Hey friends! I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and write a little post about the top albums that have made a significant impact on me this year. These aren’t all necessarily released in 2016. Rather, these albums are ones I have stumbled across this year that I now consider in my top 20. And I recommend all of these. I hope you can take some time to try out at least one.
Listed (album title/artist):
1. Velocity:Design:Comfort - Sweet Trip -So this album fell into my lap out of surfing online for things to listen to, and I gotta say how shocked I am to have never heard it before (let alone shoegaze). Now, it sticks to me like glue, and gives me melancholy feelings. It came out in 2003, which just fucking blows my mind, because it is 13 years old now, and I’m sitting on it as if it were brand new. In my mind, it feels like it was released just this year, even though Sweet Trip aren’t really around anymore. I listened to this in May and have played it casually since then. Unbelievable album.There are so many “good parts” on this record that bring powerful feelings. The band made many bold moves that have a large payoff in the final moments of the album, giving you a chance to really reflect on what it means to exist, in the worst year in recent memory.
I believe the concept/story is something about a man and a robot trying to come to terms with each other. The soundscape isn’t explicitly clear about this, but the general idea is there for you to gather. What I imagine is something similar to a white-collar worker in his crappy desk job staring at a CRT monitor sipping on his shitty instant coffee, on a summer day where he’d rather be outside. He is contemplating his life and his shit job, but he carries on to get the bills paid, while this album sits in his 2002 Chevy Cavalier baking in the sunlight.
I listened to the rest of their discography and I have to say what a phenomenal band they were, despite how they never took off. It’s relevant as ever, and the name of the band describes the album better than the title does. If you get a chance, please listen to this album.
2. Nonagon Infinity - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard -I listen to this album as I run and exercise, and it’s been the best album to do so. 3. Congratulations - MGMT -A peculiar listen at first, but it really grew on me. I enjoyed it at first listen as much as I do now. 4. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead -Lots of backstory behind this perfect release, but I’ll save that for a private message if you care to hear me bitch and moan about a bunch of sad shit. This album rules my mind with an event that happened to me that will never go away. 5. Spiderland - Slint -Hey, do you like splinter by spidermonkey? (hester that one’s for you)