7. Caleb Stine, 'The Mountain' (self-released)

More of an anti-single, Stine's placid recitation on hope and the absurdity of the unthinkable present perches you inside the head of a man who climbed all the way to the top of the mountain, nearly died on the way, and couldn't remember why he went in the first place once he got there. Taken from his somewhat Tarkovskian sixth album "Maybe God Is Lonely Too," Stine now catches his ideas in the perfect place, both less thought-out and more at the same time. His editing has also become very precise, moving songs like this out of the realm of commodity and into that of an auteur. Best experienced with a blindfold and headphones. (Travis Kitchens)

The Mountain by Caleb Stine from Allen Moore Films on Vimeo.

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