It was hard enough for me to narrow down a list to 10 albums, and even harder to choose an order. Alas, with much contemplation, here are my final choices for 2010.
#10. Belle and Sebastian- Write About Love
They’re back! And still killin’ it with those same poppy tunes we know and love, I sort of want to go skip through a field of daisies with them…
#9. Noveller- Desert Fires
Noveller, AKA Sarah Lipstate, is a phenomenal guitarist (she was a part of Glenn Branca’s 100 guitars!) who loops and pedals her way through a dreamy, delightful album.
#8. Women- Public Strain
A collage of sounds non-traditionally creating catchy tunes.
#7. Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest
I’m all about the shoe-gazey fuzz, and these guys really know how to layer it on. Halcyon Digest is pure dark, catchy, fuzzy goodness.
#6. The Fall- Your Future Our Clutter
Their 28th album, and they still take us back to the mid-80’s…meaning they hung on to their original sounds of single-chords, lo-fi, and yells, and they still sound fantastic. I was tremendously impressed.
#5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- Before Today
I’m liking the addition of a full band…and still full of pop dreams!
#4. Phantogram- Eyelid Movies
Not only can I relate to the title, this album just calls for a good mood. Listening to “Eyelid Movies” puts me in a place somewhere between slipping down playground slides and dazing out on the floor of a tiki hut opium den.
#3. Thee Oh Sees- Warm Slime
Jagged yips and yaws, psychedelic garage style guitars, messy lo-fi…I’m in love.
#2. Cocorosie- Grey Oceans
These two sisters will never cease to amaze me. This album is similar to their others, but they have added a whole new array of beats that truly compliment their crazy style.
#1. Gonjasufi- A Sufi and a Killer
World music influence, intricate, booming rhythms, soothing yet powerful vocals, and a hidden track! The first time I heard “A Sufi and a Killer” I played it 3 more times that day, and haven’t stopped playing it since. With mind blowing sound, this album is positively my favorite album of 2010!
So if you’re into avant-garde-post-punk-lo-fi-shoe-gaze-fantastic-dream-fuzz…do your self a favor and pick up these albums!