Thursday, January 03, 2008

Zak's Top 10 Albums of 2007

Sure, it's a little bit late, but you guys all know I go for obscurity over speed. Wouldn't you rather have a top 10 list chock full of ultra-indie releases than one posted last week?

10. Black Dice - Load Blown
A late release, and perhaps chronically ignored, I found this to be their most thoroughly enjoyable album to date. The singles released earlier in the year blew me away, and so did the album. "Roll Up" is the world's next big dance track.
» MP3: Roll Up

9. Von Sudenfed - Tromatic Reflexxions
This album was supposed to be one of those one-off albums that is somewhat interesting, and fun, but not really substantial. But, I found it incredibly fun, and on a constant loop in my iTunes. Finally that hack Mark E. Smith has done something to be proud of.
»MP3: Family Feud

8. St. Vincent - Marry Me
This is perhaps the odd choice for me. It's quite a bit poppier than what I normally listen to, but I found myself listening to this album over and over again throughout the year. Perhaps it's the amazing melodies and completely original and dryly humorous songs, or maybe I just have a crush on her, but still a great album.
»MP3: Marry Me

7. Blonde Redhead - 23
Right after I heard this album, I told Sean this would be in my top 10 albums of the year, so of course I had to put it on here. But on top of that, I think this is the most enjoyable album they've ever put out.
»MP3: Dr. Strangeluv

6. Deerhunter - Cryptograms/Flourescent Grey
Despite their weak performance at Pitchfork Festival this summer, and the odd shit stories, still easily one of my favourite albums of the year. These guys are making stoner rock cool again.
»MP3: Dr. Glass

5. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
I've always 'kinda liked' Spoon, but this album made me put them in the 'Favourite Bands' section on Facebook. Of course, it is a little safer than their other releases, but I think they've written some of their most complex songs yet. One of my most listened to albums of the year.
» MP3: Don't Make Me a Target

4. Future of the Left - Curses
I''m surprised at how little attention this album has received this year, especially as McClusky has always been such a huge fan favourite among hipsters. This album does not explore terribly new ground, but it's a little more slowed down, a little more mature, and completely solid from beginning to end. On top of that it's a totally m-fing fun album. Who else can write a chorus sung in round around the words "Colin is a pussy/ A very pretty pussy!"? Please check them out.
»MP3: Manchasm

3. Liars - Liars
This album is almost like a step-back from the direction Liars were going, but I'm glad they did it. Deep down, we all know Drums Not Dead was a little boring and pretentious, but this new album is essentially a reimagining of the band (hence the self-titled album). Let's consider it an apology to all their fans for all those other unmentionables.
»MP3: Houseclouds

2. Caribou - Andorra
I gotta represent the Dundas, but still, this album proves why Caribou is a genius. Everytime I listen to this album I feel like hear something new - there's so many layers to his music, and some many well-planned out melodies. He still holds onto some his folktronica and krautrock influences, but he also mixes in a little motown. Who know it would work so well together?
»MP3: Desiree

1. No Age - Weirdo Rippers
Perhaps I'm a little biased because of my love for lo-fi music, but this album caught me off guard, and it continues to do so the more I listen to it. They create some amazing aural soundscapes, and then completely overthrow them with some raucous punk sounds. This is definitely a band that's set out to destroy your expectations. Let's hope lo-fi makes the comeback we know the world needs.
»MP3: Loosen this Job

Honourable Mentions

CocoRosie - the Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn
While I've always loved CocoRosie, this is the first album by them that I listened to repeatedly. This release is a little poppier, a little hip-hoppier, and still a great time.

This guy had so many interesting albums come out this year that a) it's hard to pick a best album, and b) with so many releases, he's been a bit inconsistent. But I gotta give him props nonetheless. He's put out a huge variety of material, from almost-metalish (Conqueror), to drone (Sun Down/Sun Rise), to shoegazer (Lifelife, and Eluvium Split EP), and an odds and edds collection (Pale Sketches) that includes some of his best material. There's some great material in here.

Aloha - Light Works
Not an album per se, more of a long EP, but still a phenomenal release. While their last album had a prog-rock feel to it, this one finds them exploring some more acoustic balladry which we all love.

Wintersleep - Welcome to the Night Sky
Perhaps another shocker. This band has never really amazed me, and I've always hated their fans, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed this album. Sure, they think they can charge $15 for concerts now, but it's probably only gonna go up from here.


Anonymous said...

dammit, its mclusky!!!

Anonymous said...

just need to say i fancy ur blog a lot, u've got good structure and bloody good music aswell.

Anonymous said...

better should admit that i'd also borrow ur link to the newsom-song, as i said, u've got taste of music hah

Big Papa Ray said...

What about The Presets? Beams was amazing. ='C