Pardon my tardiness- I’ve been working hard, partying too hard and agonizing over what to include in my top ten of 2009. Now with that disclaimer- I present to you, in no particular order, the year what was in albums.
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Their most commercial effort yet- but still brilliant in their own unique way. Uplifting, strange pop music that looks forward while harking back.
Favorite Song: My Girls
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Lush pop music built carefully, beautiful vocal harmonies, obtuse lyrics and videos of exploding heads. Finest follow-up album of the year.
Favorite Song: While You Wait For The Others
The XX – Self Titled
My favorite debut of the year- ridiculously hyped London youngsters release a brilliant, sparse, sensuous record. I swear I can hear the space between the notes…
Favorite Song: Basic Space
Bill Callahan – Sometimes I WIsh We Were An Eagle
I’ve been a fan of Mr Callahan since his days as Smog- and he’s still releasing darkly wonderful folk records meditating on nature and death in his trademark baritone. A return to form after the slight misstep of Woke On A Whaleheart.
Favorite Song: Too Many Birds
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
The sound of Miss Khan disappearing into her own fantasy world. Haunting vocals, tribal percussion, an ethereal feel and Scott Walker. She’s my favorite hippy.
Favorite Song: Siren Song
Girls – Album
Pedro said it all. Great rock ‘n’ roll.
Favorite Song: Lust For Life
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
I’ve written about them here before- great, difficult songs that defy the listeners wants and expectations.
Favorite Song: Stillness Is The Move
The Antlers – Hospice
Claustrophobic, intense, emotionally demanding and depressing- but amazing nonetheless. A concept album based around a loved on dying of cancer. Simple, but devastating.
Favorite Song: Epilogue
Antony and The Johnsons – The Crying Light
Operatic, dramatic, soulful. Just gorgeous. Hegarty’s voice tugs my heart-strings like no other.
Favorite Song: Aeon
Woods – Songs Of Shame
From my favorite label this year (Woodsist!) comes this little gem. Distorted vocal harmonies and everything else- a grower as well as one of the stranger permutations of the lo-fi resurgence that has been gathering in 2009.
Favorite Song: The Number