2012 was the year that wallowing miseries I Like Trains embraced the digital age, and to stunning effect.
The Leeds group and their trademark plodding depressed post-rock was transposed from guitars to synth and computers on The Shallows, as was the subject matter, moving from the likes of doomed historical figures (Elegies To Lessons Learnt) and impending apocalypse (He Who Saw The Deep) to the effect the computer age is having on human culture.
As you can imagine, it’s not been great.
But the great news is, as our society increasingly breaks down into some dystopian matrix, we do now have an LP which is in equal parts cerebral and evocative to soundtrack it.
If it gets your vote, click on the poll below – and if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments!
EARLIER today, Sound Advice revealed the Albums of the Year for 2012.
As you might expect, it’s a mixed bag – with award winning efforts such as Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave rubbing shoulders with the lesser-known likes of Clean George IV.
So to make sure you’re all fully versed in this year’s selection, here’s a playlist below to listen to before you place your vote even further below.
IN THE festive run-up to the end of the year, it’s a time for tradition – and it’s traditional for me to sit down with some headphones and a pad of paper and beat myself up royally about which 10 albums from the year I like best.
Here’s this year’s selection – if you don’t know them, I strongly suggest you get acquainted, I’ll be posting up a playlist later today, and please take a second to vote for your favourite below.
I’ll be explaining a bit more about each selection individually over the coming weeks, and I’d love to hear any suggestions of albums I’ve overlooked in the comments section.
FIRSTLY, a little context.
The relaunch of this blog had rejuvinated and rekindled my already ludicrously obsessive relationship with music of late.
And in the past few weeks there’s been some great music released.
For example last Monday alone I was awestruck by the brilliance of I Like Trains’ latest doom-laden synth-soaked LP The Shallows, the raw brilliance of The Royal Headache’s debut, the full throttle rock of Hot Water Music, the folk-drum and bass crossovers of The Imagined Village…
You get the picture.
But there had to be a bad week coming, and I think it’s here – for a start nothing new out this week compares to the aforementioned releases.
And then I’ve got a handful of thoroughly disappointing forthcoming releases to review.
A little more context – I really like Paloma Faith.
I think she’s original, exciting, talented, cute, quirky, funny, totally engrossing with a belter of a voice – she’s like Lady Gaga and Kylie rolled in to one.
I have a lot of time for her.
But all the time I have given to her new album, Fall To Grace, sadly has been wasted.
This collection is just lacking – despite Faith’s best efforts, there’s no stand-out Stone Cold Sober singles, instead there’s too many ballads and yet none reach the peaks of her debut.
Quite simply, it’s luckly that Paloma Faith is behind the mic on Fall To Grace to drag it up to average.