The new J.Tillman record Year in the Kingdom (9/22 Western Vinyl) has been a staple around here over the past month or more. While at times recalling the better parts of Ray Lamontagne, Tillman is able to retain a soft darkness to his songs, which keep them out of the straight ahead "singer songwriter" vein and in the more mysterious hard to pin down, "indie" genre. Being in the Fleet Foxes helps a lot too. Yet, Tillman was a well established songwriter in his own right, before being tapped to diddle the skins for the Foxes. He's a prolific musician that is well deserving of the attention he's been garnering of late. Let's hope it keeps up.