I Had a Dream That You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
The two gentlemen at #19 have been featured on the Bacon Top 31 a combined five times over the years, as Hamilton Leithauser is the former front man for (now defunct) The Walkmen (#26 in 2010, #9 in 2012, and his solo album was #11 in 2014), and Rostam is the longtime producer and cowriter for Vampire Weekend (#6 in 2010, and #3 in 2013). So you know their first album produced together is also going to make it onto the Top 31.
Leithauser’s gravelly, strained croon combined with Rostam’s excellent production — along with their own instrumentation and a litany of backup performers — creates for a solid rock and roll album. The two first worked together on a couple songs on Leithauser’s awesome solo album, and this is the first time they’ve created an entire album together.
If you’re a fan of either of these mens’ amazing back catalogs, then you should seek out this album. They’re also coming through town in January, playing two shows at the Tractor on January 21. I’m heading to the late-night show. Will you be there?
20. ★ by David Bowie
21. Farewell, Starlite! by Francis and the Lights
22. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
23. LNZNDRF by LNZNDRF
24. Puberty 2 by Mitski
25. Light Upon the Lake by Whitney
26. A Corpse Wired for Sound by Merchandise
27. Away by Okkervil River
28. case/lang/veirs by case/lang/veirs
29. Love Letter for Fire by Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
30. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future by Underworld
31. Preoccupations by Preoccupations