The lack of conversation so far has been a bit disappointing, which leaves a central point of emphasis for the coming year. But most of all, I feel it appropriate to reflect, show off what I've been doing here, and hope to gain some recognition for what I've got going on. Oh, and my first post, you might ask? It was on Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.
In no particular order, here's a look back at some of my favorite albums of this past year:
Amon Amarth - Surtur RisingSwedish melodic metallers stick to their formula, but turn in another winner with Surtur Rising.
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Noah Lennox keeps the melodies and intricate layering flowing on yet another critically acclaimed LP.
Ott - Mir
Ott mixes, electronica, psychedelia, and dubstep as he takes you on a voyage though your subconscious.
tUnE yArDs - W H O K I L L
Merrill Garbus's loud personality and unique approach to songwriting make w h o k i l l a runaway hit.
Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
Goblin didn't live up to the hype of "Yonkers," but it still featured great delivery and a fresh approach.
Cities Aviv - Digital Lows
I just discovered this album a few days ago, but it's already made an indelible impression. Memphis rapper Gavin Mays delivers a 70s urban street sound to go along with his laid back rhymes. Definitely an artist to watch.
Iamamiwhoami - ;john and Clump