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The Best Albums of 2016: #20 – 1

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Collage by Valentina Montagna.

If there’s one thing we learned since we launched Bandcamp Daily this past June, it’s that the world of Bandcamp is enormous—encompassing everything from emo in China to cumbia punk in Tucson, Arizona to just about everything in between. So narrowing our Best Albums of the Year down to 100 choices was a daunting task. Here, at last, are our Top 20 Albums of 2016.

More “Best of 2016”:
The Best Albums of 2016: #100 – 81
The Best Albums of 2016: #80 – 61
The Best Albums of 2016: #60 – 41
The Best Albums of 2016: #40 – 21

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Ette’s “Homemade Lemonade” is Fresh-Squeezed Scottish Pop

Carla Easton
Carla Easton.

Since the advent of Postcard Records and its core roster of bands—Orange Juice, Josef K and Aztec Camera—Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, has been a fount of extraordinary pop music. Scottish bands seem to have an unquenchable fascination with pop history, but their approaches are tempered with enough irreverence to interpret those influences in a way that makes the end result unmistakably their own. The Pastels, BMX Bandits, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura—each group conveys an unabashed sense of joy—as if the mere opportunity to make music is its own reward. Lack of technical ability has never been a barrier to entry; some of Scottish rock’s landmark records are the direct result of enthusiasm trumping formal skill. Orange Juice’s epochal debut single, “Falling and Laughing,” applied punk’s dilettante amateurism to a bubblegum melody; the Jesus and Mary Chain’s equally game-changing Psychocandy took the band’s affection for Phil Spector girl groups and barraged it with a hailstorm of ear-splitting feedback.

Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Carla Easton is among the newe generation of Scottish musicians carrying on the legacy of her homeland, in both her four-year-old band TeenCanteen and, most recently, in Ette, a duo with fellow artist Joe Kane (of ultra-prolific duo Dr. Cosmo’s Tape Lab).

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