It has been reported that 99 percent of all music streaming activity comes from just 10 percent of all available songs, meaning that the most popular tracks are pretty much all most people listen to. Even if those reported numbers aren’t completely accurate, that still feels true. That’s great for those artists, but what about everybody else? What about the folks who don’t have as much promotional firepower in their arsenal but are still releasing terrific material that ought to be heard? Well, this is my small attempt to help level that disparity: A list of this week’s finest indie albums that you may not have heard, or even heard of.
There were some solid releases this week, like a terrific Midlake solo project and an album from somebody you may have seen in a critically acclaimed movie last year, so check it all out below.
E.B. The Younger — To Each His Own
Texas folk group Midlake hasn’t put out a new album since 2013, but the band’s members have kept busy over the past few years. The latest example of that is Eric Pulido’s new E.B. The Younger album, which features tunes like the warm Americana track “When The Time Comes” and the rollicking “Used To Be.”
Ben Dickey — A Glimmer On The Outskirts