Sunday, 18 December 2016

Albums of 2016

Particularly in the final stretch of the year (from around October), a lot of good albums came out. And by the time mid-November rolled around, we needed something to keep us from thinking life was actually completely hopeless and miserable.

This isn't a ranking of albums, nor is it exhaustive, it is just a bunch of 2016 albums I remembered that I have enjoyed. I will almost certainly stumble upon great 2016 albums in 2017.

Into It. Over It. - Standards
I loved this album because it marked IIOI's transition from an artist I found pretty alright to one I would veritably sit down to listen to and get lost in for days.

Solange - A Seat at the Table
Rich, very contemporary and deserves every bit of attention it gets.

The Burning Hell - Public Library
Just fun and smart goodness that will make you feel better about life and about the weird tangents your mind wanders off to that you should listen to immediately. Also a really, really delightful live show.

Lisa LeBlanc - Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
If this doesn't make you want to road trip through Canada, I don't know what will.

Les Hay Babies - La 4ième dimension (Version longue)
I've mentioned Les Hay Babies before. They're French-English space rock. I can't express how perfect this band is to me!

Groenland - A Wider Space
Catchy and colourful, yet remorseful.

Mitski - Puberty 2
We all need more Mitski in our lives. Just in general.

Camp Cope - Camp Cope
Imagine a(n even) mopier Courtney Barnett. I want more of this kind of stuff in 2017, please.

Weird Lines - Weird Lines
This is a supergroup that features Julie Doiron and therefore I am right on board with that.

Tancred - Out of the Garden
Super summery and gutsy and lyrically kind of dark and everything my 15-year-old self wanted in a band, I think, right here aged 25.

Slingshot Dakota - Break
It sounds like Rainer Maria for the 2010s which is very, very fine by me!

Xarah Dion - Fugitive
Spooky French whispers over wintery, electronic sounds.

Agnes Obel - Glass Citizen
I found that this was perfect late-night writing music - this year's ersatz Julia Holter.

Sarah Neufeld - The Ridge
Makes me dream of beautiful autumn walks.

Gurr - In My Head
This is like, the Berlin success story of the moment. I think I preferred the EP for the individual songs, but as an album this is very solid.

The Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the Rain 
My Leicestershire kings have nailed it again.

Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
Self-explanatory, really - if you thought the show's soundtrack couldn't get more haunting, you were wrong.