So despite a bunch of spite being thrown at the year-end-list phenomenon by some of the more ‘serious critics’ this year, I bring you my list of my favorite albums made in 2009.
Let me know what you think.
10. Kaito – Trust
Not exactly anything new for the Japanese producer, but man his music makes me feel good.
9. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us
Slightly less bubble-gum trippy drippy, but still just as weird as some of their older stuff. Dig.
8. City Center – City Center
Yeah, yeah, pastoral, loop-based, and washed in reverb – it was kind of a big thing this year. City Center stood out for me.
7. Mountains – Choral
Just about the most harmonious drones to ever grace my ears. Bliss.
6. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Creepy, post-apocalyptic, tribal – these are all words I’ve used to describe this. Just like The Knife, but weirder, and a lot darker.
5. Telefon Tel Aviv – Immolate Yourself
Absolutely gorgeous, dulcet electronica from some of the sound’s pioneers. Sadly, Immolate Yourself is the duos coup de grace. Rest in peace, Charlie
4. Atlas Sound – Logos
Bradford Cox managed to reign in his Atlas Sound M.O. to release an album that combines about a hundred different influences into an enjoyable wash of poppy melodies and Cox’s own enigmatic swagger.
3. The xx – xx
I’m a late comer to this one, but, about a month ago, this album hit me head on. It’s smooth, it’s sexy, and it’s shockingly mature for a group of 20 year olds.
2. Little Dragon – Machine Drums
Oh man, this year’s finest showing of electopop. Basically a nordic viking on keyboards and an adorable japanese front woman combine their powers to produce some catchy-as-all-hell songs that sound less time-stamped than, say, the Phoenix album that came out this year.
1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Yeah. I mean, everyone saw it coming. MPP basically soundtracked my entire year, and still garners numerous plays. It as a decade in the making, and honestly, who expects a band to come of age nearly 10 years after it’s inception. Bravo, Animal Collective, bravo.