The opposite of an end of year list

I don’t have anything against end of year lists. I really don’t. I have my top albums of the year and my top ten songs of the year clearly laid out in my head and I might even tweet about them if you’re lucky. But I’m just going to be annoying and share a few albums that I’ve only started listening to this month instead of over the whole year and that I really really like. I think that’s acceptable – right? Maybe not, but I’m doing it anyway.

Please show me your anti-end of year lists too, would love to see what you’ve found recently.

5. Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest

These guys are elusive. I feel like I should already know them and simultaneously that no-one should ever know them. They’re the kind of band that will never be famous,.  Not because they’re not good enough, that’s just not their vibe. It’s very chilled out, but really intellectual (love that) and also manages to sustain interest even though the songs are LONG and to the untrained ear, all kind of the same. Anyway, they’re super cool and are a good antidote to the relentless Buble being played.

 

4. Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino

In case anyone didn’t realise before, Donald Glover is an actual god amongst us. This album affirms is place amongst the best. It’s new and in true Gambino style it is completely different to what has come before. This album shows off his actually pretty out-of-this world voice and there’s basically no rap. He’s typically unpredictable and intimidatingly multi-faceted. One to watch, to keep watching, to bow down to. Also particularly in love with his Prince-esque Fallon performance. So elusive.

 

3. Varmints – Anna Meridith

Have you ever heard a more drama/theatre/cinematic album? Probably not because this one is spectacular. It’s just that – dramatic, intense, skillfully crafted and poetic. A very very cool album shown to me a by very very cool friend. I listen to it on the train and I feel very powerful. (also a very awesome music video)

 

2. Puberty 2/Bury Me at Makeout Creek – Mitski

Ahhh she’s so cool I really really love these albums and her. She has an entertaining and highly relatable twitter account as well. Would highly recommend. Anyway, the album fulfills all those dreamy American summer fantasies. Her music is hazy and lovely. I have been listening non-stop.

 

My number one is three special mentions.

  • Starboy – The Weekend
  • My Woman – Angel Olsen
  • Don’t You – Wet
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My Top Albums of 2014

This is All Yours – Alt J

Alt J’s eagerly awaited second album ‘This Is All Yours’ dropped in late September, followed by a national tour and worldwide appearances. The progression from their last album is clear to see, but for me, the singles shone brightest. Hunger of the Pine, Left Hand Free, and my personal favourite, Every Other Freckle are perfectly paced, atmospheric tracks and are a credit to the band. However this is not to dismiss the other tracks. Beautifully delicate melodies, such as in Garden of England and Bloodflood II sparkle wonderfully and the charming duet in Warm Foothills add to the ambiance of the album. ‘This Is All Yours’ should be listened to as one piece of music. The electronic tones melt into each other and the gentle ebb and flow of vocals washes over you. It’s all part of Alt-J’s genius musical talent, and their ability to entice and submerge a listener into their dreamlike, slow motion lives.

Favourite Tracks:

  • Every Other Freckle
  • Bloodflood II
  • Hunger of the Pine

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Wanted on Voyage – George Ezra

Injected with life and spontaneity, Ezra’s debut crackles with a folk pop style which addicts even the most cynical of critics. Influenced by his travels and idols like Ed Sheeran, Tom Odell and Mumford and Sons, ‘Wanted on Voyage’ managed to capture my interest and, somewhat unexpectedly, hold it for a whole year. Ezra exploded in 2014, and what with performing at Glastonbury, bringing out his first album and touring he has managed to stick to his roots and stay down to earth. This humbling LP is joyful and warms the soul.

Favourite Tracks:

  • Blame It On Me
  • Listen to the Man
  • Leaving It Up To You

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St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Quirky lyrics and a bold sound gratify the mind and ears in St. Vincent’s self titled LP. Sweeping an extraordinary number of accolades, nominated for a Grammy and NME awards, and a shower of five star reviews, this LP took over 2014 in a big way. Still seemingly remaining under the radar, Annie Clark’s alternative electronic rock has really made an impact in the critics world and justifiably. She weaves and interconnects synth sounds, harmonies and heavy basslines with the epitome of sophistication and class. In this vein, it seems suitable that she sits on a pink throne on her latest album cover, claiming her place as queen.

Favourite Tracks:

  • Prince Johnny
  • Digital Witness
  • Rattlesnake

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