Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

14. The Weather Station
(Paradise of Bachelors/Outside Music)

It feels like Tamara Lindeman (aka the Weather Station) has been working up to this; some critics have even suggested that Loyalty, her third album, might be the folk album of the year. Recorded at La Frette Studios in France (the same place in which Feist recorded The Reminder) with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), Loyalty explores loyalty — to friends, family, lovers and ideas; to making music, for example.

It's the kind of record that keeps giving on repeat listens, from the chorus of "Floodplain" to the little mounting vibraphone ding that playfully marks the abrupt end of the album. You can linger on Lindeman's lyrics, too. I puzzled over a line about the subtlety of canyons, then suddenly realized it's an apt metaphor for Lindeman's writing: it goes deep, sometimes only hinting at the dark chasms the lines glance at as they pass by.
Sarah Greene