The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Chaunter

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: Chaunter

What: Dream Dynamics

When: March 2019

Where: Self-released

Why: Wild and woolly, Chaunter's Dream Dynamics is as kaleidoscopically kooky and out there as you could hope for, full of that certain eccentricity that feels unique to Baltimore. With guest appearances from Jana Hunter (Lower Dens) and Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands), the Charm City spirit is strong. Outer space psych and theatrical freak folk ("freakwave," according to the band) abound, giving the record a sense of irreverent unpredictability. Perhaps it's all one big dream, too, as the band's social media presence has disappeared. If Dream Dynamics is all that's left of Chaunter, it's a heck of a way to go. 

[posted 2.14.20]


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