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My Top 5 Albums of 2012 (and joint 6th's)

We usually do an Elba Annual in December where we ask people their ‘best of’s’ from throughout the year but seeing as we’ve had a particularly quiet year on here, we decided it probably was best to give it a miss and hopefully get it going again next year.

I did however, want to share my Top 5 albums of the year with you. I am asked each year by Peenko to submit my albums of the year for inclusion in the yearly BAMS (Blogs and Music Sites) list and this year when Lloyd from Peenko realised he’d run out of fingers to count up the albums, he called on me for my ninja spreadsheet skills. That list is still to be announced however, so I thought I’d get my list up before A) I forget and B) The BAMS list spoils my thunder.

Limiting albums to a Top ‘whatever’ is always quite hard I think. It depends on mood or the time of year, so in my Top 5, I could probably interchange about 3 of the 5 that are included below. In fact, in the three weeks since i sent over my albums of the year, I’ve changed the order in my head several times. However, I’ve gone with my original list but a few albums which on any other day would have made my Top 5 were;

6= Yusuf Azak – Go Native
6= The Pure Conjecture – Courgettes
6= Laurence & The Slab Boys – Lo-Fi Disgrace
6= Beach House – Bloom
6= RM Hubbert – Thirteen Lost & Found
6= Stars – The North
6= Randolph’s Leap – …and the Curse of the Haunted Headphones

But anyway, to the Top 5…

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5. Best Coast – The Other Place

“Summertime in 11 tracks”

 

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4. Francois & The Atlas Mountains – E Volo Love

“I find it hard not to love this album as it is but having seen them play live, it takes them to another level altogether. A highlight of 2012”

 

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3. Chris Devotion and The Expectations – Amalgamation and Capital

“heard it prior to 2012 (just) and it still gets frequently aired in my house. There’s no messing about here. Catchy, two minute rock n roll tunes.”

 

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2. Meursault – Something for the Weakened

“I loved Meursault’s first album. I love Meursault’s second album. ‘Settling’ = shivers”

 

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1. Django Django – Django Django

“Another that I can’t seem to put down. Just a really great listen that I never seem to tire of. Again, have seen them a couple of times over the last year and a bit and they are always excellent.”

when you get a song stuck in your head (Saint Max, Meursault and The Pure Conjecture)

for those moments you just can’t get that little ditty out of your head

We’re spoilt for new releases this week. All three of these tracks were released yesterday and they are all, at different points of the day, stuck in my head.

Saint Max and the Fanatics – Let Em’ Have It Sunshine

This one caught me completely off guard. Taken from their debut EP, this track has a raft of ska horns and lyrical chops to match. Apparently he’s not a real Saint either but I’m going to let him off because the whole EP

Next up, is Flittin’ by Meursault. To be honest, it’s the whole album here, not just this track. I made no secrets at just how much I loved Meursault’s previous release ‘All Creatures Will Make Merry’ and have been looking forward to ‘Something For the Weakened‘ for quite a while now. It is a little more polished and it is a little more epic but it’s still undeniably Meursault. This track Flittin’ and the grandiose ‘Settling’ are particular favourites.

Finally, we have ‘The Throat’ from The Pure Conjecture. I had no idea what to expect from this album at all, yet, when I heard this track I was immediately taken in by it. Again, the whole album is brilliant, but this track and opener ‘The Power of The Notes Is very Good’ are album stand-outs for me.

Hopefully a couple of these tracks will play on repeat in your head today.