I almost missed out on this album. It came out in July 2012, but when I first heard about it, I was at work and my attempt at making a mental note to check it out when I got home failed (as do most of my mental notes made at work). So it wasn't until 2013, after seeing it picked as Gold Flake Paint's #1 album of the year, that my brain conveniently remembered where it had put that mental note and 'sailor' finally found its way into my headphones. And it has remained there all year (granted, we are only a month in to the year, but still…).
It really is a beauty of an album. There are elements of hip hop and folk and everything in between —and I know that sounds like it could be horrible— but 'sailor' really is a masterpiece example of bedroom recording done very right. It's hard to pick a favourite track, so I won't. There is no need to. The entire album is great and the entire album is available as a free download, so there really is no point trying to cherry pick a track or two. Just go get the whole thing, as not doing so would be a crime against that part of your brain that sits waiting patiently for you to finally put something like this on repeat (this album is also a fine example of where I wish an artist made it possible to pay for their album, as I'd really love to add this one to my Bandcamp collection).
I can't quite wrap my head around how relatively unknown this guy is. I'm sure it won't last long, but still. People who make albums like this (and his previous gem) should be drowning in Facebook likes.