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Kilgore Trout
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Re: Albums of the Year 2010
Dec 04, 2010, 16:17
Haven't bought that much new stuff this year (limited funds etc.), but from what i managed to hear...

*Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (wonderful mid-fi, warm-n-fuzzy psychedelic pop with an interesting, if divisive, 80's slant - one of his best albums)
*Field Music - Measure (not a very HH-type album, but great, unpredictable prog/funk/chamber-pop - at least one of the brothers has a classical background and it shows in the ornate arrangements, also superb live in Liverpool)
*Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (saw these guys play a blistering set in Manchester before the album came out - clearly indebted to 90's shoegaze/lo-fi indie, but with some superb songs and personality(?) to back it up)
*Owen Pallett - Heartland (again, not for everyone, orchestral pop of the mannered, slightly pretentious variety, but when it works, it's magical)
*Here We Go Magic - Pigeons (didn't really live up to their addictive debut, but a handful of the songs are still among my year's best)
*Julian Lynch - Mare (charming, sleepy drone-pop, took a bit of getting into but well worth the perseverance)
*Beach House - Teen Dream (stunning on first listen, but ended up feeling a bit cold and mannered (very 'hipster'-ish(?!)) - still some fine tracks, mind)
*Robyn Hitchcock - Propellor Time (a grab-bag of leftover tracks from the Venus 3 sessions a few years ago - doesn't hang together as an album but entertaining all the same (again, great live in Liverpool too!))

Haven't heard the new Robert Wyatt collab yet, but hopefully that will be of a similar standard.
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