Six Parts Seven guitarist Allen Karpinski offers his favorite five.
1. Nick Drake, Pink Moon
Bleak, yet not without hope. "Which Will" could be the most gorgeous song ever.
2. My Morning Jacket, At Dawn
Echolocation. Perfect for long drives, watching the landscape dip and stretch out . . .
3. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
Like Don Quixote: Endless worlds are contained within. Nothing is held back, nothing in this music says no.
4. Matt Sweeney/Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Superwolf
Will Oldham never forgets that love and shared erotic pleasure must remain playful to thrive.
5. Sun Kil Moon, Ghosts of the Great Highway
The serene warmth of Mark Kozelek's voice, like a whisper, curled into an ear. Easy surrender.