The Tallest Man on Earth - "Honey, Won’t You Let Me In"
I’ve always been among the first in the room to decry the
“new Dylan” tag anytime someone brings it up. But, damn, it’s hard to deny that
Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson is the closest thing we’ve seen yet.
Time will tell if he’s got the longevity, but his first album, Shallow Grave,
is a hell of a start.
She & Him - "Change Is Hard"
gets all Tammy Wynette on this remorseful
ballad. Deschanel's got one of the most gorgeous voices I’ve ever heard in recent years—she doesn’t knock you over with it, but she’s a master of subtlety and restraint, always
serving the song; never over-emoting.
Whiskeytown - "Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountain Angel"
Second Ryan Adams tune on the list, but this sort of thing
is his stock in trade. This might be the most hauntingly beautiful song I have
ever heard. The way Adams’ voice blends with Caitlin Cary’s is not of this
world. It’s like thin wisp of stardust tossed in the solar wind; like two
apparitions singing together from another spiritual plane. Listening to it
right now, the chills are sprinting up and down my skin. Like they do every
time I hear it.