Number Seven : J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues (digital release)
It might be cheating, including a digital prerelease of an album that isn’t to be released until next year (to be fair, in less than a month).
But I would be remiss to not make mention of Vacilando Territory Blues because I was so taken by this one. It was only released a couple of months ago but J. Tillman’s voice hits me hard. Simply put.
I can’t really describe his voice other than that there is a longing to it. It’s slightly breathy. The way he sings “You can’t lie worth shit” in Barter Blues (which sort of ends in a really great swarm of shoe-gazy country) seems so unscathing. I would like to be the holder of one of J. Tillman’s great secrets if only to hear him whisper into my ear just once. I would believe anything he sang to me, in fact I’d prefer if any bad news I ever heard from here on out was sung to me by J. Tillman. That’s how much I like his voice.