With 2016 coming to a close we thought now would be an opportune time for the Spinster staff to list our favorite albums of 2016. Today we have our favorite Canadian transplant Kate Siamro.
1.) Mystery Lights -- Mystery Lights (Buy it Here)
Bravo to this Brooklyn band that knows how to mix psych and garage rock. Each song blends so well into each other. I feel this record deserves way more attention, and I can’t wait to see future albums they put out. Also, their music videos are super campy.
2.) Thee Oh Sees -- Odd Entrances
I suppose It’s been a garage rock psych year for me. This band is in my top for 2016, I wish I found them earlier. The song “The Poem” is so calming and just feels like it’s from another time. Every time I’ve heard this album I’ve found something new.
3.) The Avalanches -- Wildflower (Buy it Here)
This record is such a mesh of hip-hop, disco, indie, and techno. Uplifting and makes me want to dance. It’s a two LP that feels never ending. The catchy tunes got stuck in my head, and I keep playing it whenever I need a pick me up
4.) A Tribe Called Quest -- We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Buy it Here)
Talk about an album that caught me out of nowhere. Although we are still waiting for the record itself to drop, this album release is inspiring and the first song with Gene Wilder shouting at the end got me in tears. 2016 has been a crapshoot year; A Tribe Called Quest dropped this at the perfect time…a few days after a horrible election.
5.) Sturgill Simpson -- A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
I’m not going to lie, in my opinion country music has been a disappointment the past 20 years… and I love classics such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Sturgill Simpson brought back such a raw style that really moved me. His cover of “In Bloom” initially by Nirvana blew my mind and put an entire different tone on the song. This record gave me hope in country music for future years.