Fre 30 December 2011
2011 didn't bring as many good albums as 2010 (Bonobo, The Tallest Man on Earth, Ratatat, Agned Obel, Groove Armada, Ólafur Arnalds, to name a few) but the ones that was released was of great quality. As Spotify evolved and added social features, I can honestly say that I got loads of new tips and influences. Special mention goes to Koin for his quarterly playlist :-)
This is my list for 2011 (Spotify playlist):
"Hurry up.." is, just like the previous album "Before the dawn heals us", a totally awesome cinematic experience. Bombastic arrangements, great rythm and cool synths. From the absolutley fantastic and grand "Midnight city" to "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire" which has got to be the feel good song of the year.
This is a fantastic follow up on the "Lungs" album. Nearly every track is solid, with great sing-along moments like "All this and Heaven too", "Leave my body" and "Shake it out".
Best Swedish album this year. Smooth, almost minimal, electronic rythms with great vocals from Jonathan. This was my go to album for those late evenings at work, when you need to concentrate and need to shut out the world for a while.
This years strangest find. German samples and brilliant electronic melodies that refuses to conform. "Mosaik", "Goldene Kugel", "Idiologie" and "Einmal In Der Woche Schreien" are stellar tracks. However the album has some not so thought through tracks as well. On the whole this still gets to be on my list though.
Dark Dark Dark was a new discovery for me, introduced by the brilliant ballad "Robert". Great vocals and melodies, that despite the gloomy sound
Next year I'm looking forward to the new album from Tomas Andersson Wij. Happy new year!