So we're half-way through the year (or at least we will be in a couple of weeks) and DiS is going to be doing our annual mid-year round-up. Before I pick DiS' Favourite Albums of the Year So Far, I'd like your input, as I always try to represent/aggregate a mixture of the staff and community opinions when doing any kind of listicle (and yeah, I love to hate lists too, but sadly they get loads and loads of traffic and fairweather readers really like them...and I know you all like making lists).
Chromatics - Kill for Love
...a silky nightgown... becomes more of a masterpiece with every listen...
Shoulda given it 10/10: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/16954/reviews/4144796
Blondes - Blondes
...sigh-fi, slow-wave, disso-dance, tranbian, trance-andental, throbtronica, shoeadelia, gaaasssp, bass-gaze, cat-gaze, lazer-haze...
Polica - Give You the Ghost
...alien RnB is a weak descriptor but it's darn close...
Blood Red Shoes - In Time To Voices
...brash and catchy and sure as hell not getting the reception it deserves...
School of Seven Bells - Ghostory
...three times as epic-epic-epic as the record M83 promised last year, and twice as nice...
Very almost in that top 5, and may be come year-end... Liars, Metric, FOE, Sigur Ros (really haven't made the time to listen to this properly), Bear in Heaven (belated review to run asafp), Twin Shadow (not out yet but I'm obsessed with it!), Sharon Van Etten, Eight And a Half, Julia Holter and probably a few others that aren't springing to mind...
If you're looking for inspiration/reminders: http://drownedinsound.com/lists/recommended-records
Gonna start a few sub-threads, so just stick to your album lists in here.
- 2012's Most Read: Threads, Reviews and More...
- Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2012: 5-1
- DiS Staff: #1 Albums of 2012
- Weekend Listening: M83, SVIIB, HTDA (Trent Reznor), Chvrches, Ed Harcourt, Melody's Echo Chamber +mo
- Weekend Listening: Ghosting Season, Sigur Ros, M83, Paul Banks + Spotify playlists
- "Sometimes a great record is temporary." - 90mins with Johnny Jewel (Part 2)
- Weekend Listening: Stay+, Patrick Wolf, Halls, Exitmusic, Stereophonics, Deftones
- 90 Minutes with Johnny Jewel - Part 1: Chromatics' live show, torture and EDM