Due to a global and very pushy demand, here is a new category to start the year with! The principle is simple: I will listen to as many new records as possible each month and give my beloved readers a few listening advises. There is obviously one caveat which is related to a timing issue as a record needs sometimes a bit of time to be digested but I guess this is part of the game. I thought January was a good month to initiate such posts as a) this is the start of a new year b) this is generally a slow month. Actually I was not really right on the second part as I listened to a total of…37 new records this month!
- Album of the month: The XX – “I See You” – Pop – The return of one of the most original British bands with their third album. After a few difficult times and a self-confidence crisis, these three school friends decided to go back to their original friendship to produce one of the most moving and original LP’s of the year. For fans of intelligent pop music and those who consider that Young Marble Giants or Everything But The Girl are both great influences.
- Runner-up: Michael Chapman – “50” – Rock – Excellent album from the folk guitar master veteran who sounds like a 20-year old guy. Steve Gunn and Kurt Vile guest on this album.
- Also recommended:
- Piano Magic – “Closure” – Pop
- Loyle Carner – “Yesterday’s Gone” – Hip Hop
- Cloud Nothings– “Life Without Sound” – Rock
- Mark Eitzel – “Hey Mr. Ferryman” – Rock
- Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau – “Thile/Mehldau” – Jazz