Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ken's Best Albums of 2013: #4: Laura Stevenson - Wheel

It appears Jeff and I finally agree on a release, and it makes sense. He was the one who introduced me to Laura Stevenson and her song "Masters of Art." "Masters of Art is quite possibly one of the most perfect indie pop songs ever recorded. While nothing on Wheel quite captures that level, it's by far her most solid album yet.

Even though she used to be in Bomb the Music Industry, there is virtually no sign of her pop punk/ska past in this collection of songs. They exist somewhere between folk and indie pop, with some leaning a bit more heavily towards one of the sides than another. She has always reminded me of Tanya Donelly's earlier solo work. On Wheel, "Runner" is the obvious single and by far the most poppy and catchiest song on the album. "Bells & Whistles" and "Eleanora" are my own personal favorites. Be warned, though. I went to see Laura Stevenson earlier this year, and as great as the show was, I was the oldest person there by at least 10 years. She definitely has a strong college age following, which gives me hope for the twerking youngsters.

Laura Stevenson only has one date planned so far for 2014, but head on over to her website for the details and to purchase a Ken and Jeff approved album! You can also stream the whole thing below.

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