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“Light” from singer/guitarist Pat Hull is one of the most beautiful records I’ve ever listened to. It’s the kind of album that you can’t just put on in the background, whilst focusing on a distraction. This album draws your attention in, with it’s unpredictable hooks and interesting turns. The 10 songs seem to connect as one, as Pat’s alto vocals intertwine with a fingerpicked guitar and friend’s vocals in amazing harmony. Listening to this album is an experience everyone should really have.

Last year when I discovered Pat Hull, it was when I was opening a show that he was headlining in San Francisco. It was my first solo-gig, and Pat totally blew me away. He’s true. When you hear him play you realize that he just has something. Not something that he practiced and figured out, but something that’s just in him.

This record popped up somewhere and I decided to check it out, simply based on the cover art. They are an awesome indie rock band. On earlier songs they had more of that lo-fi dreamy washed out sound, and I guess now they are more rock.

I think their song below is absolutely amazing. The vocals are nice and powerful, in a “im yelling in my garage” type of way. The guitars sounds are simple. The drums are just right. Check them out:

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Shara Warden, who goes by My Brightest Diamond, is incredible. I first saw her when she was singing with the Decemberists, and even though her part in the band was small, she was very memorable.

All Things Unwind goes all over the place. The sweeping arrangements move in ways you don’t expect, and Shara’s voice goes from a soft whisper at times to a belting yell. This is one of my favorite songs:

This band is a new discovery for me. It took me a little while to really appreciate how awesome they are, but I now feel it. With The Devil Whale you get a nice mix of catchy chorus melodies and neat riffs, backed up by lyrics that are fun to discover. They are definitely poppy, but it a way that I enjoy. They do a good job mixing the sounds of two guitars and a keyboard too. You will also hear tons of those powerful chorus moments because everything is so nicely in sync. Check out some songs:

For about a year now Inter Arbiter by Inlets has been a regular sound in my headphones. I simply can’t get enough of it.

Sebastian Krueger (who is Inlets) takes guitars, banjo, clarinet, and a bunch of other fun toys, and creates absolutely beautiful arrangements that sound like nothing you’ve ever heard. There are so many tiny details to discover, and atmospheres to exist in. The defining feature of Inlets though is his hauntingly beautiful vocal abilities. One of my favorite songs is called “Canteen,” and there’s a great video of him playing that below. Definitely headphone music, in my opinion.