Just kiddin' – it's been a bit batshit hasn't it?
Maybe it’s that Christmas is little over eight weeks away, but October’s turned us into very positive people. In the veritable rush from record labels to release everything that’s been gathering dust on the shelf this year, there have only been a couple of howlers. The strength of this month leaves us with a substantial list and plenty of honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut, too – just listen to Vagabon, clipping, Patrick Watson. And brace yourselves: here are the 15 best releases from October. You can listen to one every other day next month while we decide if the rest of the year’s worth telling you about.
Artist: Big Thief
Title: Two Hands
What is it? The second album Big Thief release this year is the earthy companion piece to their celestial first, filled with the raw folk songs Adrianne Lenker is proudest of.
L&Q says: “Two Hands is a musical treat, full of aching fervour; sincere and honest without feeling overwrought or affected.”
Read Katie Cutforth’s review.