I’m going to be honest. 2011 has not been that great for music in my books thus far. I am still listening to a lot of 2010 favourites in my free time. I am constantly meh on most of these 2011 buzz bands my music writing colleagues, friends and the general public seem enamored with (which doesn’t play in my freelance music journalist favour). I’m simply waiting for music to knock me off my feet, bring tears to my eyes and make me exclaim about it to everyone I know. So far, there’s been a handful of that, and you know what, that’s good enough for such high standards, isn’t it?
Here are the albums that I’ve loved and really liked so far (not in too much of a particular order):
I adore this woman. She is my hero in numerous ways, and this sophomore album was absolutely Killa.
Everything just fits together so beautifully in ways you can’t completely figure out, it’s captivating.
Pat Jordache – Future Songs
I’m much more in tune to Jordache’s catchy musical quirks than his vocals, but I dig that too, especially when I thought I’d get annoyed with it and I haven’t. It’s an interesting full package.
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
So much emotion and yet not enough; can fit to numerous settings such as laying in the sun or even grieving.
Jeans Boots – txt msgs
Attitude and sensitivity in just the way I like it.
Miracle Fortress – Was I the Wave?
Adventurous, dreamy, every time I listen I feel like I’m listening to it for the first time.
The Albertans – New Age
They caught my attention earlier on this year as Canada’s answer to that Brooklyn indie sound; quirky, curious and soft.
Hooded Fang – Tosta Mista
This album isn’t out yet, but I have heard it and I’m convinced it’s my album of the summer. So much fun.
What I’ve liked:
Braids, Peter Elkas, Snowblink, Little Scream, Sin Fang, Slow Down, Molasses, Jenn Grant, Graham Wright
What I’m looking forward to getting into now (ones I just haven’t given enough time yet):
Handsome Furs, PJ Harvey, Young Galaxy, Rubik
Later this year:
Dog Day, St. Vincent, Elliott Brood, Little Dragon, Evening Hymns, Wild Flag
Here are the EPs I’ve loved:
This is a self-loving session wrapped into four songs, you’ll be left tired from dancing and feeling good about yourself. Glad to see Beth’s solo foray.
Nightbox – Nightbox
Punchy local indie rock shooting for the stars; have a song “Bears” I still can’t quit.
We Are the City – High School
Passionate indie pop from BC from guys who went through a lot and came out of it so much stronger.