Recommended Albums

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar)

Tramp is well executed and verges on masterpiece as it coherently portrays thoughts from a dark and irrational place

John Talabot – ƒIN (Permanent Vacation)

ƒIN is the most innovative album so far this year and one of the exceptional debuts of many that will be flooding 2012.

The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know (Fat Cat Records)

No One Can Ever Know is the third full length from the boys from Kilsyth, Scotland and with a mysterious yet fashionable sound, this album is the most accessible yet.

Django Django – Django Django (Because)

This album sounds like a strange lovechild between Metronomy and Hot Chip with some lashings of Franz Ferdinand thrown in for good measure

Pulled Apart By Horses – Tough Love (Transgressive)

This is an album which might be too tough for some peoples’ ears, but deep down this is a scream out and a fist in the air

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory (Carpark)

Judging from this record, growing up is a pretty painful affair. If it produces art this good, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Islet – Illuminated People (Turnstile)

‘Illuminated People’ serves like a manual on how to make great experimental music delivered by the new masters of the craft, Islet.

Seekae – +Dome (Rice Is Nice)

If this album remained ‘underground’, strictly for the ears of the coolest ‘sound foragers’ then that would be a crying shame

Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation (Lefse Records)

Powers seems to be a veteran at this, and this album places him near the top of the pile in a growing genre that is filling up with artists

Atlas Sound – Parallax (4AD)

Parallax is perhaps an altogether more refined and well worked record than any other previous releases under the name of Atlas Sound