Jamie Randolph has one of those voices that makes you feel like a more sincere person just listening to it. His lyrics engulf you after just a couple words, and this album as a whole is easily one of our favorites of the year. Villain ($12; June 6) stretches all the way from darkly mellow indie rock with stellar strings to emo-esque acoustic rhythms and tender piano to Kravitz-like chunks of electric goodness. Some that we've let listen to Villain say Jamie reminds them of Ryan Adams or John Mayer. Yeah, if John Mayer was a student of the occult. Standout tracks: "Chanson Du Vampire" and "Professional Time Killers."
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