4. D. Charles Speer & The Helix
After Hours, 2007
After Hours is one of those rare records that cuts across genres like Patton’s tanks plowing through Saharan sands. With their roots in the free improv/drone scene, D. Charles Speer & the Helix take alt-country, country-rock and dusty Americana and filter them through mind-altering psychedelia and fuzzy freakery. But what’s truly amazing is how the group never ditches the tune—or craft for that matter. They love both good songs and wild sounds. All hail a modern classic!
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