CCFX EP by CCFX
The band at #25 represents the first “new” band on this year’s list. CCFX are the combination of two Olympia bands (neither of whom I was familiar with before writing this line) CC Dust and Trans FX, but they don’t sound like they’re from the Pacific Northwest. They do sound like they’re from another era.
This is a continuation of where The Cure or the Cocteau Twins (good Cure and good Cocteau Twins) left off a few decades ago. You’ll recognize it immediately in the jangly guitars and the warbly, buttery vocals from frontwoman Mary Jane Dunphe. Unfortunately, the band has only this four song EP to their name, for now.
The above song, “The One to Wait”, is the shining highlight. This song is SO good. Please give it a listen by clicking play, above. I’ve listened to this song nearly every day since I first heard it a couple months ago. There are other good songs on the EP as well — “Venetian Screens” is almost as good as “The One to Wait.” And while the EP only has four songs, it leaves me hopeful that CCFX will go on to produce a fantastic debut album in the coming year.
26. Woodstock by Portugal. The Man
27. MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent
28. On the Spot by Hot 8 Brass Band
29. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
30. Planetarium by Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, & James McAlister
31. A Moment Apart by Odesza