James Vincent McMorrow

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. National – James Vincent McMorrow

2. Too Much – Tora

3. Contra – Talos

4. 5 a.m. – The Millennium

5. Back Around – Dessert

6. Crab Supernova – Percolator

7. Sorrow – Life Without Buildings

8. Forest Fires – Axel Flovent

9. Colerain – Way Yes

10. Hallucinate – Oliver Riot

11. Fear of the Water -SYML

12. The Wisp Sings – Winter Aid

13. Epicurists – Jack in Water

14. Porz Goret – Yann Tiersen

15. Migratory Birds – Western Skies Motel

16. Cheeks – Shoecraft

17. Them – Nils Frahm

18. Februray Tales – Pill-oh

19. I’m Here – Rosemary & Garlic

20. The Quiet at Night – Mary Lattimore

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Redbone – Childish Gambino

2. Blessings – Chance the Rapper

3. Ivy – Frank Ocean

4. Warm On A Cold Night – HONNE

5. Friends (feat. Bon Iver) – Francis and the Lights

6. Alaska – Maggie Rogers

7. Surprise Yourself – Jack Garratt

8. Evil – James Vincent McMorrow

9. Yours – SG Lewis

10. Touch – Shura

11. Slip – Elliot Moss

12. Caves – Haux

13. Painting Greys – Emmit Fen

14. Plastic – Moses Sumney

15. I Don’t Know – Nick Hakim

16. The Big Unknown – Elder Islands

17. The Light – Jordan Rakei

18. Addicted – Iman Omari

19. B4 The Night is Thru – Jesse Boykins III

20. Cut Off – Muhsinah

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

2. I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt

3. Ask Her to Dance – Coconut Records

4. So Many Things to Tell You – Mark Redito

5. Cavalier – James Vincent McMorrow

6. Callow – Novo Amor

7. Francis Forever – Mitski

8. I Wanna Boi – PWR BTTM

9. Lousy Connection – Ezra Furman

10. Listen to the Man – George Ezra

11. I Love You So – The Walters

12. Sleepwalking – Modest Mouse

13. All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Pollsar

14. A Crack in Time – Ferraby Lionheart

15. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

16. Our Love – Sharon Van Etten

17. Heartbeats – The Knife

18. Flaws – Vancouver Sleep Clinic

19. Say Yes – Elliott Smith

20. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. You Know – James Vincent McMorrow

2. From Gold – Novo Amor

3. Sorry – The Intermission Project

4. Little Lover – Foreign Fields

5. bones – DeYarmond Edison

6. Take Care – Tom Rosenthal

7. Gone Tomorrow – The Staves

8. Ghost – Folly & The Hunter

9. For You – Tin Sparrow

10. Go To Me – Jordan Klassen

11. Hummingbird – 41st and Home

12. Hometown Hero – Andy Shauf

13. Lullaby – Dark Mean

14. Friends Hurt – We Are the City

15. Streetlights – Treelines

16. A Joke – The Crackling

17. Medicine Shows – Wool On Wolves

18. Whitewater – Zaac Pick

19. Slow Down – Scott Orr

20. Red, Red – Doug Burr

The Melodic Tree’s top 10 albums of the year

10. Post Tropical – James Vincent McMorrow: The dramatic change between Post Tropical and Early In The Morning was something that was shocking and yet extraordinary at the same time. McMorrow’s shift from folk to a more soulful sound seems to suit his voice that can hit beautiful falsettos.

9. Be Impressive – The Griswolds: Australian pop-rock rarely sounded as good. With catchy guitar riffs, such as in their hit song, “Beware the Dog,” and infectious lyrics, this is a stellar debut album from the Griswolds.

8. Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters: The concept of this album is one-of-a-kind and the way the Foo Fighters recorded it was original to say the least. Collaborating with different bands in each of the cities where they recorded, it is undoubtedly the most creative album of the year. Even with all of these collaborations, there is still the climatic sound of the band laced into it.

7. Supermodel – Foster the People: Foster the People returned this year with what feels like one of the best pop albums of the year. The dark lyrics are matched cool and bubbly instrumentals making the themes in this album virtually inconspicuous.

6. Everything Will Be Alright in the End – Weezer: The comeback from Weezer seems like a breath of fresh air from their previous two records, Raditude and Hurley. The hooks on this album return and gives the fans just want they want. It is reminiscent of their old days and yet guides us into their future.

5. They Want My Soul – Spoon: This follow-up to their 2010 Transference feels as though it’s a new era for Spoon and this is their first album with new guitar and piano player, Alex Fischel. This is a great comeback for the band after taking a few years off. There are hints of new influences throughout the album and yet, there is still the grit that has given Spoon their signature sound.

4. Sun Structures – Temples: The debut from Temples is the perfect album for anyone nostalgic for the 1960’s and 1970’s. With mellow vocals and keyboards, there is no doubt that Temples understand their abilities. The rhythms from drummer, Samuel Toms, on this album are beyond what most bands as young as they are capable of doing.

3. Singles – Future Islands: 2014 was quite the breakout year for Future Islands and it’s obvious with this album why so. The emotions in the lyrics and voice of Samuel Herring are strong and the backing instruments are just as climatic. The synthesizer on this album is one of the many elements that make this album so phenomenal. Singles is of those albums that will be on anyone’s playlist.

2. Young & Sick – Young & Sick: Artist and musician, Nick Hofwegen goes under the pseudonym of Young and Sick for both his art and music. His self-titled debut is a synth-driven R&B album with infectious bass lines. Whether or not you like R&B, Hofwegen seems to incorporate so much into the songs on this album, there is at least one element that everyone will like.

1. Strange Desire – Bleachers: Bleachers’ debut album Strange Desire can seemingly transport its listeners to a John Hughes movie. With climatic songs such as “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” that brings his melancholic lyrics together with intricate melodies and create something refreshing in the world of alternative rock. Frontman, Jack Antonoff creates new and exciting concepts on this album whether it is eccentric collaborations with Yoko Ono or incorporating Grace Dunham’s, Lena Dunham’s younger sister, talking about graduating college into his music.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes

2. Mansard Roof – Vampire Weekend

3. The World at Large – Modest Mouse

4. Don’t You Evah – Spoon

5. Caring is Creepy – The Shins

6. You Only Live Once – The Strokes

7. Lazaretto – Jack White

8. Glacier – James Vincent McMorrow

9. Not A Crime – Gogol Bordello

10. Pink Wonton – Man Man

11. Cayucos – Cayucas

12. For Someone Far Away – Jordan Velez

13. Grand Optimist – City and Colour

14. Sugar – Shout Out Louds

15. Change Your Mind – The Killers

16. Out of Control –  Clear Static

17. Many of Horror – Biffy Clyro

18. Would That Not Be Nice – Divine Fits

19. Percussion Gun – White Rabbit

20. You, Me and the Bourgeoisie – The Submarines

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

Alone In My Home – Jack White

Sparrow and the Wolf – James Vincent McMorrow

Mr Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan

Pocketknife – Ferraby Lionheart

Land of the Bloody Unknown – The Middle East

Fall At Your Feet – Boy & Bear

Changes – Neil Young

Mojo Pin – Jeff Buckley

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

To Be Alive – Brother and Bones

Yet Again – Grizzly Bear

Fireworks – Animal Collective

No One Does It Like You – Department of Eagles

Animal – Miike Snow

Suburban War – Arcade Fire

Dark Eyes – Iron & Wine and Calexico

Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist