope to see them again soon.
Favorite track: “GL”
Fiddlehead – Springtime and Blind (Run for Cover Records)
To be honest, I kind of never expected a full-length from Fiddlehead. Until now, they’ve been a second thought side-project to some very successful bands but hopefully that changes with this record. Combining indie rock melodies and post-hardcore aggression, this band successfully captures the sound that tons of bands have been trying for recently. And they do it with some super heartfelt lyrics about the death of the vocalist’s father. You can tell that he almost needed to write this record to help get him through the struggle of that. I hope Fiddlehead’s members really embrace this record and do some touring, as it really deserves the attention.
Favorite track: “Lay Low”