So, have you check out my list of the Best Albums of 2016 (so far)? I’d encourage you to do so now if you haven’t already. Today’s Sunday Spotify 16 is something of an extension to that list. The Ghost has included alternate favorite choices from certain albums and EPs. In addition, I’m mentioning several great releases that didn’t quite make the cut. Oh, and Happy 4th of July to all! Have a wonderful and safe holiday.
- Relick, “Offering”
The Twin House EP made the cut, and while “I Wouldn’t Lie to You” is my favorite track, “Offering” comes a very close second.
- Mind Spiders, “Prosthesis”
Of all the albums that made the list, Prosthesis was the hardest to choose one single favorite. While I selected “Split in Two” earlier, my favorite might be the title track. Then again, maybe it’s “No Filter”. Or “Rip It Out”. Or…
- Bronco Simmons, “Heavy Chandeliers”
Bronco Simmons didn’t quite make the cut with their Younger Days EP. It’s still a remarkable debut from a young up and coming group from the Big D.
- Reddening West, “The River”
I constantly flip back and forth between “All You Need” and “The River” as my favorite from Reddening West. But really, every song of the Stare EP slays me. That was a helpful factor in Stare making the Best of 2016 (so far) list.
- Cut Throat Finches, “Toska”
I love the intro to this song. The band’s lead singer Sean Russell is writing some of the best songs of the year. It’s songwriting skills like that which earned Reality a slot on the list of best albums so far this year. Shameless plug time: you can see the band perform August 27th at Double-Wide for The Ghost’s birthday celebration. Birds of Night and Austin’s The Cover Letter round out the bill. End of shameless plug.
- Giant Kitty, “Don’t Stop That Bus”
While the band’s This Stupid Stuff album didn’t make the cut, it’s still one of the more fun Texas albums released this year. Riot grrl fans take heed.
- Alexandria Rhea, “Anything Else”
Are you tired of The Ghost raving about Alexandria Rhea and her EP Naked Soul? Too bad, deal with it. Her witty (and somewhat salty) tracks are a killer combination of jazz, folk, and catchy goodness. This is quite possibly the strongest debut release of the year, and it earned her a spot on the best releases of the year (so far) list.
- Daniel Markham, “Slayer Tapes and AM Radio”
Sorry, Mr. Markham. If the list was Best Song Titles of the Year, you surely would’ve been atop that list. As it is, you’ll have to settle for a very honorable mention for best albums of the year thus far.
- Calliope Musicals, “Echo of the Woos”
While this probably ranks as the best song to emerge from Austin this year, the band’s album Time Owes You Nothing didn’t quite make the cut. It’s still a very enjoyable slice of indie pop nevertheless.
- Hightower, “Wondering Eye”
Here’s another track from Echo Spring, an album filled with killer tracks merging together the worlds of pop, blues, rock, and soul. Considering how often The Ghost has raved about Hightower, it’s likely no surprised that their album was on the list of best releases so far in 2016.
- Sarah Jarosz, “Take Another Turn”
Call it a hunch, but her album Undercurrent may wind up on a few “Best of” lists from critics outside the state of Texas. Jarosz was the only “Sorta Texas” artist to make the cut.
- Matthew Gray, “This Is What I’ve Learned About Losing”
The title track to this EP cuts right to the heart. While the rest of the EP is solid, it fails to reach the emotional magnitude of this track. As a result, I can only give the EP an honorable mention.
- The Roomsounds, “Taking It All Wrong”
Wait, the band’s Elm St. failed to make the Best of list? Shocking, isn’t it? What can The Ghost say except that the competition has been super tough this year.
- Midnight County, “By My Side”
Southbound is a solid release of country songs sung incredibly well by Justin Russell. While the album only gets an honorable mention , I’d still recommend keeping an eye on this country band. Speaking of keeping an eye, a video for this song should be released shortly. The Ghost will update you on further developments regarding the aforementioned video.
- Missing Sibling, “Always”
Another honorable mention for Missing Sibling’s self titled album. Further proof of how stiff the competition was for the Best of 2016 (so far) list.
- Garrett Owen, “Razor Blade Family”
OK, so Garrett Owen hasn’t exactly “released” his album yet, and the version of the song heard here is from his 2011 Slightly Foreign EP. Some might think that this is merely an excuse for The Ghost to plug his Summer Acoustiganza happening Saturday at Opening Bell Coffee. Is there a problem with that? Oh, look below. What’s that? Oh, a Summer Acoustiganza poster. How cool!