Top 50 of 2016: Part 5 (10-1)

10. Wintersleep – The Great Detachment Release date: March 4, 2016  After the growing success of their previous discography, Wintersleep set out to create a spirited and more organic effort by recording live-off-the-floor. The result: their best record yet. Their energy on stage and sonic presence was almost perfectly transposed into The Great Detachment. Anyone can fill an album with sound and effects, but Wintersleep feverishly stitch together percussion, guitars, keys, bass, and lead singer Paul Murphy’s grizzly vocals into a quilt of rhythm and melody.   Favourite track: “Amerika” 9. Glass Animals…

Jack Garratt – Phase

(If you like: Chet Faker, Ed Sheeran, Son Little)  As the saying goes, if you want something done properly, just do it yourself. British multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt takes that to heart when writing his music. A guitar, a keyboard, a drum machine, and a soulful voice make up Garratt’s toolbox on his debut record Phase. Combining elements of electronic, alternative, and heart-felt lyricism, his music is something heard before, but in a refreshing way. All of the songs from Phase share a similar resemblance: trembling bass drum, blues-inspired guitar riffs,…