Just thought I'd kick of our discussion space with this hackneyed old question.
My favourites are: Mass V (Amenra), Monnos (Conan), Harbour of Devils (WTBR), VCheka (VCheka), Cokefloat! (PAWS).
GRICE - Propeller, Eschar - Elements, Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB, Ephel Duath - On Death And Cosmos, Hark - Mythopoeia, Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, Isris - Banshee Asylum, Miroist - The Pledge, Mouse On The Keys - Machinic Phylum, Alphabets Heaven - Rosewater, Nótt - Winter's Frame, Silvertortoise - Mira, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - Exegesis, Meshuggah - Koloss, A Sweet Niche - Eye Music II, Om Unit- Aeolian, Peter Broetzmann/John Edwards/Steve Noble - ...the worse the better.
If we all had an online listening party then we could pick the Album Of The Year between us, wouldn't work unless we all listened to each other's choices I reckon.
Can it include EPs? If so, in no order yet.... Ne Obliviscaris, Portal of I.....Trillion Red, Metaphere......Flies Are Spies from Hell, Nerves Still Beating...... Rumour Cubes, The Narrow State.....You Slut!, Medium Bastard....Alcest. I need to listen to Swans, Deftones and listen to Neurosis a few more times. Sybreed may be a surprise entry - probably one of my most listened-to records this year. Adrift For Days are also in with a chance. I think TNBD and WTBR records are good but not good enough - they are equal with Dumbsaint which does not make my list.
I don't know where to begin this year - there's been a load of great stuff. I'm doing the following in a stream of consciousness (and admit there is bound to be a Scottish bias in what comes out)... Tame Impala, Miouax Miouax, The Grand Gestures (which is just unlike anything else, ever), Happy Particles, Ikons, Echodrone, Toy, Band of Horses (I have a soft spot!), Twilight Sad, Godspeed, North Atlantic Oscillations.
Top 5 will feature some of these, and likely some I've forgotten about for now!
OK here's my top 15. Will only change if something new comes out>
Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay
Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I
Trillion Red – Metaphere
Rumour Cubes – The Narrow State
Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
Breaking Orbit – The Time Traveller
Alcest – Voyages De L'Ame
Flies Are Spies From Hell – Nerves Still Beating
What the Blood Revealed – Harbour of Devils
Dumbsaint – Something That You Feel Will Find Its own form
Deftones – Koi No Yokin
Adrift for Days – Come Midnight
The Narrows – Eve of Invasion
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs
Atlantis – La Petite Mort
Is this the top 15 you also submitted to Ghost Cult, Gilbert?
In that case this is my top 15, again if nothing new comes out and also my places 6-15 change on a weekly basis currently:
1. Amenra - Mass V
2. Conan - Monnos
3. Sleep Lady - So Long Lonely Ghost
4. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
5. MONO - For My Parents
6. What The Blood Revealed - Harbour of Devils
7. MAKE - Trephine
8. Vcheka - Vcheka
9. PAWS - Cokefloat!
10. Snailking - Snailking
11. Ufomammut - ORO: Opus Primum
12. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
13. Baroness - Yellow & Green
14. Kowloon Walled City - Container Ships
15. John Coffey - Bright Companions
Yeeeesh. I haven't even started thinking about this... I had a request recently to make a mixtape like I did in 2009, but there's not many albums off the top of my head I can think of. That record by Black Moth was awesome, as was the Melvins ep... not much has changed since our mid-year list for me, I guess. Swans will be on there somewhere, too.
One day i think it sounds cheesy and contrived, like they were trying to write a soundtrack to a disney fucking princess movie.
The next, it's epic, sprawling and wonderous.
It offers more with every listen and has me torn. This can only be a good thing.
Still haven't heard rumour cubes or sleep lady. Anyone wanna hook a brother up?
I liked the MONO record a lot, but not as much as others... I need ot listen to it again. Didn't hear the Rumour Cubes album, but I heard one song that sounded promising.
OK, so I've been going through the list and here's some bands in no particular order for you all to chew on and discuss:
Swans - The Seer
Melvins - The Bulls & The Bees
GY!BE - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Head Fwends
Black Moth - The Killing Jar
Fennesz - AUN
Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
Azure Ray - As Above So Below
Errors - Have Some Faith in Magic
That's just an initial list, going through what I have and what I remember. Honorary mentions would also go to my friends MINIONTV and Bird (both from Liverpool) who released an excellent album, The Last Projectionist and an excellent EP, Shadows respectively. How many albums are we supposed to come up with, then?
Wow. I picked ten haha. Man, if I could remember all the albums from the year it might end up looking different. I'm going to have to make a list and then trawl through the net to find something I may have missed. It's funny, you'd think if there would something that amazing you wouldn't forget it, but then again, maybe that's a statement for the year's closing.
Fuck I forgot Hinterlandt.
And yeah Jake that MINIONTV record is good. Love their stuff.
Top 10 MIGHT look like this in the end:
1. Encircling Sea - A Forgotten Land (release due in 2 weeks - yeah I know only one song is available right now, but what a song :))
2. Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay
3. Ne Obliviscaris – Portal of I
4. Trillion Red – Metaphere
5. Rumour Cubes – The Narrow State
6. Breaking Orbit – The Time Traveller
7. Alcest – Voyages De L'Ame
8. Hinterlandt - Cartography
9. Flies Are Spies From Hell – Nerves Still Beating
10. The Narrows – Eve of Invasion
-And You Will Know Us By The Trail of The Dead - Lost Songs
-BATS - The Sleep of Reason
-Caspian - Waking Season
-Conan - Monnos
-Gifts From Enola - A Healthy Fear
-Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
-Gojira - L’Enfant Sauvage
-If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest
-M/\KE - Trephine
-Mono - For my Parents
-Summer Fades Away - We Meet the Last Time, Then Departure
-Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs
I'm doing my final listening today... this branch has been a huge help and somewhat of a pain in the ass at the same time, since there's quite a few album's here I haven't heard and can't make my list without considering... so thanks everyone for the help and cheers for consuming my whole day with your wonderful suggestions.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch