Feel Good Hits of the Summer: Top 10 albums for the Summer of 2019

This Summer has given us some of 2019’s freshest tunes from artists like Crumb, Devendra Banhart, and Mannequin Pussy to name a few. We hate to narrow it down but the ten artists below have put out some great music and it would  be criminal for you not to check them all out.

So without further ado, here’s my top 10 albums for the summer of 2019!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (8/5-8/9): Will Johnson, Husky Loops

Will Johnson – “Cornelius” [single] – indie folk

Will Johnson’s “Cornelius” is unlike any song. The track proudly shows off folk roots with group vocals and tambourine, but also ventures into rock with a lead guitar that balances out a mellow acoustic guitar and vocal melodies. Johnson’s use of a wide instrumentation gives “Cornelius” a welcoming sound that will make you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire with your friends. It definitely creates a musical journey for listeners that stands out from a lot of today’s music. Experience Johnson’s incredible songwriting and give “Cornelius” a listen!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/29-8/2): Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Louis Prince

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – “Love Forever” [single] – indie rock

“Love Forever” is the perfect song to welcome the end of summer; Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s latest single creates a feel-good mood that’s best enjoyed in the August heat. A catchy chorus and background vocals will have you singing along within moments, while guitar melodies will have you nodding along within seconds. “Love Forever” is a triumph of the indie rock genre, but it’s a great song for fans of any style of music. Don’t miss out on the fun – check out Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s “Love Forever” below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/22-7/26): Ben Harper, Malou Beauvoir

Ben Harper – “Uneven Days” [single] – singer-songwriter

On his latest single, Ben Harper’s skill as a singer-songwriter is undeniable. “Uneven Days” is a masterpiece that shows Harper’s artistry through his ability to open up and be vulnerable with his audience. It begins with ethereal ambient noise, but quickly grows into a more tangible and real sound when Harper comes in with piano. Harper shines with this simple instrumentation as his melodies in the chorus work to highlight the word “uneven” in a way that makes listeners feel, well, uneven. Adding new layers each section, “Uneven Days” tells a musical story that gives listeners something new at every turn. Give it a listen below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/15-7/19): Palace, Wildlife

Palace – “Running Wild” [single] – indie rock

Palace’s new single “Running Wild” has everything a fan of indie rock could want in a song and more. Ambient electric guitars, the bright tones of a snare drum, and vivd lyrics create an introspective and thoughtful atmosphere. The best part of the song, however, isn’t any individual part – it’s the combination of all of the parts. It’s easy to hear the musicians playing off of one another, and it’s easy to tell they’re all having a great time while doing so. You feel like you’re a member of the band listening to it, and their musicianship creates such a fun listening experience. There’s so much to be said about Palace’s artistry and “Running Wild,” but there’s nothing like hearing it for yourself. Check it out below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/8-7/12): Sweet Crisis, Leif Vollebekk

Sweet Crisis – “Black Magic” [single] – rock

Sweet Crisis’ new single “Black Magic” is a hit-in-waiting that pays homage to the good old days of classic rock. It’s hard not to nod along to the multiple layers of electric guitar (including a layer of slide!) and the strong drum beat. Lead vocalist Leo Robarts’ voice ties the group’s sound together perfectly as he sings about love being like black magic. On top of all of this wonderful music, Sweet Crisis treats us to not one, but two solos! There’s not much else to say about this rock masterpiece. Give “Black Magic” a listen below to experience Sweet Crisis’ classic rock vibes for yourself!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/1-7/5): Surf Curse, Run River North

Surf Curse – “Disco” [single] – (indie pop)

With the new single “Disco,” musical duo Surf Curse manages to put a modern spin on the idea of disco, while still maintaining the original upbeat aspects of the disco era. “Disco” is a wonderfully dance-worthy song that draws on the lighthearted aspects of the indie pop genre – clean guitars and energizing drumbeats. Light music and simple lyrics come together to create a track that one can easily sing along with or dance to. Why not both though?  Listen to “Disco” below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (6/17-6/21): Aron Blom, Esther Rose

Aron Blom “King Kong” [single] – indie pop

Aron Blom is an artist with a distinct and beautiful voice that you’ll want to sit and listen to all day long. His new single “King Kong” shows off his smooth voice, as well as some great production. The song takes listeners on a musical journey as multiple layers come together seamlessly to give them exactly what they want, without being predictable. It starts with simple instrumentation that focuses on a guitar line and Blom’s voice, and quickly grows into a musical masterpiece that’ll make you want to dance. It even has a brass-y surprise for you at the end! I cannot recommend this single enough – check it out below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (6/10-6/14): Boy & Bear, Hatchie

Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve” [single] – indie folk rock

Boy & Bear was a new find for me this week, and I am so happy to have found them! Their single “Hold Your Nerve” creates a wonderfully refreshing and lovable sound within the indie folk genre. From clean guitar lines and relatable lyrics to a catchy chorus, you’ll play their new single on repeat. Boy & Bear is easy listening for whatever mood you’re in – check out “Hold Your Nerve” below!

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Liv’s Prime Slices of the Week (5/4-5/10): The Psychotic Monks, Nots

The Psychotic Monks – Private Meaning First – post-punk

Starting my prime slices with one of my all-time favorite bands: The Psychotic Monks. A French post-punk noise band with aspects of ambiance and ethereal moods, quartet Psychotic Monks have released their record Private Meaning First. The record that cradles you with hypnotic rhythms and sounds from an ethereal place. Private Meaning First, their second record, following Silence Slowly And Madly Shines, takes you through a journey that rattles you in your seat, with high quality guitar tones and production. It’s very hard to stray away from this band once you experience their art; it grabs you by the neck and pulls you in.

What I love most about this band is that they have mastered the art of “taming the chaos.” With sounds that are only created with psychotic minds, this group of four has mixed the perfect amount of structure with madness to pull even the average Joe into their cryptic sound. I hope to see them live in the future, but for now they are only playing shows in their homeland, France.

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