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The Melodic Tree’s Top 3 Albums of the Year

3. Ben Varian – Quiet Fill

Ben Varian seems to have perfected the craft of pop music. with somewhat absurd lyrics and upbeat melodies and instrumentations makes it the ultimate pop album. Bringing the mundane into lyrics and making it actually enjoyable is a very difficult feat but somehow he made it. The name of the album is also aptly titled as it filled the time Ben was not doing something else, like going on tour with Dent May or recording a 24-hour live album.

2. Florist – If Blue Could Be Happiness

Florist is one of those bands that will tug at every one of the heart strings in your body whether you want it or not. The simplicity of this album is what intitally draws the listener in and the fragility in the lyrics keeps them in. In order to make sense with a parent’s death, Emily Sprague finds logic and comfort in everyday affairs while somehow still showing empathy through the lyrics about coping with loss.

1. Coma Cinema – Loss Memory

One of my favorite projects of the last few years recently put out its final release under the name. Filled with songs digging deep into his childhood and the pain that came with it. “At home there’s blood on my bed/and no running water/there is a room i don’t go in/i see myself through the door/me and my mom used to hide there/crying our prayers through a window.”

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Window – Coma Cinema

2. Veil – The Washboard Abs

3. Cassette Jam One – Ada Babar

4. Capacity – Big Thief

5. Bread – Ben Varian

6. Time On Her Side – Future Islands

7. Heart Basel – The Drums

8. Glowing Brightly – Florist

9. Losing All Sense – Grizzly Bear

10. Road Head – Japanese Breakfast

11. Never Been Wrong – Waxahatchee

12. Baybee – Jay Som

13. 123 – Girlpool

14. Star Roving – Slowdive

15. Hard to Say Goodbye – Washed Out

16. Appointments – Julien Baker

17. The Embers – Vagabon

18. Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex

19. Real Death – Mount Eerie

20. Kept Women – Fleet Foxes

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Homeward Bound – The Washboard Abs

2. vi0 Circle – Mikal Cronin

3. Gone For Good – Nobunny

4. Dress Up In You – God Help the Girl

5. Green – Diane Coffee

6. Tu es beau – Yelle

7. In the Kingdom – Mazzy Star

8. Static Buzz – Snail Mail

9. Mythological Beauty – Big Thief

10. Walkie Talkie – Palm

11. Inner over – Land of Talk

12. Julie’s Place – Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever

13. Seet Sound of Ignorance – Soko

14. Gong Mad as the Street Bins – L.A. Salami

15. Boyfriend – Markia Hackman

16. Here Tarot Lies – No Joy

17. Safe Changes – Talaboman

18. Don’t Go Back at Ten – Girl Ray

19. Colour of Water – Rose Elinor Dougall

20. Love That’s Gone – La Sera

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Church Candy – Booty Feet

2. Slip Away – Perfume Genius

3. I Think You’re Really Beautiful – Starry Cat

4. Weird Around You – Eerie Summer

5. manhattan – small dad

6. There’s No Use in Trying – Acid Ghost

7. Lover is a Day – Cuco

8. Gap in the Clouds – Yellow Days

9. Strange Boy – The Shacks

10. Ran Ran Run – Pavo Pavo

11. Your Version of Me – Steady Holiday

12. Shark Smile – Big Thief

13. unreal tournament – Freya Crescent

14. Good Luck – The Undercover Dream Lovers

15. Key Largo – Arbes

16. Brown Study – Vansire

17. Get Upset – Soy Christmas

18. Away – Mons Vi

19. It Feels the Same Everyday – Yellow House

20. Ever – Tiny Deaths

Wilco reveal lineup for Solid Sound Festival

Wilco have announced the lineup for their Solid Sound Festival. Performers include Television, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Kevin Morby, Big Thief, Robert Glasper Experiment, Daniel Bachman, Joan Shelley, Jeff Parker Trio, the Nels Cline Four, and Tweedy. Wilco will headline the first two nights of the festival. John Hodgman also curated the comedy for the fest. Check out the full lineup here. Solid Sound will take place from Friday June 23rd to June 25th at MASS MoCa in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Tickets are available at the festival’s official website.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Name for You – the Shins

2. Sleep Apnea – Beach Fossils

3. Let Down – Bored Nothing

4. 17 – Youth Lagoon

5. Paul – Big Thief

6. Rituals – Pill Friends

7. Anthems for a 17 Year Old Girl – Broken Social Scene

8. Mood – Porches

9. Nobody’s Baby – The Sweater I Gave You

10. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors

11. Radical – It Looks Sad.

12. White Gloves – Khruangbin

13. Katy Song – Red House Painters

14. Little Fang – Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks

15. Spoiled – Infinity Crush

16. Told Ya So – Adult Mom

17. Gloomy Planets – The Notwist

18. Goddess On A Hiway – Mercury Rev

19. Black Rice – Women

20. Sandy – Jackson Scott

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Apple Pie Bed – Lawrence Arabia

2. So Bad – Starsystem

3. All I Wanna Do – Splashh

4. Leech – Ghost King

5. Is This What You Could Not Do? – Gold Celeste

6. Hunk Beach – The Walters

7. Solar Laws – Yellerkin

8. Pentecost – Kyle Craft

9. Masterpiece – Big Thief

10. Your Temporary Custodian – John Congleton and the Nighty Night

11. 3fast – Sioux Falls

12. Dance – Banned Books

13. Problem – Hovvdy

14. Turnstile – Lionlimb

15. Hold On Tight – The Paellas

16. Holiday – Surf Friends

17. Never Had a Dream – Hunck

18. Level – Our Girl

19. Predictions – Pinemen

20. Santa Fe – Beach Skulls