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Albums of 2012: A Conclusion


Albums of the year is always an incredibly difficult list to compile. A lot of these albums were released early on in the year, and maybe some records which have only just been released or I’ve only just got round to listen to have been neglected from the list.

Also, as a student with little money or time, I do not own every album released this year, and I haven’t got the time to listen to every single one. So in lots and lots of ways, this list is fairly biased. 9 out of 10 of my albums were female fronted or had female singers, and 6 out of 10 were debuts. I am proud of both of these facts.

I hope you enjoyed reading my posts and I hope maybe you discovered an album is new to you. If you missed it, here are my top 10 albums of the year.

1. Hannah Cohen- Child Bride

2. Grimes- Visions

3. Sharon Van Etten- Tramp

4. Keaton Henson- Dear…

5. Lana Del Rey- Born to Die

6. Purity Ring- Shrines

7. The Civil Wars- Barton Hollow

8. Beach House- Bloom

9. Taylor Swift- RED

10. Jessie Ware- Devotion

Some albums narrowly missed out on a place on the list. Here are a couple of those records…

Tame Impala- Lonerism

Melody’s Echo Chamber- Melody’s Echo Chamber

Father John Misty- Fear Fun

First Aid Kit- The Lion’s Roar

Lianne La Havas- Is Your Love Big Enough?

Niki & The Dove- Instinct

Julia Holter- Ekstasis

Ellie Goulding- Halcyon

Tomorrow my Ones to Watch for 2013 will be starting!

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Been Listening #6

George Harrison

This week I watched the George Harrison documentary ‘Living in a Material World’, which was made by Martin Scorsese. It’s a truly wonderful depiction of his life and I’d recommend anyone with an interest in George or The Beatles to take a few hours out of your life to watch it.  Watching it has sparked a lot of George Harrison listening, especially to the ‘All Things Must Pass’ album, which I have on vinyl and is one of my favourite albums of all time.

Loon Lake- In The Summer

Each year, I go through the same sort of phase in the middle of winter- a massive craving for the summer months. This song is so summery it’s untrue. Loon Lake are an Aussie band and make super happy fuzzy indie sort of stuff, it’s great I think.

Keaton Henson- You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are (free download)

Keaton Henson has been featured on a lot of ‘Ones to Watch’ lists which surprised me as his music isn’t commercial at all. This song, ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ sounds like a classic Ryan Adams song aka wonderful.

White Denim- D

This album was on my ‘Albums of 2011’ list at No. 16. It’s such a great record, loads of psychedelic influences and flute solos and the likes. I’ve been listening to this album again a lot. I really like the last track which is called ‘Keys’, its much more chilled than the others. I think White Denim are a massively underrated band.

Jake Bugg

I came across Jake Bugg by chance the other day. He’s only a young chap, only 17, but has an incredibly unique voice and is a very talented songwriter. I’d keep an eye out.

First Aid Kit- The Lion’s Roar

Today, Swedish sisters released their second album ‘The Lion’s Roar’ in the UK. They have such a wonderful sound and it’s really developed since the first record. I love ‘Emmylou’ so much. They also play an in-store at Rough Trade East, if I wasn’t going to see Lana Del Rey/The Maccabees, that is where I would be.

Etta James

Etta James died this week, very sad, she gave us so many wonderful songs and her voice is incredible. Bit of a cliche, but ‘At Last’ is my favourite.

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Been Listening #3

First Aid Kit- Emmylou

Couldn’t be more excited for the new album from these two Swedish sisters, which is out at the end of this month. If the songs we’ve heard so far are anything to go by, its going to be a lovely flash back to 1969’s country hippie scene. This song is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and it’s already stuck in my head!

The Amazing Broken Man- Lullabies for Western Babies EP

I first mentioned the Amazing Broken Man ages and ages ago, I hoped they would get more recognition and make a really beautiful record, but when I had a look to see what they had done in the last few months, they appear to have gotten even more mysterious. You can download their EP ‘Lullabies for Western Babies’ for free from various places on the internet, its gorgeous and very relaxing. The song above is my favourite.

Lucy Rose- Red Face

The lovely Lucy Rose is releasing a new single called Red Face, it’s as lovely as everything she has previously released but also quite a bit heavier. She has two London headline shows coming up at Barfly and The Jazz Cafe, a Noah and the Whale support tour and her face is currently on the front of The Fly magazine. 2012 could be a very, very good year for Miss Lucy Rose.

Rachel Sermanni- The Fog

New video from the lovely Rachel Sermanni. The new recordings of her songs sound lovely with all the string parts.

Ren Harvieu- Sister Morphine

She has the voice of gold and the emotion of a pool of tears. This cover is stunning. She is playing a headline show at London’s Lexington on February 15th.

Doe Paoro- Can’t Leave You

I have a huge amount of love for this woman already. She’s so interesting and her music is so unusual yet so pop at the same time. I’ve posted this song before but here is the video, a gorgeous interpretation of light and dark, and the comparison of being trapped and being free.

Mark Fry- Dreaming With Alice

Mark Fry has a wonderful story behind him. He recorded this album ‘Dreaming With Alice’ in 1971 while studying painting in Italy. At the time, the record didn’t really go anywhere, and he had no further dealings with the record label after its release. He continued to record music and paint but released nothing for many years. He travelled for long periods around the US and Africa before returning to london to pursue his art career.

Unknown to him, ‘Dreaming for Alice’ was developing a sort of cult following, the highest price paid for an original record went for auction in 2009 for £2,327. A remastered version of the album has since been released by Sunbeam records and Mark Fry has now began making music again. In September 2011, he released his second album called ‘I Lived in Trees’. He plays Daytime music at Union Chapel on March 3rd.


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Why I Love: An Introduction

As I have said before, I am starting quite a few new features on this blog for 2012. Why I Love is the next one of these new features. It’s basically going to be a series of posts about things I really love; albums, artists, songs, festivals or whatever else I might come up with.

This blog is a new music blog, and it will continue to be. There is so much new and wonderful music emerging all the time I love sharing that with you. But one thing that doesn’t come across on this blog is how much I love ‘old’ music, and artists which aren’t necessarily doing anything particularly blog worthy at the moment. This is where this feature of the blog comes in. It is not going to be a pretentious, ‘Here is everything I know about so-and-so’, it’s just going to be things that I love, and reasons why I love them.

Hopefully through it, you’ll find something which you too, can love. I hope that makes some sense. The first of these posts will be coming later today.

Thought I should include a song in this post, so here is the first song I ever favorited on YouTube.

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New Music 26

I’ve written loads and loads of new treats recently, which is great. But theres also been loads of new songs from bands you might already know released. Here’s a celebration to some of them.

Starting with the wonderful, wonderful Coldplay and ‘Charlie Brown’ from their new album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ which is brilliant in my opinion. They write so many stunning melodies and this song is no exception.

Summer Camp have now released their debut album, ‘Welcome to Condale’. It’s everything I expected, super 80’s, electro, amazing melodies, and just a wonderful collection of songs. This is the title track, ‘Welcome to Condale’ and its great.

Another brilliant new album is ‘Ceremonials’, from Florence and the Machine. ‘Lungs’ was an epic debut and I wasn’t sure whether this album was going to live up to it, but its completely exceeded my exceptions. The amount of massive tunes on this album is astonishing. So many classics. I went to her album launch last week at Hackney Empire and everyone should most certainly be getting excited about her touring again.

Rachel Sermanni is such a talent. She is realising an EP soon called ‘Black Currents’ which has been produced by Communion’s Ian Grimble. This track ‘The Fog’ is taken from it, I think its lovely.

Jamie N Commons might be one of those ‘one to watch’ sort of artists. I like what he’s doing, its really different, a bit Johnny Cash. This is his single ‘The Preacher’

Fanfarlo made one really really great album and then they went away for what seemed like ages. But their back, with a different sound. This is so much more indie/electro, but that essence of great songwriting is still there.

I pretty much fell in love with Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell’s mini album ‘North Farm Sessions’. So stunningly beautiful. They have just released their debut full length album and I have pretty much fallen in love all over again. This song ‘Green Leaved Trees’ is the first single to be taken from the album.

I have already featured this track, ‘The Lion’s Roar’ from First Aid Kit, but I thought this video was so good that I also had to include it. The second album is out on January 24th and I am really looking forward to hearing it!

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First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

The lovely Swedish duo First Aid Kit have released a new song called ‘The Lion’s Roar’ it’s real nice and the songwriting has definitely stepped up a knot since the debut. Have a listen here.

I remember finding First Aid Kit on Youtube many a years ago, playing this. And frankly being blown away by their voices.

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