Filed under: RECORDS OF THE DECADE
Apologies for how rubbish I am at writing about music. Basically, these albums are the absolute shiz…
Misery is a Butterfly: Blonde Redhead
I first came across this album when I was doing a bit of background research on our producer John Goodmanson (ha). I love albums that take you on a journey and seem to sustain the thread of a story throughout. I feel like this record completely transports you into another realm, there’s something really magical about the string arrangements and the breathy, almost desperate tone of the vocals.
The Blow: Paper Television
I’ll never forget seeing Khaela Maricich perform songs from this album at 1 in the morning during a club night on a Saturday night in Nottingham. There must have been about 20 people watching, with everyone else around acting like idiots and failing to realise they were missing out on a really special moment. I swear she sang “True Affection” to me…
Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca
“When the child was just a child, it did not know what it was…” If Solange Knowles can see how genius this album is, it must be true.
Life Without Buildings: Any Other City
One of the most disappointing moments of the last decade was falling in love with this album and then having Gareth tell me I’d never get to see them live because they’d broken up.
Joanna Newsom: Ys
It took me quite a while to decide which album of Miss Newsom’s to feature on this list. In the end Ys won out because I think as a complete album it’s perfectly put together. I listen to it uninterrupted from beginning to end and never find myself tempted to skip a track. It’s just a beautifully crafted musical experience.
Electrelane: No Shouts, No Calls
According to iTunes “The Greater Times’ and ‘To The East’ are part of my top 25 most played and I think it’s consistently been that way since I first became aware of this album (‘Cut and Run’ probably also features when I’m going through those periods of wallowing in self pity).
Animal Collective: Feels
Wikipedia tells me they describe this as their “love record”. There are also some handy eloquent descriptions of the technical innovation and specific tunings that were used during recording… All I know is that this was one of the first things I bought on vinyl because I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do with my time than listen to ‘Did You See The Words’, ‘Grass’ and ‘The Purple Bottle’ on record.
Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird’s Bark
My first experience of the Fiery Furnaces was watching them support Franz Ferdinand at the Birmingham Academy in 2004. I immediately developed a big girl crush on Eleanor Friedberger, bought the album the very next day (because in those days people still bought CDs) and listened to it on repeat for the next couple of months. The fact that I can still listen to and love it is testament to how amazing it is. I can’t really remember what I thought of Franz Ferdinand…
These are also really very very very good:
Arcade Fire: Funeral
The Books: The Lemon of Pink
Electrelane: The Power Out
Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna
Joanna Newsom: Milk-Eyed Mender
Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans
White Stripes: White Blood Cells
Why?: Elephant Eyelash
Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell
Merry Christmas kids x
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