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Purity Ring- Amenamy (Jon Hopkins Remix)

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Albums of 2012: A Conclusion

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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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Albums of 2012 #6: Purity Ring- Shrines

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Purity Ring’s Shrines is a masterpiece of electronic music. The duo who are from Montreal released this record to rave reviews and rightly so. Megan James’ sweet vocals mixed with her dark and often quite disturbing lyrics are a fine match. Add to that some interesting and well crafted production and Shrines is born.

When you listen to this record, it feels like it is constantly changing and evolving. The production and sounds used are so unusual and well placed that the record reaches a flawless finish. The final song on the record ‘Shuck’ sees Megan James sing against a sparse backing sound and provides a perfect ending to the record.

Shrines is an incredible debut record and Purity Ring are a band who I hope will be around for a long time to come.

Best tracks: Lofticries, Belispeak, Shuck, Crawlersout

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Been Listening #13

It’s been a long while since I ran one of these posts but since I don’t have any amazing new bands to talk about, I thought I would share with you some of the records I have had on repeat recently.

Purity Ring- Shrines

This is a pretty incredible record. It reminds me of Grimes in places but it’s darker, and not as pop orientated. Purity Ring do electronic music perfectly.

Sharon Van Etten- Because I was In Love

I love Sharon and I have recently been listening to her first album ‘Because I was in Love’. It has a different feel to her newer records, it’s more acoustic, and the songs are soaked in sadness. Those complicated melodies are still present though, and of course Sharon’s heart melting voice.

Lower Dens- Nootropics

A band who I have only just got into, but I am much enjoying listening to this album, which is the work of Jana Hunter and band, who come from Baltimore (just like Beach House).

Tame Impala- Lonerism

Despite probably being the worst band I have ever seen live (Glastonbury 2011- Park Stage, just before Blur- did anyone else witness the torture?), I decided to give them a chance and listen to this record after all the hype. I am very glad I did. Dream-grunge meets Sgt. Peppers.

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