Here I'll list the ten biggest musical discoveries I made during the past year. I'll exclude stuff released during the actual year.
1. Mount Eerie
- Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7
- Been of fan of Phil's since...2007-2008, but only got around to listen to this particular record this autumn and it fucking blew me to pieces. Four long songs about existing, reality vs the unknown, being in the middle of creation... A record I'll return to for many years to come.
2. The Ramones
- I've liked the Ramones since 2000-2001, but never really dug that deep into their back catalogoue before this spring. And it was an almost religious experience doing so. I especially found a beautiful kinship with Joey Ramone
The one album that stuck out the most was Pleasant Dreams
, from 1981. A perfect mix of pop sensibility, punk, vulnerability and attitude. In my opinion it's the ultimate Ramones album.
3. PJ Harvey
- White Chalk
- A big thank you to Thåström
for playing it and for my friend G for letting me know what it was.
Truly one of the best albums I've heard in a great while. Dark, sparse, fragile, personal. I took it to my heart instantly.
4. Morten Harket
- Letter From Egypt
- Been an a-ha
fan since I was 15, but never gotten around to Mortens solo career until this spring. Not all is very good, but this album...Damn. It's brilliant. He's written most of it himself, making it all the more personal. Warm, acoustic instruments, poignant melancholy and great melodies. I adore it.
- Det beslutande organet
- Released in 2011, this was the follow-up to the record they released in 2009, their debut. A record I enjoyed at the time of its release, but for some reason lost touch with. I finally found my way back to Skriet this summer and this album hit me pretty hard. It's hypnotic, atmospheric, sad and quite dark. Naturally I love it.
- This polish gentleman makes beautiful sounds, using acoustic instruments mixed with electronic ones. The result is magnificent and dark.
7. The Good, the Bad & the Queen
- I had plans to listen to this band for over five before finally getting around to it, during the early stages of this autumn. I've always been a a fan of both Blur
and The Clash
and this spoke volumes to my English heart. Great English pop.
- I've known of Suicide for a long time, and I've always enjoyed the stuff I've heard, but never digging deep into them, until the last stages of December, whilst looking for something heavy, monotonous, dark and twisted. I found all this in Suicide, but I also found some stunning ballads. Especially one called Surrender
. A gorgeous track that brings to mind the great Elvis Presley
and Twin Peaks. Everybody should listen to it.
9. black metal
- Yes, it's true. I've actually started enjoying certain black metal stuff. It's perfect for when one wants something that is both aggressive and dark. And it has none of the annoying aspects of other metal genres, like machismo, solos, virtuoso arrangements to intricate to play or theatrical vocals (these guys just scream their fucking lungs out). Best band I've discovered? Well, Mgła
- A stunning album. Definitely one of the most atmospheric albums I've ever heard. It can soothe the most haunted of souls. And I should know.