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2016 Midyear In Music

Posted in Uncategorized by johnsontoms on July 17, 2016

It’s been a fantastic year for music so far, with great, major releases from some of the biggest musicians and artists of my generation, and ever.

Here are the albums:

  1. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool – pretty sure this won’t be unseated at the end of the year. Radiohead always defies expectations, but in older age and wisdom, they’ve surprised us by being as sparse, delicate, and hollow as ever. The best review I read called it a “middle-aged sigh of relief” and I’ll be damned if that isn’t exactly right.
  2. Whitney – Light Upon The Lake – had never heard of it, but I’ll be damned if isn’t the greatest collection of throwback indie music. For the first time in awhile, it doesn’t take overproduction to make a warm, uplifting album.
  3. David Bowie – Blackstar – if you haven’t heard it, you’re missing out.
  4. Bloc Party – Hymns – out of left field but still in play, Hymns is Bloc Party’s version of Moon Shaped Pool: soft, wise, aged, but a bit funky.
  5. DIIV – Is The Is Are – somehow shoegaze punk has never been so arena-ready. There won’t be a record with more energy and purpose all year.

Songs:

  1. Radiohead – “The Numbers” – I’ve never heard something more climactic and beautiful, and the haunting and jarring 30-second introduction of sleigh bells and nonsense just seals it.
  2. The 1975 – “Somebody Else” – This band just keeps getting better and better: this is a house funk disco slow-jam that sings “I don’t want your body but I need to think about you with somebody else.” Goddamn.
  3. Guy Garvey – “Angela’s Eyes” – What a fucking amazing and psychedelic song.
  4. DIIV – “Take Your Time” – it’s like floating in space, and repetitive two-minute bridge is the bridge in time.
  5. Bloc Party – “Different Drugs” – Somehow disco, somehow nightmare, all fantastic: “Trying to broach the distance… like we’re on different drugs.”

 

Everything I’ve gotten so far:

The 1975 – i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

Atlas Bound – Lullaby EP

Band of Horses – Why Are You OK

Bat for Lashes – The Bride

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is

Blink 182 – California

Bloc Party – Hymns

Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

David Bowie – Blackstar

Dr. Dog – Psychedelic Swamp

Chairlift – The Moth

Deftones – Gore

DIIV – Is The Is Are

Drake – Views

Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

Gallant – Ology

Guy Garvey – Courting The Squall

Honne – Gone Are The Days [Shimokita Import]

The Jezabels – Synthia

Lapsley – Long Way Home

Lily & Madeleine – Keep It Together

Little Green Cars – Ephemera

M83 – Junk

Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Rüfüs – Bloom

St. Lucia – Matter

Travis – Everything at Once

Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

Nico Yaryan – What a Tease

 

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