Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #40 – Gringo Star

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Gringo Star

WHAT: Floating Out To See

WHEN: October 2013

WHERE: My Anxious Mouth

WHY: Mix bands like The Kinks and The La-De-Das with a little puff of psychedelia and some good old raucous, rakish Southern charm, and you end up with those irrepressible Atlantans Gringo Star. Latest effort Floating Out To See is another collection of fun, shimmy-worthy nuggets full of good times. I must issue a warning, though, several of these songs are likely to get stuck in your head, so be prepared to find yourself humming “Find A Love” or “Going Way Out” without even realizing it.

MY JAMS: “Find A Love” “Going Way Out” “Taller” “100 Miles” “The Start”





[posted 2.25.14]

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