In no particular order, the albums that I have most enjoyed this year …
Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing
No matter what mood I am in I love listening to this. It’s bizzarely universal for me. If I want to jump about and sing like nobody is in the room then I put it on, if I want to chill out, I put it on. Morning, evening. I think you get the point.
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
I loved his first, I loved the Darkside album and I love this. I don’t think this is as strong as Darkstar – Psychic but its a hell of a listen.
Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm – Trance Frendz
I listen to loads of music that I would never choose for the AOTM. Maybe that is disrespectful to the Brothers. Perhaps I should branch out? These two musicians / composers (whatever) get together to go on hikes and talk about making music. Occasionally they meet in one or the others home cities to make some music. One evening they recorded 6 tracks, live with no overdubs or post fannying about. They created a haunting alum of calm lilting piano music that is then blended into electronic claustrophobia. Those of you who know Paul Ledger will appreciate his comment after he sat in the dark and listened in full on his head phones ‘Its beautiful Joey but you’re still one dark fucker’.
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
I didn’t know what to make of this at first … I love it now. He’s pretty bloody consistent isn’t he!
Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
I don’t care if its not the artists original words, language guests etc. I love love love it. Probably album of the year for me. Thank you David.
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
This has been with me nearly all the year I think. This and Frankie Cosmos. They’ve been consistently albums I’ve turned to.
Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass