Halfway through the top 25 sits an upbeat rebound from an indie mainstay; a cosmic R&B record draped in velvet; an energetic album full of zippy surf instrumentals; a zeitgeist-shifting Post-pop band; and six of the most personal songs you’ll ever listen to.
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15. Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose
Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit Prose is a wholly satisfying indie record full of well-written songs, bright and playful instrumental melodies, and gorgeous vocal harmonies and features. Lead singer-songwriter David Longstreth brought in an assortment of guests from across the indie community to add some extra flavor to the album. Syd (of The Internet) bounces back-and-forth with Longstreth on the intro track “Right Now”; the ladies of Haim pop in to harmonize on the chorus of “That’s a Lifestyle,” a political song criticizing the tendency of those in power to consume and manipulate the powerless for their own benefit; Amber Mark joins on the soulful and uplifting track “I Feel Energy”; singer-songwriter Empress Of appears on the cinematic “Zombie Conqueror,” which sounds like it could be a Tenacious D tune; Rostam (formally of Vampire Weekend) and Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes) form an indie dream-team with Longstreth on the folksy, lovestruck ballad “You’re the One”; and the veteran music artist Dear Nora comes through on the closer “(I Wanna) Feel It All,” by far the most experimental track on the album (it sounds like a jazz standard arranged by Alfred Hitchcock). After Dirty Projectors’ self-titled project last year - an affecting, mournful breakup album in the wake of Longstreth’s split with girlfriend and bandmate Amber Coffman (who would also leave the band) - it’s encouraging to hear the artist high-spirited and optimistic again on Lamp Lit Prose (with the exception of “That’s a Lifestyle”).
-indie jams are your jam
-you like delightful, sometimes quirky guitar melodies that make your soul feel renewed
-you feel energy
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