The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Palehound

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: Palehound

What: Black Friday

When: June 2019

Where: Polyvinyl Record Co.

Why: Ellen Kempner's voice has the potential to break your heart. Trembling at times, resolute at others, Kempner's expressive vocals give life to her emotional, powerful lyrics. Each song on Black Friday wrenches the heart in such a beautiful way. The band's grumbling, gritty folk-kissed ramblings adapt to fit Kempner's delivery, the perfect foil at the perfect timbre. Keep the tissues handy. 

[posted 4.1.20]


Popular Posts