Here we are again. Before 2011 comes to a close, I'd like to present 10 of my favourite albums this year. As an added bonus, skip to the end for my favourite EP. Happy New Year everyone!
10. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
Wild Flag - Romance [MP3]
9. Washed Out - Within and Without
Elegant yet subtle, Within and Without's sensual and refined sound is an evolution from Ernest Greene's earlier material. "Eyes Be Closed" is the lead single and one of the album's stand-out tracks. Soft, gauzy synths are glazed over with a hazy feel, and the beats are crisp and clear. "Amor Fati", or Latin for "Love of Fate", sounds blissfully sweet (read the full review here).
Washed Out - Amor Fati
Washed Out - Eyes Be Closed
8. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
7. Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler
Marissa Nadler - Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning
Marissa Nadler - In Your Lair, Bear
6. Katy B - On A Mission
Katy B - Broken Record
5. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
4. Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear
Culture of Fear, Thievery Corporation's sixth studio album, is one of the most underrated records of the year. Sure, the electronic DJ duo continue to take on their socio-political stances, but like they say: If it ain't broken, why fix it?
Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear
3. Metronomy - The English Riviera
2. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Lykke Li has come a long way since her Youth Novel days. Wounded Rhymes, her second album, is a work of art. It's defiant, darkly hypnotic, yet deeply passionate, you just get sucked into the swirling vortex. There's a whole lot of emotions going on, but you have to give it to the lady (and producer Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John fame) for pulling it all together into one neat, minimalist package. Certainly one of the best Swedish exports yet.
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
Lykke Li - Jerome
1. Feist - Metals
...and my favourite EP:
Florrie - Experiments EP
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Austra - Feel It Break
Cults - Cults
Bon Iver - Bon Iver