Sunday, January 6, 2008

Last Year's Beats

My Recommended Albums of 2007:
(my top 10 albums, minus particular order)
1. Most Serene Republic Population
Most Serene Republic is my favorite offshoot of arts+crafts! My novice indie taste once perferred the scream-o sounds of rainer maria, but Most Serene Republic has perfected boy/girl harmony and innovative indie beats.
*Best track: Sherry and Her Butterfly Net
2. Beirut The Flying Club Cup
Zack Condon has made brilliant, beautiful music. He impressed me with with swirling rhythms that make me feel like i'm floating on cumulus clouds or flying club cups thats for sure.
*Best track: "guyamas sonora"
3. Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
Andrew Bird embodies dreamy brilliance. This album features contagious rhythms and witty lyrics. Dosh and Andrew Bird make for an incredible partnership and thus, is the product. He sings to your soul, whistles to your heart, and pleasently strums for the ears.
*Best track: Heretics (Although, this entire album is strictly wonderful.)
4. Radiohead In Rainbows
Very reminisent of Thom York's recent Eraser, which could never be a bad thing. Radiohead maintains impressive beats, smooth rhthyms and York's beautiful elfish voice. I like the islandy overtone to the beats in 15 steps. I've tripped over the moderate beats of House of Cards and fell head over heels for this album. And Jigsaw falling into place made this album fall into my top 1o of 2007.
*Best track: 15 Steps
6. Rob Crowe Living Well
Let's be honest.. despite the very Barney Rubble title Bam Bam there is nothing barbaric about these beats. It maintains Pinback's esscence but lets not forget Rob Crowe's almost monotone voice and condescending guitar rifts.
*Best track: I hate you, Rob Crowe (either fucking version)
7. Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Yes, Dashboard, the single for this album, is a bit catchy, but lets be honest. Its Modest Mouse and I will never be disappointed by their siq guitar and Issac's Brock's passionate yet hopelessly depressive lyrics.
*Best track: Fire It Up
8. Devendra Banhart Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Perfectly composed: His piano, his echoing bassy voice, incredible guitar, perfect drums. At times, his ascending choral lines are accompanied by a swirling flute and the occasional middle eastern overtones. And then he returns to classic guitar rifts. Jaw dropping and Ear Imploding.
*Best track: Seahorse
9. Caribou Andorra
Previously known as Manitoba/Koushik, Caribou has created colorful, psychadellic tunes. His soothing, suddle voice is picked up by racey, perfectly executed drum beats and 60's distortion. I love Sundialing, I can imagine music notes marching in unison on a heavenly composition.
*Best track: Sundialing (but Melody Day is a close second)
10. Okkervil River The Stage Names
Indie Rock. This is indie rock. period.
*Best track: Unless it Kicks

Special mention: Electrelane, Great Lake Swimmers, Pinback, Iron and Wine