I agree with eMusic about The Veils http://www.emusic.com/features/hub/overlooked/index.html
been meaning to check it out. sounds awesome so far.
I've hardly been able to stop listening to it. Absolute class.
...Free Drugs was released in 2008.
I saw them do it live at Sonar and it was incredible.
only picked up on it on the basis of this thread. Now on permanent repeat play.
Deserves much more love
Overlooked, underrated, very very good.
Most underrated by a long way probably my favourite album of the year pitchfork totally undermarked it
It got good reviews at the time - it's just that it was released right at the beginning of the year and got forgotten
First thing that came to my mind when I read the topic.
Can't believe the press hasn't got behind her in a big way. An amazing album in terms of song construction and sound, the only thing that slightly holds it back is the lyrical content. For me though this is still a 9/10 album and the biggest talent in UK music at the moment.
I seem to recall...
to be fair it was never really going to get massive press coveage but its a lovely record!
Overlooked even by I.
are/is supporting micah p hinson in september, just put the london show on sale today
probably not since about 2005 when i used to listen to her obsessively! 'still afraid' is an amazing song. going to spotify now
i still know all the words. singing along! hahah
And I don't think you're overlooked if you win the Mercury. The record buying public overlooked her, but again, that's because she's fucking shite.
It wont be for everyone like but if you like your electronica deep and hypnotic then its just perfect. Plus its only £4...
Didn't even make the top 40 this weekend - easily his best LP
... I've just got round to listening to this!
This is such a good thread.
.. i'm quite suspicious of the whole east london 'scene' thing I listened to Hatchams Social album today. About as orignal as The Horrors latest but thought it was a great album actually. Its on spotify.
most overlooked one for me is the projekt a-ko debut.
I got this last weekend for £2. I need to listen to it.
for me up there with Isis's "Wavering Radiant" as far as Post-metal is concerned.
Am I the only one who cares?
it's a winner
...they're a great band, live certainly. Having said that, I haven't given the album a lot of time. Saw them supporting Nick Cave a few months ago and I've been to see them both times they've been back in town since, and thoroughly enjoyed each gig. They certainly deserve more attention.
also; Think About Life - Family
on The Love Language. Though I'm not sure I'd agree with Guillemots comparison. The Love Language record is much more ensconced in Americana and oldies. A lot of the songs sound a like semi-drunken bar band belting away at closing time, but in a good way. There are a few truly excellent fast paced numbers too. Start off with 'Lalita,' Sparxxx,' or 'Providence.' I also dig 'Manteo,' cause it's rare when a band titles a song after a really obscure corner of the world that I've actually been two.
I'd also add these guys - http://www.emusic.com/artist/New-Ruins-MP3-Download/11783131.html
They've released two solid albums in two years and don't seem to be getting much attention. I've described them before as similar to The National, but more lo-fi, generally faster paced, and tinged with country. I think I prefer their first LP, but the 2009 offering is good too. Start with 'Arrows.'
Cats on Fire
Not quite "overlooked" it just struck me as odd no one discussed it.
than alt country. The last great Will Oldham record was in 2003, unfortunately.
the few reviews i've seen have been good.....but it's such a beautiful album it really deserves more of a mention
eels - hombre lobo is my favorite of the year so far and i never see it mentioned
plenty of killer, no filler, right the way through.
this is a fantastic album
also 'Help' by Thee Oh Sees
and also 'the floodlight collective' by Lotus Plaza
I haven't read ONE review on any of the major websites or in any of the major magazines/newspapers. Criminal, because it's an absolutely phenomenal album, and surprising, because it's on Ed Rec....how quickly trends change.
is something else. Ivor Novello nomination and all but coverage in these parts way too sparse. I think? Is it?
And quite commercial too so I'm surprised it hasn't had much coverage. Not sure I know what an Ivor Novello is. Is it an 'industry' thing like the Mercuries?
It's the best Extra Golden album yet and the other two got very favourable reviews on this here website, so I says that.
Whether it's brilliant...or an annoying fluke!
you know the one. WTF?!
Saw them supporting Bat For Lashes, brought their album a couple days later. Alpinisms is an amazing amazing record. Like, very good...
Magic Wands, Favours For Sailors.
Some of those are EP's but stil....
i love the xcerts
Awesome record. I can't believe noboody's talking about it.
10/10 here. Best New Music on P'fork. Quietus was positive. And there's loads of general Sunn O))) hype all over the place as usual. It's a good record but I wouldn't pick it out as being particularly overlooked.
Yeah, have figured that was probably the case, but thought I'd jump anyway. Meh.
Although I guess if you were to take a straw poll of the general populace, I suspect most people would be utterly oblivious to its awesomeness so there is some truth in it.
Considering the hype surrounding last year's 'In Ghost Colours' and the recent 80's revival, I'm surprised this slipped under the radar.
It's bloody brilliant. Sean - looking at your music taste, I reckon you'd like.
i think its amazing, much better than the debut, which is also incredibly good
Teiter - The Singer
and he signed a poster to you saying, where were you?
more than most people.
And White Denim's 'Fits' seems to be getting some mixed reviews - it's up there with my favourites.
but I think it's probably a bit too generic noiserock for some. I think it's brilliant, completely buzzes with energy.
Papercuts - you can have what you want
My Sad Captains - here and elsewhere
Never saw that much written about these, especially the new Cass McCombs one, but that has just come out i think....
very much agreed. It's top.
Sleepy Sun - Embrace. This is a treat too.
Woods - Songs of Shame
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
but United Nations the thursday, converge, glassjaw super group. great record and the final track is amazing.
..their 2nd, Colonia is a belter and a better bet than, say, the Camera Obscura if you like this sort of classic popsmithing
Russel Banks'(Interpol) solo project is simply amazing...
are criminally underrated. People who like good music -- should be everybody here -- have no excuse for not loving Sun Gangs (and Nux Vomica, its jaw-dropping predecessor). Amazing live band.
I Am Alive You Are Dead
both amazing artists making really good bass music at the moment.
Martyn is a ex d'n'b producer who had a big thing for techno so met in the middle somewhere and makes some amazing music that sounds like a really dancefloor friendly Burial, all rhythm and bass with soulful tones. For more check out: http://3024world.blogspot.com/
FaltyDL is an ex sushi chef present day badman future garage producer from New York. Its all 2-step garage, Detroit techno infused electronica with massive bass and bleeps. Links!: http://sonicrouter.blogspot.com/2009/07/interview-faltydl-planet-muramp.html & http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4137199-no-pain-in-pop-4
Album from Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt. Totally fantastic and totally ignored.
It probably/hopefully won't be so overlooked once frenchkiss rerelease it in august.
has only just come out but its great, beautiful stuff.
Since it came out, nobody ever seems to talk about it at all. What gives?
Also, if we're going with almost totally ignored at large, I'd say that Current 93's Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain seems to need a little more praise.
Brutally underrated record.
Seeing Noble Beast getting overlooked is sad for me as well.
....anyways these are under rated in my book:
Low Anthem - my god Charlie Darwin
that fucking tank - tankology
Hypnotic brass band
Andrew bird - noble beast
knight school - the poor and needy need to party
the intelligence - fake surfers
the soft pack - self titled
fucking hell I need to stop talking about them, I sound like a bloody obsessive.
definitely not getting the credit/exposure they dese....... AAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA!
seriously though, Antlers, Forest Fire, Micachu (less so, but what an album)!
Brilliant if you like "a good mesh of grime, electro, reggae, dub and rap." Not my description.
the emeralds record? Its exceptional. easily the best thing I have heard all year, closely followed by Memory by Animal Hospital.
Also, 'When I see the sun always shines on tv' by Nadja is pretty fantastic
definately agree that the Lotus Plaza album has been criminally ugnored. One of a handful of excellent releases from Kranky this year. The new Tim Hecker was another really good album that seemed to pass by a bit unnoticed.
Hatcham Social - You Dig The Tunnel, I'll Hide The Soil
Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
This summer I've been listening to 2 compilations over and over and over again:
Revolution In Sound www.northernstarrecords.co.uk
Dub Echoes (Soul Jazz Records)
I feel cream - Peaches
"Talk to me" and "Lose You" are stunning but the rest just floats past me.
new Mos Def is fucking brilliant. Up there with Black on Both Sides. Great production.
Cobalt's Gin is great as well. But black metal is always gonna get overlooked. Even if it does have Jarboe from Swans on it and some heavy eastern/pysch overtones.
Really solid album yet I've not heard anything about them. Ed Droste has called them his favourite band so you would have thought they'd see a little bit more recognition.
I reviewed that recently over at NoRipcord.com. An excellent album that deserves a lot more attention!
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career:
not sure if this really goes into the 'overlooked' category? I think people looked at it (including the Mercury Prize) and went "it just isn't trendy enough." Shame.
Soft Pack - Extinction:
one of the best new American bands, but maybe not the best year to sound like the Strokes. Shame.
Scott Matthew - There Is An Ocean That Divides...:
Australian troubadour that makes excruciantingly beautiful music, but probably gets confused with the less good Brit, Scott Matthews. Shame.
,,,some four-leaf clovers:
great lake swimmers - lost channels
wildbirds & peacedrums - the snake
dm stith - heavy ghost
the rest - everyone all at once
black moth super rainbow - eating us
most definitely one of the best albums of the year.
And Patrick Watson's album has also been overlooked, especially after that idiot in PF gave it a 3.3. No idea why, it's completely unjustifiable - the album's AMAZING.
Also, Soap & Skin - Lovetune for Vacuum.
Here We Go Magic is a good acall as well. And Fanfarlo.
if you haven't already. It's even better.
They decided to self-title their third album. They must have known it's the best thing they've ever done. Priceless!
Zee Avi - S/T is a lovely record, too.
Electric Assembly's White Splinter EP is not an album but something you need to hear if you're a fan of Mogwai, Sonic Youth, MBV, Explosions in the Sky etc.
you can read a review of it by Mark from Losing Today here:
(scroll down about half the page)
Its available in a limited handmade cd edition of 100 and as a download. More info can be found here:
... as soon as I saw this thread, I immediately thought of/expected Sun Gangs. The Veils are definitely my find of the year, Finn Andrews is a bloody genius. Superb vocallist too.
Also have to agree with Camera Obscura's My Maudlin Career and The Leisure Society's debut. And I'm sure this list will have expanded a great deal by the time the year is out.
good calls there
That's a lovely album... Surprised no one's clicked with Big Ned either, Soap & Skin's album is really powerful, P.O.S has released the hip hop album of the year but it's really not crossed over and while it may be a commerical hit I've seen very little intelligent critical comment on the brilliant new Paolo Nutini album!
only just been released? (may be wrong)
Also here's another mention for Andrew Bird - Noble Beast. One of this year's most intelligent records, that's for sure.
Its the Bobby McGee's album for me. I haven't read a single review of it anywhere and I think its been out a month or two. My favourite "twee" album for, ooh, years. I like their sense of humour.
Juan Maclean - The future will come
For anyone who thinks this year has lacked a decent electro rock record like !!! or LCD Soundsystem, you could do a lot worse than checking this out.
Full on dance at times, unashamedly 80's-esque Human League pop at others, it really is a massive grower.
Didn't get reviewed anywhere, and it's now fast approaching my top 3 LP's of the year.
Annoyingly only 'Happy House' from the record is on their myspace page, but I think there's more on Spotify:
Eels - Hombre Lobo
Doves - Kingdom of Rust (Should have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize)
We Were Promised Jet Packs - These Four Walls
and Doves too.
I'm also going to make a pre-emptive guess that Yo La Tengo winds up in this category too. Like Low they're so consistently great in a way they often miss being talked about in Best of the Year lists.
they quite boldly adandoned every element of their sound and it doesnt sound like anything else
By Alun from The Delgados is very, very good too.
As is the second De Rosa effort.
The Phanton Band
is my favourite so far. I hear about it some. Still a bit overlooked
I really like this album and they've been great both times I've seen them.
Looking back at this thread it actually refers to some of the most rewarding listens of 2009: Blue Roses, The Leisure Society, Here we Go Magic, dd/mm/yyyy etc.
they're so amazing live and on record. looking forward to the new album w/ the sax on it
The Most Serene Republic??? Ok their new one isnt as good as population but it still has some amazing moments.. i fucking love this band. No one EVER talks about them on here. seems strange.
Look 5 up...
Superb, guess they split up so soon afterwards so it never really got promoted.
Have high hopes for Martin's solo record next year!
Most Serene Republic
was quite impressed with the new Sucioperro as well
seeing as we're about to do our Lost 9 of '09 and looking for any last minute suggestions.
Just thrown a few of these I've not heard and could find on Spotify into a playlist to listen to this week http://open.spotify.com/user/seaninsound/playlist/20B8G66E1VlEAdCxFoDDw5
By Lotus Plaza was pretty sweet I thought, never got much press after p4k panned it...
‘Songs for Babes’ is an album to wrap around yourself while the wind and rain batter your windows. It is further proof of Mike Tolan’s peerless ability to create spacious beauty, seemingly without any effort at all. He is one of music’s best kept secrets. For now. - From musosguide.
both seem to have slipped under the radar somewhat (although they were self released when they first came out I suppose) and as was being said back in July the Phantom Band record came out so long ago everyone has kind of forgotten about it despite all the positive reviews and chat at the time.
Three of my favourites from this year. Twbf probably being number one, still listening to it front to back at least once a week. I did forget about Phantom Band for a while as well, though seen them live this week which reminded me of its brilliance.
Panda Beary, but better!
In The Dream of The Sea Life