I’m not a big fan of ‘best of’ lists; music taste is so a subjective and personal yet many of the lists we see are populated by the same records and artists making the whole thing rather trite even perhaps a little suspicious.
Instead of heading down that route then we’ve decided at NE:MM to shine a little light on 10 records released this year that may have escaped your notice and that you may like.
In no particular order then:
POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS – PINK FUR
Our reviewer Elizabeth Atkin said: The album is a fusion of styles accumulating in a dark, funky, punk. It’s moody, maybe a little depressed, yet colourfully portrayed and sweetened by Alice Scott’s vocal contribution. If this album was a colour, it would be crimson. It’s rich, it’s stylish. It’s creative storytelling, it’s something different.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS – GOING TO HELL
Our reviewer Wayne Madden said: I didn’t expect to like this album, but I loved it – the female vocals actually complimenting the alternative rock style and bringing flavour and credence to the music. When you hear this record you just might be surprised you’ve not heard it before.
DEEPCHORD – LANTERNS
Our reviewer Matthew Scott said: You will find yourself astonished; flabbergasted; astounded; but at the same time mellow and soothed. The hour will pass in a flash but also somehow at a crawl. You will emerge, hopefully, feeling the same as I do; you’ll have no words for what you have just experienced, but you’ll nonetheless know that it was extraordinarily special.
BIRDS OF CHICAGO – LIVE FROM SPACE
Our reviewer Greg Johnson said: So, what we have here is one of those albums that we don’t seem to get enough of anymore. You know – the ones with excellent original songs, superb faultless musicians, fantastic voices and an exuberance that can’t be faked and only comes from a band who really loves what they are doing – I’m sure you will too.
BLOOD RED SHOES – BLOOD RED SHOES
HER NAME IS CALLA – NAVIGATOR
Our reviewer Neil Pace said: a perfect example of an album that takes a little time to get to know, but you have my word that you’ll receive an impressive return on all time invested.
INSPIRAL CARPETS – INSPIRAL CARPETS
Our reviewer Neil Pace said: I’m often prone to overblown, over-reaching statements, but this is the album of the year so far. This time I really mean it.
SLOW DECADES – THE FROST AND THE CONCRETE
Our reviewer Tom Hollingworth said: Some of these songs have been loved and given life at gigs for many years and time has now granted them a place on this very special debut. It is the organic result and generous gift of musicians living and breathing the music that they love.
DAVIDGE – SLO LIGHT
Our reviewer Neil Pace said: Like a mellowed-out version of Massive Attack infused with great chunks of Craig Armstrong’s best soundtracks and smaller chunks of Peter Gabriel at his most atmospheric.
SAINT SAVIOUR – IN THE SEAMS
Our reviewer Russell Poad said: Some of the most beautiful songs are simply constructed, words and a simple melody given room to breathe. Think “Everybody Hurts’ by REM or ‘Waterfalls’ by Paul McCartney. Saint Saviour’s new record is an album full of such delicate gems.