10: Sigur Ros – Kveikur
Whenever I listen to Sigur Ros, I can’t help noticing how beautiful Icelandic truly is. I honestly do not have any idea of what the lyrics are about, but every single word sounds like poetry. When you put that together with heavy* beats and a solid soup of instruments, you get this: Kveikur
*not heavy like metal or anything, but more like if you try to swim in an ocean filled with boiling caramel.
9: Deerhunter – Monomania
An album filled with something chaotic, but nostalgic. It sort of smells like flowers, i think
8. Disclosure – Settle
These vibes just makes me wanna dance. I mean, if a fire ever starts to burn, I’ll definitely bring the attitude home
7. Toro y Moi – Anything in return
The electronic funk being played through the oak brown glasses of Chaz Bundick. Its my kinda groove.
6. Volcano Choir – Repave
Justin Vernon (former lead vocals of Bon Iver, some of you might even think his name is”Bon Iver”. Well its not. .) continuation of his earlier side project “Volcano Choir” turns out to be a kick-ass full-time job. Reasoning the split in Bon Iver as: not wanting high expectations around his music, as well as, being able to write what his hearts sees him fit (my words not his. Too pretentious I guess.). The Result, is the lovely eight-track album repave. A fluent flow in a folky, pop, oh well, I can’t describe it. However, it makes me feel stuff, like feelings, and such.
5. Haim – Days Are Gone
I have to say I am completely in love with all the members in Haim. Their debut-albumis equally charming as their personalities. This album proves to be the most honest record of the year, I think
4. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
Trevor Power, never stops to amaze. It seems here the massive soundtrack of Wondrous Bughouse, is trying to replace the sound of “tracks being soaked in reverb”. No matter what: it is beautiful. I truly admire the richness of this album, and how, what seems like a concept of instruments that could’ve, individually stood alone and made a great riff, that they together create this society of tunes, well its truly enriching to my soul.
PS: Sorry for the ridiculous complicated and long sentence, but this is a rather complicated and wonderful album.
3. Arctic Monekys – AM
Oh Monkeys, what can I say. I mean, it seems like you’ve become rockstars now. But still you play the most romantic ballads I’ll ever hear. Mad Sounds in my ears, thats really all I can say.
2. Bonobo – The North Borders
The combination of trip hop and electronica seems to work for Bonobo. While I am listening to him, it feels like I’m watching over Asia. There I’m bringing with me an enormous sub-bass, which makes all the bicycles in the streets crumble. It looks pretty beautiful, I dare to say.
1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the city
This was perhaps the album that I was looking forward to the most, as well as, having the highest expectations for it. Ezra, and the rest of yo’ crew, you made number one, so it seems you fulfilled my expectations. This album is as pure as it is emotionally unstable. . When I am listening to “Modern Vampires of the City”, I am literally watching myself through a window, taking the subway in New York. It might be snowing to, I don’t know
Other artists/albums proven to be worth a mention:
Hvitmalt Gjerde (hvitmalt gjerde), Baths (obsidian), Nick Cave, and the bad seeds (Push the sky away), Burial (Rival Dealer), James Blake (Overgrown), Blood Orange (Cupid Deluxe), King Krule (Six feet beneath the moon), Lemaitre (Relativity 3), Connan Mockasin (Caramel)