Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus – Boygenius (indie / contemporary folk)
The moment I heard that all three of these incredible indie gals would be collaborating on an album, the world just seemed to make a little bit more sense. Lucy Dacus begins the six track project with her rich, ever smooth lead vocals on “Bite The Hand,” the clear fan favorite of the album. The blend of tones during the chorus when all three artists join in harmony makes me want these women to form a permanent trio and release music forever. A close second in terms of my personal favorite tracks would be “Salt In The World,” again because of the euphoric blend of harmony. Check out this album and buy some tickets to their show in Boston this Thursday, 11/8 at the Orpheum Theater before they are sold out!
Tasha – Alone At Last (indie soul / R&B)
I was immediately hooked on this album without even hearing the first note because of the opening track where Tasha recites some strikingly beautiful spoken word poetry. The music comes in on the second track, simple and just scarce enough to compliment the depth and space that Tasha’s voice occupies. Mostly just electric guitar, subtle synths, and laid back percussive lines, the arrangements and instrumentation of each track brings Tasha’s lyrics to life, allowing them room to settle and marinate in the listeners mind. This album is breezy and delicate, yet extremely powerful in theme. I would suggest listening to Alone At Last all the way through and really tuning in to the words.