Top 11 Albums of 2012
I have a hard time listening to albums. I don’t know why. It’s a weird thing. I just don’t have the patience. How terrible is that? I did however manage to listen to all of these and I really truly think they are worthy of being on this list. I don’t have much else to say but go out and buy them and support them so they can go make more great albums. Thanks.
11. Dntel - Aimlessness [Pampa]
I don’t think this album got many great reviews but who cares about reviews. Half of them are written by kids who have zero musical background. Plus, I hate that an album can get overlooked cus of a bad review. Having said that, here’s my review:
I’ve always been a fan of Dntel and the Postal Service. I like the pop appeal of the latter and the weirder, glitchy sound of the former. I was surprised to see this on Koze’s label. I dont know why, I guess I just thought Dntel were more indie and maybe I was the only person in the electronic dance music scene who had heard of them. Pretty naive, huh? Regardless, it’s a really nice album and I’m happy to play it for you if you want. Cus I feel like you read a review and decided not to listen. But come over and we’ll give it a whirl.
10. Wild Nothing - Nocturne [Captured Tracks]
I haven’t actually listened to this album. I just saw it in a bunch of other lists.
9. Jonny Greenwood - The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Nonesuch Records]
I was just kidding about Wild Nothing, that album is great.
As for The Master, I was waiting for this to come out for a while. The soundtrack and the movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet. I don’t think it’s out in Germany. It came out in America around 4 months ago, so it should be in theaters here around summer 2014. I’m a huge fan of Jonny Greenwood. I saw Radiohead play twice this year and both times I was fixated on him. I couldn’t stop watching him twiddle his knobs (gross), flipping his hair, tweaking shit, and being an overall super geek. He’s a mad scientist and the most talented person in the music industry. Fact.
8. Tame Impala - Lonerism [Modular Recordings]
Very Beatlesesque, psychedelic, modern rock. Synthesizers, guitars, flange. I’d put this on at a house party with some friends and drink, find a time machine, go back to when I was 17 and had no responsibilities, take some acid, put Forest Gump on in the background (I have no idea why I picked that movie), make out with a girl in the bushes, jump in a pool, fall in love, get my heart broken, run from the police, get into a fight, and just make bad decisions.
7. Vessel - Order of Noise [Tri Angle]
Let’s take a minute to also award Tri Angle the label of the year. These guys are on top of it. I wish there was a t-shirt I could buy to show my support. Maybe there is, I haven’t looked. But man, what a label.
Ok, so Vessel. This guy blew me away this year. Podcast, album, side projects, etc. Super talent.
6. Claro Intelecto - Reform Club [Modern Love]
I’ve been a fan of Claro Intelecto for a gazillion years. I feel like him and Andy Stott are like 50 years old and just over everything. They can’t be bothered. They don’t want to go out and see anyone. They just stay inside and make incredible music that makes other producers feel unworthy and unoriginal. This album has some amazing ambient moments on it that completely ripped my heart out. And there are some of the best techno moments of the year on here as well. This track for instance, at 3min 25sec and then at 4min 20 sec. Get outta here with that shit! Game over. You can all go home now and make your Fisher Price House and Techno cus Claro here has got it covered.
5. Holy Other - Held [Tri Angle]
I just realized this list has gotten progressively darker and darker. Musically speaking. I’m kinda emo. Whatever. If I could I would grow my hair like that emo skype guy and flip it all day long to this song. Love Holy Other. So Much.
4. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems [Modern Love]
From start to finish this album is brilliant. A lot more vocals than his previous album which was hella heavy (I just said hella, I’m aware of that). He’s nailed it. Whatever it is he’s doing, he needs to keep doing it and never stop cus his music is a beacon of light in an otherwise dark cavernous world of trite electronic music. Him and Claro are like the two old muppets, Statler and Waldorf (they should use that name for when they work together.) looking down on all the rest, judging them, laughing and being fabulous.
3. Grizzly Bear - Shields [Warp]
Surprised this isn’t #1? Yeah me too. Even so, this album did everything right. Everything I wanted it to do after waiting so long for a follow up to Veckatimest. I feel like they’ve matured so much on this album. I’m hearing new instruments, new exciting arrangements, amazing drum fills, plus other geeky things that I wont mention cus you’ll think I’m weird. They’re my number 2 band after Radiohead. I think they should tour together and work on music and be the best.
2. Actress - R.I.P. [Honest Jon’s]
Well, he kinda can’t be fucked with. I know I was saying some bad things about electronic music up there in the Modern Love threesome I was having but none of that pertains to Mr. Actress. This album was/is one of my favorites of the past decade. A friend of mine told me that someone at RA introduced Actress’ music to Clams Casino one night out in London and Clammy Clams was completely blown away. As he should be. I mean, CC is incredible in his own right, but I love so much that he never heard of Actress and then when he did, he lost his shit.
1. Foreign Fields - Anywhere But Where I Am [I can’t actually find the label, I think they released it on their own on Bandcamp.]
Foreign Fields at #1? I’m sure 98-99% of you are saying, “Who?”. Well, yeah, I know you probably haven’t heard of them but that doesn’t mean anything to me when I’m making these lists. I had so many moments to this album this year, I don’t even know where to start. Actually, I won’t start. But I am telling you that whenever I played this album, people would freak. It almost became a game of sorts, I would put it on and wait to see how long it would take for someone to ask me what’s playing. It’s folk-shoegaze-electronic-ambient-country-indie emo rock. Or something. It’s just an all around class album. I immediately regret even trying to label it. I’m hoping these guys make it over to Europe soon. I see big things for them in the future. Oh, and this is their debut album. Way to come out of the gates guns a blazin’.