As I mentioned in yesterdays '5 Favourite EPs Of 2012' post, I wasn't going to do any year end countdown. Originally, I figured I would just post a giant mix of a bunch of the music that I enjoyed the most (100 Favourite Tracks / 212 Track Spotify Playlist) and that would be that.
But then I thought that maybe that shouldn't be that. Maybe two little countdowns would be a nice, concise way of saying "there may have been a shit load of great music this year, but if you are a bit strapped for time when it comes to checking out new music, then I recommend you focus that time on these two small handfuls".
So, if you haven't already, go check out my 5 favourite EPs. But only after you check out my 5 favourite albums (which, conveniently, are right below this sentence).
My 5 Favourite Albums Of 2012
You Won't - Skeptic Goodbye | You would be hard pressed to find something more catchy and fun to listen to then the debut full length from You Won't. I was surprised to not see it on more sites end of year lists. Perhaps it is because You Won't started to drop singles / tastes last year, and then Skeptic Goodbye was released so close to the start of 2012 that people must have forgot about it or associated it with 2011. Or maybe, as it sometimes feels, a lot of sites best of lists seem to place a higher importance on something being difficult to listen to, as opposed to just straight up enjoyable.
Well, I'll take enjoyable over difficult any day. And this album is filled to the brim with enjoyable. So go get it and stop moping around listening to things that make you feel so damn gloomy.
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams | I don't really pay much attention to Pitchfork. I know that their opinion is probably the most influential factor on whether a lot of people get behind an album or artist (outside of the music itself, but just barely), but for me, I find that a lot of the music I enjoy either doesn't even register as existing on their site, or they think it is average or worse. And who wants to read thoughts that don't reinforce your own thoughts?
Take this album. It registered a 5.6. So, if you were to put this into high school terms, it would be like Lord Huron handed in 'Lonesome Dreams' as his art project and the art teacher gave him a 56%. But his classmate Scott Walker got an 80% for 'Bisch Bosch'. That's bonkers. It's grading like this that makes a lot of kids drop out of art class even though they like art class… but I've started to digress into my past (I still can't believe my art teacher gave me a failing grade on my 'Reservoir Dogs / Game Gear' diorama… what an out of touch bitch).
So if you haven't already, I highly recommend you check this album out. It is great and even if the art teacher didn't like it, that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve being hung up on the fridge.
Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone | I'm not much of a dancer. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I'm a really awesome dancer, but it's only a small fraction of music actually makes me want to dance. I think I grew up in the wrong era, because it is records like Time's All Gone that put a wiggle in my step and a bend in my knees. And this album does not sound like it came out of this year (or even out of the last 40 years).
The kids these day may prefer to dance like a jockey while a man from Korea does a cover of LMFAO, but I really wish we would all put on suits and dresses and fill a sweaty dance floor when a song like 'Say I Wanna Know' comes on. Just imagining that alternate universe makes me want to leave the house tonight and hit the town. And I don't ever want to leave the house and hit the town anymore.
So yeah, Time's All Gone is a throwback to a bygone era, but it also sounds fresh as hell. It oozes a genuine coolness and a real sexiness that fills my body with emotions and urges that I just don't know what to do with. I think I wanna dance.
Father John Misty - Fear Fun | This album is a trip, in every sense of the word. Songs about drugs and women and searching for yourself and losing yourself and women and drugs. I don't think there was an album cover that better suited the music within than Father John Misty's Fear Fun.
Fear Fun is one of those long plays that really grows on you. You'll most likely like it at first listen, but after a couple spins it will really start to sink its teeth into you and pull you inside. And that is where you'll like will turn into a love.
Lyrically, it is hands down my favourite album. There are so many great one liners and abstract imagery, it's been a treat putting this album on repeat. I love it more and more the more and more I listen to it, and I think you will too (if you don't already).
Whistle Peak - Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls | It would have been pretty easy to miss out on this album. I don't have the most steady hand on the pulse of the music blog world, but I don't really remember too many people talking about this one. If it wasn't for We Listen For You's ongoing list of favourites from 2012, I probably would have either missed this album completely or only discovered it at the end of the year.
But I'm glad that wasn't the case, because I can't imagine 2012 without having had this album in my headphones as much as I did. This is probably a completely wrong way of describing it (I'll do it anyways), but this album is sort of like a really catchy Califone album. And since Califone is one of my favourite bands, and since I quite enjoy catchy music, you can understand why I loved Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls so much.
If you're confused by the Califone comparison, I'll elaborate a little bit. There is a lot of interesting and random things / sounds happening in the background of these songs. It's not just guitar-voice-drum. There are layers. There is experimentation going on, but the experimenting never gets in the way of the album being a joy to listen to. So, like a Califone album, there is a lot of interesting little things for your ear drums to be intrigued by, but unlike a Califone album, it is also really catchy (and that's not meant to be a knock on Califone, but rather just praise for Whistle Peak).
And the end result of all of that is a brilliant album, front to back and all over again.
So there you have it. My 5 Favourite Albums Of 2012.
Combine that with My 5 Favourite EPs Of 2012 post, My 100 Favourite Tracks Of 2012 post, the 212 Of My Favourite Tracks From 2012 spotify playlist, and the 90 minute '(some of) The Best Of 2012' episode of this week's Mix Tape Radio and you have yourself plenty of ace tunes to check out.
And I've probably also overstepped what is a normal amount of year end sharing. So I'll stop listing. But I can't promise that I won't be checking out other peoples lists and see what I managed to miss this year.