Sunday, December 26, 2010


Here's some stuff from 2010 I enjoyed. You might like it too. You also might not, that's how things work.

Kayo Dot – Coyote
Genre: Avant-garde, darkwave
Kayo Dot's latest is arguably their best since their quite fantastic Choirs of the Eye. Kind of like The Cure, but with more trumpet.

Zond – s/t
Genre: Shoegaze
One of the best new Australian bands to emerge; also very good live.

Have a Nice Life – Time of Land (EP)
Genre: Shoegaze, post rock
It's no Deathconsciousness, but will certainly keeps fans happy until their next full-length.

Pseudorandom – Roots of Our Ancestors
Genre: Drone-doom
Available for free here.

Janelle Monae – The Archandroid

Genre: Pop
Yes. It's a pop album. Deal with it.

Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People (EP)
Genre: Indie, singer-songwriter
I liked this better than Age of Adz, Djohariah in particular is great.

Zs – New Slaves
Genre: Jazz, avant-garde
For fans of John Zorn.

Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up to the Sky
Genre: Industrial, dark, country?
Gira's still got it.

Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
Genre: Folk, black metal
Agalloch move further into 'pure' black metal territory, but still surprisingly accessible.

Planning for Burial – Leaving
Genre: Shoegaze
Leaving shows us that bedroom recording artists can make textured guitar as well as anyone else can.

Joanna Newsom – Have One one Me
Genre: Indie-folk, singer-songwriter
My favourite of the year, but that's just me.

Deerhunter – Halycon Digest
Genre: Shoegaze
Not sure if it surpasses Microcastle, but I was certainly satisfied.

Alcest – Escailles De Lune
Genre: Shoegaze, black metal
There's a lot of shoegaze on this list...

Burzum – Belus
Genre: Black metal(ish)
A nice step up from the prison-era keyboard albums, but, then again, so are a lot of things.

Gay Vomit Sex – A Primer On Illegalism (EP)

Genre: Noise
Available for free here.

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