We’re more than 25% through 2020 and there haven’t been a whole lot of knock-my-socks-off albums yet. Saturn Return is one of the few. Laura and Lydia Slagle write songs that feel instantly familiar–like traditional classics.
Brandi Carlile is the most obvious comparison and probably the one who has been most successful with this sound in recent years. She helped produce the record and appears several times in the background throughout.
It’s Americana that feels holy, Southern church folk, wonderful music.
RIYL: Brandi Carlile and the more Southern (and less pop) Everly Brothers songs.
Other solid albums I heard recently:
Printer’s Devil by Ratboys. Very, very nice indie pop.
Sole Food by Deniro Farrar. Solid gritty rap.
And finally, the new Boomtown Rats warrants a mention. Solid album from great old band.