Half-time Report: Albums of the Year so far 26-16

SO FAR, I think you’ll agree, 2012 has been a pretty good year for music.
An if you don’t, listen to each and every one of these albums, my 26 best releases from the first 26 weeks of the year.
The first instalment is tonight, the second tomorrow and the top five will be revealed on Sunday – feel free to rate and slate the countdown on the comments…

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26. Thavius Beck – Symphony Of The Spheres
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25. The Futureheads – Rant
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24. Get The Blessing – OC DC
23. Meshuggah – Koloss
22. Suborno – The Instrument
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21. Keaton Henson – Dear
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20. Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense
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19. Jack White – Blunderbuss
18. Foe – Bad Dream Hotline
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17. Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet
16. Grimes – Visions

Tomorrow, numbers 15-6…


Opinion: CFCF and Suborno – these opposites attract

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ALLOW me to introduce two recent releases that are poles apart in approach yet equally both give me the chills.
CFCF’s latest, Exercises, is trademark meticulous in nature.
Canadian producer Mike Silver has carefully, intricately put together an icy slice of electronica/classical crossover.
It’s like a hybrid of Max Richter’s swelling beauty and Trentemoller’s clicks and beats, clinically, almost surgicully fused together.
On the other hand, Suborno’s debut LP, The Instrument, just kind of happens.
The album was entirely improvised, performed and recorded ad hoc using two acoustic guitars, an assortment of household items and a PC.
This random, free flow sound has comes out like the swell of a wave, or a waft of heat in a foreign country, an elemental sound that sweeps over the listener.
It’s a world away from CFCF. However both have common ground – close your eyes with either and an hour has passed.
And in addition, both are on my Albums of the Year shortlist as well.