I’ve found myself listening to a lot of music that came out 10-20 years ago during these first 2 months of 2012, but I have purchased/listened to 4 pretty rad albums from this year. I’ll hopefully get around to reviewing them in detail, but for now I just wanted to put down a bit of my thoughts on each of them. All are highly recommended.
Click on the album covers to hear a track from each record.
Cloud Nothings / Attack On Memory
For fans of: Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker
20 year old Dylan Baldi is the brains behind this band who’s new album is a trip back to the early 90’s Post-Harcore and Emo, where sceraming, shouting and dissonance rule. Produced by Steve Albini who apparently played scrabble on his iPhone during recording sessions.
The Jealous Sound / A Gentle Reminder
For Fans Of: Death Cab For Cutie, Foo Fighters, American Football
When an album is recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage and bass provided by Nate Mendel could anying go wrong? No. After a 9 year hiatus The Jealous Sound return with a great collection of chilled-out catchy tunes that occasionally leaning toward modern shoegaze.
Kathleen Edwards / Voyageur
For Fans of: Lucinda Williams, Rilo Kiley, Bon Iver
Justin Vernon’s girlfriend Kathleen Edwards is as talented as he is in writing catchy tunes. Produced by Vernon, who guests on almost every track, Voyageur is an album telling the story of Edawards’ divorce from producer and long-time collaborator Colin Cripps. Brian Moen from Peter Wolf Crier and Norah Jones also appear on this soon to be Country-Rock classic.
Fun. / Some Nights
For Fans of: Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Hellogoodbye
Fun. have changed up their sound a bit on their sophmore release Some Nights, which finds them stepping into a new territory that most rock bands tend to stay away from: drum machines and auto tune, a trick only a handful in recent memory have been able to pull off. Long time Kanye West collaborator Jeff Bhasker produces.
Excited to hear what the next 10 months of the year have to offer!
-Eliot Larson, February 16th, 2012