This has been quite the good year for music! The funny thing about this year is that I went into it expecting it to be underwhelmed. Generally when I have a year filled with awesome albums being released by lots of my favorite artists, the next year just generally tends to be not as good. But I should know by now to throw that rule out of the window because there are always fantastic new musicians to be discovered and always surprises to be had when it comes to old favorites pumping out new albums. I've tried twice to do posts highlighting individual albums, but it just hasn't worked. So I've decided to just do a top ten post here highlighting my ten favorite albums of the year. If you're looking for something to treat yourself to, I HIGHLY recommend all of these albums. They're all fantastic from beginning to end ;) Warning: Long post ahead.
Head on over to Stereogum to read their review of the album, watch a video and click some links in the article for free MP3s!
the album is available for download on her website for whatever you want to pay for it.
Here's their Myspace page with plenty of songs to listen to! Wow..didn't know myspace was still out there :p
clicking here to get to an NPR page where she's compared to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch :)
listen how good the first album is!!
Here's a link where you can stream the album and there are some more links there to MP3s.
You can see all of the beautiful films here. I love the art for this album so much. When the album was released I ordered a package that got me the vinyl, a print of the album cover that I have framed in my living room and a tshirt :) Go listen to all of the Sigur Ros you can...because everyone should have Sigur Ros in their life! My best suggestion for listening to them is to click on the video link above, because Sigur Ros with visuals is just the best :)
Ana, you'd appreciate the opening line to NPR's article on his album "Perfume Genius' new album, Put Your Back N 2 It, reminded me of Sharon Van Etten's epic." This album is gorgeous modern folk and he writes music with so much soul and passion and it's an album where he just lays himself completely bare. If Nick Drake were still around and making music today, I could totally see him touring with him. I totally think he should team up with Owen Pallett and come play my dream concert in New Orleans. You know, the National could join in too if they wanted to. Go click on that NPR article to hear more of this gorgeous music!
she has a myspace page too with music to listen to for free!
Ana linked to an incredible interview with her that Spin did in Lady Business' last Sidetracks post. I highly suggest you read it to understand this incredible musician just a bit more. For me, it was instant love with Grimes, but I like stuff with a bit of an electronic beat to begin with anyway...if it's not your thing at first...keep listening. I suspect she'll grow on you. I hope she never stops putting out music. I'll never stop listening. Here's her last.fm page with lots of awesome videos.
And with that I am fucking exhausted!!! This post took so long to do, lol. I hope I introduced at least ONE person to ONE artist that they may fall in love with. It'll all be worth it if that happened. And if not, well at least I now have a record of my 10 favorite albums of 2012. And now I'll go give my bleeding eyeballs a rest. What are some of your favorite albums of 2012? Anything you're looking forward to in 2013?