A great year for new music in my humble opinion, here’s my annual rundown…
This delightfully dorky debut album is absolutely brimming with shout-along choruses, clever hooks and distinct personality from the band formerly known as Get Inuit.
Their best record in over a decade, encompassing everything from cheesy saxophone solos to six-minute riff monsters.
A diverse and sprawling record that shows off the maturity of Ezra Koenig’s songwriting skills.
From emo revival to full-blown renaissance, American Football are back for good and their third self-titled album adds a new dimension with the female guest vocals supplied by Rachel Goswell, Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk) and Hayley Williams (Paramore).
Few bands can balance two styles so evenly as Band of Skulls, veering from a glam-rock strut to a reflective saunter and back without ever jarring in your ear. This is another fine addition to their increasingly impressive back catalogue.
The emo pioneers roll back the years on this hugely satisfying record, their first in eight years, but their best in 20.
“This is how Arch Rivals* would sound if you were in charge,” said Helen**. I’m gonna take that as a compliment…
As subtle and diverse as you’d expect from Idlewild, this wonderfully poetic album rewards repeat listens.
Chris Creswell’s voice leapt out at me from Spotify album radio and I still haven’t got over it. This fifth album from the Canadian quartet is a true revelation.
Lead singles Dexter & Sinister and Empires set the bar very high indeed, and while the rest of this album doesn’t quite live up to that standard, it’s still a delightful record.