Hey I’m baaaack!
San Cisco – Awkward EP
Ah, San Cisco, the soundtrack of my summer (other tracks outside Awkward included). Fun, catchy, oozing of youth and sunnies, the EP makes me think of running wildly through the suburb streets with friends, tagging along skateboards (I don’t have friends with skateboards, though, how sad) under the bright sun. Ice cream in cones can be included.
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Also a release from 2011, I never got a good listen of M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming until the beginning of the year. It visited my ear buds from time to time all throughout the year.
Milo Greene – Milo Greene
Beirut – The Rip Tide
Beirut took a while before their sound rubbed off of me, but when it finally did, it stuck. Brilliant music, but could be an acquired taste. Then again, so as most good things in life.
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Passion Pit’s latest is my go-to happyhappydancey album (well, I’m bound to have one, a friend of mine felt sleepy just listening to Milo Greene, how much more if I asked him to listen to The Paper Kites + Youth Lagoon?). Gossamer is an electropop delight, one that could brighten anyone’s dull day.
The XX – Coexist
Considering the fact that it took me a year, yes, a year, to actually sit back, tilt my head and say, “Hey, The XX is good” after getting a copy of their debut, Coexist was a different story. Hearing “Angels” for the very first time sort of turned me into melted wax, so you can only imagine what the whole thing could do for me.
Mumford and Sons – Babel
I would be a hypocrite to not put Babel in this list, because the first time I got Babel a few days early from its release (unbelievable perks of my job!), it made my day. Made my month, even. It made me giddy for days straight, the kind of feeling one gets when they’ve waited for something all their lives and it didn’t disappoint (unlike all of our first kisses, ha ha ha). With that said, I do have to say Sigh No More remains more of a favorite, Babel a close second.
Alt-J – An Awesome Kind of Wave
Sigur Ros – Valtari
Passenger – All The Bright Lights
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
Best Coast – The Only Place
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Other Artists Mostly on Shuffle:
Band of Horses
Noah and the Whale
Foster the People
Death Cab for Cutie
Florence and the Machine
Marina and the Diamonds
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Dave Matthews Band
Walk the Moon
Young the Giant
The Apache Relay
The Royal Concept
Father John Misty
Trails and Ways
Guilty Pleasures (and I won’t even justify them):
Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
Lana del Rey
I might do a different post for my fave singles for the year, might. I won’t say ‘stay tuned’ but what the hell, maybe do.