Last week's addition of Built to Spill was a shot of steroids into this year to this year's already strong line-up. This is a band that has been consistently releasing quality albums for almost two decades while still managing to stay relevant with whatever sea change of aestheticism might hit them. Though they may have released more accessible work since then, the best demonstration of their musical prowling and depth has been their major label debut album Perfect From Now On. From the existential petitioning on opener "Randy Described Eternity" to the malicious bombast of "Stop the Show", the record continually explores the limits of demolishing and then rebuilding using traditional rock instrumentation. If music is a form of communication, then frontman Doug Martsch has developed his own language through his malleable and robust guitar texturing. It's a record that doesn't ever sound tired or presumptuous while still coming from a place of exploration and profound doubt.
Built to Spill - I Would Hurt a Fly