How was your 2014? As demonstrated by the Top Songs/Albums countdown, 2014 was an exceptional year for music. At the end of each year of this blog’s existence I have always found myself questioning how the following year will one-up the previous year, and every year I am surprised by the following year’s ability to exceed my expectations. While many contemn modern music, I always exclaim that good music exists when you life the veil of mainstream mediocrity, and The Music Court exists to help you strip off this superficial covering. Let us help you get a jump start on your 2015. Here are some albums you should check out during the beginning of 2015.
Absent Fathers by Justin Townes Earle – January 13.
Absent Fathers is the apt follow-up companion LP to Single Mothers from the Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle (Steve Earle’s son). Earle’s alt/country croon and guitar-driven tracks are worth a few listens to and, considering the success of Single Mothers, there is no doubt that Absent Fathers will be a solid release.
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists – January 20
If “Make You Better,” the Decemberists’ first single from its seventh studio album, is any indication of what Colin Meloy’s new creation will sound like, I am happy to report that the music will blend The Decemberists’ recent drive to a more pop sound with its alternative roots. The music combines a Death Cab for Cutie sound with a little R.E.M. and even some Carbon Leaf. Then, of course, in typical Decemberists fashion, the song features some diverse instrumentation and creative harmonies.
Vestiges and Claws by Jose Gonzalez – February 17.
I am so very much looking forward to Vestiges and Claws. The album, Jose Gonzalez’ first solo LP release since 2007 (has it been so long?), is bound to be a 10-track testament to 60’s throwback acoustic music. “Every Age,” the official video of which is available on YouTube (and below), is classic Jose Gonzalez, relaxed and melodic with light percussion.