The Delayed Albums of 2012 List: Part Two

You may have noticed that the last post stopped at album 11 of my album list of 2012. So, without further ado, let’s pick up where I left off.

10. Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Opening the top 10 with a record comprising of one man, a guitar and a heck of a lot of soul from folk music was a good choice. Whilst TNLN might not be the best Tallest Man… record, that just shows testament to how good Christopher’s music truly is. Don’t believe me? Listen to the whole thing just below.

9. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Latest estimates reckon that Channel Orange has sold around 40,000 copies on vinyl alone. Considering that this album is yet to be officially pressed onto vinyl that’s an even more impressive feat from “the acceptable one” and hugely talented member of OFWGKTA, Frank Ocean. Even the things in the middle of the epic tracks (namely Fertilizer) standout.
Stream the whole thing here

8. Title Fight – Floral Green
Title Fight’s second album came pretty quickly after their debut, but in no way does that demean it as a record. Floral Green stands up, shouts and demands to be recognised as one that not only signals to Title Fight’s peers of the past, but refuses to accept that their breed of rock can’t still sound fresh and they succeed. Proof you say? Listen to it all below.

7. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Coming off the back of so much talk, An Awesome Wave was never going to fully live up to the expectation built around it; but that’s not to say that the Leeds/Cambridge band didn’t make a bloody good go of it. Breezeblocks proved to be a standout of the year and in adapting their own music to their own individual tastes, Alt-J made a unique sounding record that challenges their contemporaries, even if it’s not perfect. Listen to it below.

Once you’ve got the Pitchfork Best New Music seal of approval and iconic label Sub-Pop behind you; it’s hard to fail and Canadian rock band METZ did just what they were expected to and delivered a record full of fast paced, agressive music that will drive your neighbours insane but drive the blood through your veins. Feeling like some of that? Listen below.

5. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
The second album from How to Dress Well makes the top 5 simply for being the most beautifully crafted record I heard in 2012. Mixing soulful yet soft vocals with classical sounds and heaving it all to the modern day with some stunning production and beats; Total Loss is sublime. Enter a coma, listen below.

4. The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
I got a lot of stick for putting this album where I did when I played the radio show of the year, but if you remember the beginning of the year, you’ll remember the insane critical acclaim from The Fly, NME, Clash, DIY and the Guardian to name just a few. If anything, I think this album has improved with age as the summer came and went and Given to the Wild became the perfect sunshine nostalgia. Regardless, 4th it is.
Child / Pelican

Side note: Any of the top 3 could have been my number one. It was a difficult decision and one, had I been feeling differently, would have gone another way. In DiS style, they’re all winners.

3. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Japandroids make the kind of rock music you always wanted to from the moment you picked up a guitar and top it with a heck of a lot of courage to form power hit after power hit. Every track on Celebration Rock sounds like a single and so much not like a single at the same time that you end up lost in the record until it finishes. That total immersion is a testament to how good this band really are and how Celebration Rock makes the top 3.
Listen in full below

2. Tall Ships – Everything Touching
I was beginning to think Tall Ships were going to keep releasing EPs for the rest of their careers when Everything Touching was announced. Now I understand that their tireless progress had all led to what is a stunning album of music that, for the most part, they weren’t mature enough to make when they formed. Some re-recordings take on new lives of their own (Books namely) and the new tracks simply take you on the kind of journey that only Tall Ships know how to. From T=0 through to the epic build and party of Murmurations; Everything Touching is unrelentingly enjoyable. Listen in full below

1. Lucy Rose – Like I Used To
The year that Lucy Rose had was lifechanging.Whilst she may still record music in her bedroom and be a naturally shy person, what her music has given both her and her thousands of new fans along the way has been nothing short of a fairytale. Like I Used To feels like every memory you’ve ever had, racing through your head at 2am to the sound of one beautifully soft voice and her guitar. That, to me; is perfection.
Sadly, I can’t find a stream, but here’s my three favourites from the record to try make it up to you.

So there you have it.
Watch out for the next few weeks for my tips for the year as well as a Sound Influx session!

Take care of each otheer

TGTF Catchup: The1975, Lucy Rose, Dog is Dead and more.

In the last post, I mentioned I’d been writing quite a bit even though I hadn’t been posting it to this blog. Here’s a little catchup for the work I’ve done for

Facedown EP
Sex EP
With a series of two quick releases under their belts, the1975 have been building up their own hype. I’ve been keeping up with it all for TGTF and whilst some of it is disappointing, there’s real promise in the Mancunian band. Click the links above for my words and listen to “You” below.

The Killers
Battleborn Album Review
TGTF Podcast
Shortly after reviewing their new record, I was asked to partake in a small debate about The Killers in which I sound quite ridiculous and suggest that music no longer needs them. Its all a very strange experience for me. Either way, you can get to either of them from the above links. Don’t expect me to be anywhere near as nice as I was when I suggested that a Killers show was my favourite ever.

Lucy Rose
Like I Used To Album Review
Lucy Rose is the one constant of 2012 for me. She’s been the only artist to genuinely live up to the huge amount of hype around them and not allow it to change them. As you may be able to tell, this quite a nice review.

Dog is Dead
All Our Favourite Stories Album Review
Bands to Watch
Festifeel Coverage
The Nottingham band are a TGTF staple by now. Dog is Dead have been covered for a long, long time there and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take up their coverage for the end product. I’m not sure I gave the review TGTF readers were expecting, but oh well. See the links above and listen to Teenage Daughter below. 

Kyla La Grange
Album Review
Festifeel Coverage
If Lucy Rose is the bright side of Laura Marling from before she turned a bit naff, Kyla La Grange is what would have happened if Marling had done a Bob Dylan and picked up an electric guitar for her darker material. Whilst her music wraps itself in moodiness, it still has an uplifting and rather haunting sound at times. Sadly, the record doesn’t fully explain all of this. Read the review above. More on La Grange to come in the SI update.

That’s pretty much that for now. I also saw White Rabbits, said Tall Ships have more power than TeamGB’s cyclists and suggested that Deap Vally could make a debut record better than the White Stripes‘ Get Behind Me Satan, but that’s all passing comment really.

Tomorrow, the Sound Influx update and a fantastic video from a band that split up almost two years ago!
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Year 2 of University: Passed

My second year at university has been over for a few weeks now, for longer if you don’t include the work experience month. As such, by the time this posts, I’ll be on a coach  from London’s worst station (Victoria. It’s only narrowly worse than KX) en route back to the grey hills of Yorkshire and Leeds/Harrogate.
To commemorate (did I really say commemorate?) this non-event, I’ve made a short playlist of tracks released in the last year (give or take a few months) that have soundtracked the last three terms at UCA. It’s missing The Streets, Brand New, Marvin Gaye, all of the Boat That Rocked soundtrack and anything from the end of the magazine project, but you get the idea. I’d post the reasoning behind everything, but it doesn’t really matter. Bonus points for spotting me in two of the videos.

Bombay Bicycle Club –How Do You Swallow So Much Sleep

Sigur RosVarúó

Lucy Rose Middle of the Bed

Ben HowardOnly Love

Los Campesinos! By Your Hand

Scroobius PipIntrodiction

Bon Iver Calgary

Johnny Foreigner – You Vs Everything

The 1975S e x (not in Spotify)

So that’s that for another year. Summer comes now in which I need to locate finance through a job and selling my posessions and after that comes a move into the landscape that is South London and the third year of Music Journalism at UCA.

Take care of each other

Fireworks in 2012: Part One

So we’re a whole week into 2012. No doubt many of us have reached for the bottle, fag packet or chips we promised ourselves not to have already, but fear not. Whilst you’re indulging yourselves, you can listen to a shed load of new music.
Whilst the NME have made excellent use of Soundcloud to form this and the BBC have made bad use of their ears and made this, I’ll be doing a series of small pieces for ThereGoesTheFear and bringing even more to this blog, all kicking off with this.

First up, comes the delightful Lucy Rose. No stranger to this blog over the last few months, she’s been tragically neglected from many of 2012’s lists. Having teamed up with Bombay Bicycle Club last year and slowly put out a selection of music, Rose will (hopefully) be using 2012 to capitalise on these and her recent buzz to create a record. I’m  hoping for something towards the end of the summer personally. She really is such a wonderfully talented singer-songwriter.  Here’s Middle of the Bed

Secondly, and another part of the Bombay Bicycle Club hype wave from the back of A Different Kind of Fix are Dog Is Dead. Think a bit Rumble Strips (RIP), a bit Maccabees and a bit harmonius and you’re not too far off from the Nottingham group. After self releasing a trilogy of singles, playing a whole load of festivals with BBC Introducing and even playing out the most recent series of Skins, the newest chapter of their story’s about to unfold, pay attention. Here’s Young.

Thirdly and finally for this part are Sissy and the Blisters. A band once a bit too edgy for most ears, they’ve toned down the insanity but in no way lost their insanity live nor their egde over so many bands doing similar things. Think of the Vaccines, but more talented, with a dapper, insane frontman and an organist. Actually, don’t think of the Vaccines, even if they were on this list last year. Think the music Vince Noir would make if he were real and a bit less electronic. They are the others, this is Let Her Go.

Up and coming posts for ThereGoesTheFear for 2012 will hopefully include: Bear Driver, Liam Bailey and a few others. A few new things up and coming too.
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Christmas in Fireworks #1: The Xcerts, Lucy Rose and The Kills

The first installment of what might be up to four (oooh) Christmas themed posts brings THREE FREE DOWNLOADS. You lucky festive things. As the title of this post suggests, the three downloads are from The Kills, The Xcerts and Lucy Rose.

First up are Scottish rockers, The Xcerts. After a tiring year and with another one up ahead, this is a relaxing wind down towards the holidays with a cover of White Christmas. It’s slow, it’s lovely. Strange for them I guess. It’s available for free download for liking their Facebook page so what are you waiting for? Click HERE

Second up is the delightfully talented 
Lucy Rose. Her cover of Driving Home For Christmas has been available for a week already and is now only available via 6Music for another 15 hours! So hurry up and click this link to go to there!!!

Last but not least comes Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince. The Kills have messed up the lyrics to Silent Night and created a really lovely sparse track. It’s available for free download via 6Music HERE!

I hope you’re all having a lovely holiday so far
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