photo by Heather Wilson Smith

Here are five of my favorite autumnal albums: sounds that emit a subdued, warm glow; and soft, round edges, manifested as organic, woody and resonant instrumentation.

tennis

Their best album yet; a retro blend that sounds both familiar and fresh. Click for full review.

erlend-øye-legao

Erlend Øye’s Legao contains songs of disappointment set to sunny, laid-back grooves; the perfect combination. Click for full review.

young-summer-siren

What commercial pop ought to be. Click for full review.

NYCJan15Music

Because what’s better than crate digging?

real-estate-atlas

So effortlessly flowing and gentle, it’s like being inside the singer’s head as thoughts drift by. Click for full review.

sondre-lerche-please

His usual consummate pop craft applied to the breakup of a long-term relationship. Click for full review.

phox

Immensely talented multi-instrumentalists, terrific songs, playful arrangements and, oh, that voice. Click for full review.