“Excelsior!” is the first LP by NYC-based singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels. Produced by Sam Evian, the album features contributions by the likes of Courtney Marie Andrews, Hannah Cohen, A.O. Gerber or Lomelda’s Hannah Read. If you’ve followed us long enough, you know this means we’ve already sticked our seal of approval five times. Come for the copious namedropping, stay for some of the best lyrics of the first half of 2021.
We’re almost done with 2020, but December still had a couple of tricks on its sleeve, including a surprise new Taylor Swift release. But our album of the week has to be the unexpected collaboration between Canadian duo Kacy & Clayton and NZ songwriter Marlon Williams – one that makes all the sense in the world. “Plastic Bouquet” essentially feels like another essential Kacy & Clayton record, but the Williams-enhanced harmonies take the songs to another level.
Our first playlist of the year looks back into December, picking some of the best singles released last month and focusing on Duster’s self-titled record, their first album in 19 years. The lo-fi indie rock trio’s first two albums were largely forgotten by the general public after they were released in the twilight of last century, but an online cult following surged in the last few years. This has culminated on the release of a Numero Group issued boxset earlier in 2019, and a new studio album followed later in the year.
Plus: new singles and songs from forthcoming albums by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Son Little, Caroline Rose, Los Coast, Whiskey Wolves of the West, The Yearlings, Jonathan Wilson, Spider Bags, Jung Shackleton & Buck Meek, LEYA, Pop. 1280, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE/ official, Bill Fay, John Moreland, Terry Allen Art/Music, Holly Macve, Nadia Reid, Squirrel flower, Shannon Lay, Soccer Mommy, Marem Ladson, Branko / Ana Moura / Conan Osiris, and Natalia Lafourcade Oficial.
Bolachas Now Playing, 32/2017 (#117):
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Anthem for No State, Pt. III
Timber Timbre – Les Egouts
The Deep Dark Woods – Fallen Leaves
Torres – Helen in the Woods
Cut Copy – Black Rainbows
Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks
The Lemon Twigs – Why Didn’t You Say That?
BadBadNotGood – Confessions Pt. III
Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr. – Ohio
Hiss Golden Messenger – Harder Rain
Hiss Golden Messenger – Gulfport You’ve Been On My Mind
Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast
Rodney Crowell – Tobacco Road
Willie Nelson – Mind Your Own Business
Twain – Little Dog Mind
The Texas Gentlemen – Superstition
Conor Oberst – Southern State
Eilen Jewell – The Poor Girls Story
Holly Macve – All I Have To Do Is Dream
Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World is our album of the week.