Here goes the list of my favorite albums of the year.
The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness
- Benjamin Clementine: At Least For Now
- Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell
- Kurt Vile: b’lieve me I’m goin down
- Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I sit and think, And sometimes I just sit
A must-listen already for the great album title! Favorite line: “Give me all your money, and I’ll make some origami, honey.” on Pedestrian at Best
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
- Baroness: Purple
- Ibeyi: Ibeyi
- World’s End Girlfriend: Voices of Past Days
…and while I haven’t been a huge fan of Motörhead the England 1978 album is great, and as it got reissued in 2015 it is on this list.
As the regular follower of the Group of the Week series that you are, you have of course noticed that I have posted two groups within the same week. I meant to post the previous one on Beck even before Christmas but something annoying like work got in the way.
Anyway, here we go with a great discovery:
MONO, a post-rock/experimental rock group from Japan. When I saw the announcement of a concert in Zurich, I remembered that a few years back I read a review of their album For My Parents in the (german) music review page Abgehört. I also remember that I liked it at the time but probably did not listen to it very intensely. Now, I went back to listen to their music. They have a new double feature album out The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness, which received another outstanding review on Abgehört but I think you just need to listen to it yourself, which you can do (and afterwards buy) on Bandcamp. The Hymn to the Immortal Wind is maybe one of the greatest albums I’ve listened to (and the others aren’t really worse).
They played a great concert with a full orchestra supporting them in NY. Other concert videos are worthwhile too, and I am sure that the show in Zurich will be no worse. See you there 🙂
As usual you can listen to it on Spotify:
Probably everybody those who are older than 30 years of age know Beck‘s iconic song Loser. Still today I think it has one of the best music videos ever made.
Apparently, Beck has mostly worked as a producer/song writer in the last years, notably (imo) on Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s album IRM.
Last year Beck was back with a new album under his own name. It’s called Morning Phase. As usual you can listen to it on Spotify:
It has been a while since the last Group of the Week (I had a feeling it turn out this way…).
Anyway, if you do a bold extrapolation from the two groups featured so far, I like Metal and Electro-Pop. While this represent a minor portion of the music I listen too, I will continue with James Blake — another Electro-Pop act. His latest album is entitled overgrown, and I really like it. He also has a cool webpage.
Today, I found a show he performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris.
James Blake on Spotify:
Let’s do a contrast to the first Group of the Week.
Burial does great electronic music, which I follow since his 2007 self-entitled album. Now there is a new EP Rival Dealer. Read about it on Pitchfork.
I don’t listen to Metal that much but I really like Woods of Ypres and particularly their last album Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light. The reason I write ‘last album’ and not ‘latest album’ is that their founder, singer and guitarist David Gold was killed in a car accident in 2011.
I intend to make Group of the Week a series, though it will certainly not be a weekly series. Let’s see 🙂
A Youtube playlist:
What a great idea! Make sure to switch channel with up/down buttons!