ALBUMS OF 2011 #45 - #41
#45 Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion - Shake The Shackles (MP3)
Brooklyn garage rock at its finest; ‘In Love With Oblivion’ comprises of crisp and courageous, and occasionally gallant post-punk from apparent veterans of the scene Crystal Stilts. The 2011 Slumberland release is afflicted with the dark and incommutable vocals, strange key changes and strikingly full melody. An instant classic of the era it evokes, summed up thematically in the black and white colouration of above album cover.
#44 Grimes / D’eon - Darkbloom Split 12” - Vanessa (MP3)
Grimes is Claire Boucher, a solo electronic artist known for her retro 80s sound, and less so, for her discography of donation only releases via Arbutus Records. This latest EP ‘Darkbloom’, a collaborative split LP with D’eon and his idiosyncratic skittering fusion of percussion and RnB tinged arrangements, is available, albeit digitally, for just £3.95 via Boomkat.
#43 DUDES - Narcissists Anonymous - TURF TALK (SWAG EDIT) (MP3)
Lo-fi recorded and funk-induced (in the sleazy Ariel Pink sense of the word) dance music with muffled vocals and scratchy vocal samples shifting in and out of focus. This is a limited edition cassette tape riddled with cheesy melodies and discordant electronica. DUDES hail from San Diego, and have their tape available on the GrizzlyRecords band camp page over here. The digital release is free.
#42 Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams - Coming Down (MP3)
Dum Dum Girls’ Only In Dreams is a far cry from their first effort, originally a parallel to the media crazes centring upon Vivian Girls and Best Coast in 2009. Two years on and with an album and EP under their belt, Dum Dum Girls present an incredibly well produced and matured effort of powerful girl group pop, a personal highlight of mine being the thunderous atrophy of six minute song ‘Coming Down’ - the others being a little more punchy in comparison. Buy here from Sub Pop.
#41 Young Prisms - Friends For Now - Breathless (MP3)
Young Prisms - overwhelming and pungent surf noise with a sunken, almost inaudible vocal buried deep in the mix; the results are expressionless and emotionless songs with a kind of instant appeal which is interesting in and of itself but bereft of any elements which command repeat listening. Noise and punk as an art form which I vividly remember catching at Digital Brighton alongside No Joy and Kanine label-mates Surfer Blood. Available to buy here.
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