Sunday, January 1, 2012

Favorite Albums of 2011

1. @JamesBlake - James Blake: 22yo bends "dubstep" into something fragile and human with gorgeous vocals and complex synth-jazz chords.

2. @JoePug - Nation of Heat: powerful appropriation of the early Dylan folk tradition, lyrics that burn their truth into your memory.

3. @MountKimbie - Crooks and Lovers: more "post-dubstep" exploration beyond the wobble-bass into found-sound, acoustic instruments +synths.

4. @Mountain_Goats - All Eternals On Deck: As always, Darnielle's earnest, transcendent songwriting pulls back the veil, reveals the unseen.

5. Childish Gambino (aka @DonaldGlover) - Camp: Glover carves out space for suburban non-gansta rap but can still spit at blistering speed.

6. Wye Oak - Civilian: time capsule of all that was moody and wonderful about 90's grunge, lush with guitar and low female vocals to match.

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