The Autumn Defense: Circles
John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist wiz Pat Sansone (who logged time in the studio and on the road as an accomplished sideman with the likes of Joseph Arthur and Josh Rouse). Their latest disc, Circles, is quite possibly the prettiest and most sincere album of the year. Each softly uttered word (sung over warm melodies reminiscent of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds) feels like romanticized truth. A truly emotionally compelling album.