On the spur of the moment I threw down this list on my tumblr earlier today, so I thought I'd re-post here, since I have the freedom to make a little mini-mix for you (re-ordered for better flow).
It’s a short list (with the caveat that I heard a lot of albums that were good, but you all want something better than good, right?):
- Low: C’mon
- Mountains: Air Museum
- Rene Hell: The Terminal Symphony
- Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
A good indicator of where my head is at, since all the rock/songwriter records I’ve heard fall into that “good” category, seemingly incapable of rising to the next echelon. I guess this means if all you chillwave acts would just drop the vocals altogether and maybe turn the synths up in the mix, I’ll like your records more.
As the rest of 2011 wears on and we go through the glut of fall releases and the scrambling to hear everything possibly missed before making our year-end proclamations, I’m sure this list will morph. I can tell you this: C’mon will still be at or very near the top of the list. It’s beautiful.