Tuesday, 5 January 2010

My Top 25 Records Of The Year 2009 (10 - 1)

So here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for...with added blurbs.

010. Calories - Adventuring
So tightly compacted that even the verses play like choruses, and its entire debut set Adventuring is done almost as soon as it begins.

009. We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
One of the most emotional Scottish releases since 100 Broken Windows. 'Quiet Little Voices' was up there with my favourite singles of the year, rules so hard.

008. Telekinesis - Telekinesis!
Thirty minutes of wit and charm like it was sung from the mouth of Ben Gibbard's alter-ego.

007. New Found Glory - Not Without A Fight
Anthems of a sixteen year old girl...from a boy's perspective. NFG always bring the FUN, FUN, FUN. This was possibly my most played album of the year by far.

006. Future Of The Left - Travels With Myself And Another
More comedy gold from Falco. More footstomping anthems from one of the best current bands in Wales. So underrated by many this year...but I thought it was a little stronger than the debut.

005. Japandroids - Post-Nothing
I wasn't into this band when told they were another Noise two piece, but then I found out that they're secretly an old school emo album, something like what Braid would have recorded if they carried on.

004. Castevet - Summer Fences
Another Midwest indiemo album that British bands like TTNG try inspire to sound lie. Also have an upcoming release on Big Scary Monsters next year...it's probably going to be this record.

003. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Last December I said this would be in a lot of people's hearts this year and I meant it. Almost played a perfect set at ATP.

002. A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
I tried not to get into any of the new school shoegaze (or whatever this is?) bands but this record is what I've been waiting to hear for the last couple of years.

001. Annabel - Each And Everyone
In a league of it's own this year from the first time I heard it. Indie Rock that blends gentle hints of shoegaze whilst still sounding like Built To Spill/The Weakerthans/Pavement gives a refreshing sound to indiemo. Soft vocals that intertwine with the instruments so much so that you hardly notice the next build up into an epic landscape of sound. It's also the sound that I thought Cheap Girls might have managed on their second record.

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