The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #54 - Spindrift

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: Spindrift

WHAT: Ghost of The West

WHEN: October 2013

WHERE: Tee Pee Records

WHY: There's always been a touch of the theatrical to Spindrift, and it definitely becomes them. The songs on latest record Ghost of The West come off as a psych-tinged tribute to the music of the spaghetti western, and Ennio Morricone would most certainly approve. Their Wild West shades and spirits creep across the streets of tumbling down ghost towns like so many tumbleweeds, stirring up dust and recalling the days when men were men and shot each other in the street just because they could. Another wonderfully cinematic listen from a back catalog full of film-worthy epics.  

MY JAMS: “The Ballad of Paladin” “The Matador and The Fuzz” “Gunfighter” “Wanderers of The Wasteland” “Ghost Riders in The Sky”

[posted 2.8.14]


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