These ten represent the one’s that I’ve listened to over and over this year. Albums that came out earlier in the year had a big advantage. I just haven’t had a chance to listen to the new Arcade Fire or Gross Ghost albums to justify putting them on the list. And all of these certainly benefit by being in genres that I listen to. This is, by no means, a list of best albums. But these are the ones I’ve loved. Or at least liked a lot.
You might notice that the list has a big Hopscotch Music Festival representation. Six of these played the festival this year. Heck, I had to leave one of them early to rush across downtown Raleigh to catch another. A seventh, Hiss Golden Messenger, played the festival a year before.
Also, that this list contains three local artists is reflective of the impact of my local music scene on my listening habits.
Savages – Silence Yourself
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw
Phosphorescent – Muchado
Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
Torres – Torres
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Sunny Daze
Wooden Wand – Blood Oath of the New Blues
Ryan Gustafson // The Dead Tongues – The Desert
For the record, a few artists that had albums that were in contention: My Bloody Valentine, Arcade Fire, Gross Ghost, Kanye West, Death Grips, The National, Thee Oh Sees, Hookworms.
The photographs are of the acts I’ve been fortunate enough to see and photograph.