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You didn’t think I’d leave you hanging into the new year without sharing my favorite records of this year, did you? That’s not me to do such a thing so without further adieu the records I’ve played and loved to death.

10. KissesThe Heart Of The Nightlife

// Pod / Inertia

Hands down this record wins the most infectious record award of this year. Even without the help from Hot Chip or The Whitest Boy Alive, I’m sure Kisses would be fine producing Don’t say I won’t catch you dancing to “Kisses” this silly season.

[MP3] Kisses – Kisses

9. Beach FossilsBeach Fossils

// Popfrenzy

Beach Fossils is perhaps the best precedent of lo-fi pop this year. Simple looped guitar riffs drenched in reverb coupled with naïve and playful lyrics results in dreamy, nostalgic mind trips. Some people may say this is too melodically repetitive but I like consistency. It makes the sunny atmosphere last that bit longer y’know?

[MP3] Beach Fossils – Daydream

8. Teengirl Fantasy7AM

// Merok/True Panther

Teengirl Fantasy’s 7AM is an explosion of tropical, lo-fi sound coming at you left, right and centre with soothing vocals, upbeat tempos and looped samples mixed with cosmic undertones. It’s the perfect late-night record for assorted antics; best played every time other than 7 in the morning.

[MP3] Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters

7. Baths – Cerulean

// Anticon

The most underrated album of this year. Cerulean is honest and sweet electronic tunes perfect for lie downs, leisurely bike rides, visits to the beach and short road trips. This is a bright and refreshing sound from the self-thought musician from L.A.

[MP3] Baths – Hall

6. DrakeThank Me Later

// Cash Money Records

Oh no you di’n’t Ro. You did not just put Canadian rapper Drake in your top ten!? Featuring classic R&B samples and collaborations with the best of hip-hop, Thank Me Later is the album I never thought I’d enjoy post-adolescence. Believe it bitches but this shit is staying.

[MP3] Drake – Find Your Love

5. SiaWe Are Born

// Monkey Puzzle/Inertia

Despite the accolades and outside of this release Sia really is the true package – honest, fun (and funny), honest and real. Oh I forgot to mention she’s a pretty talented singer-songwriter too and We Are Born has reached new heights and fans. You can’t help but adore this lady and this shiny, fun record. I’m getting a little soft aren’t I?

[MP3] Sia – You’ve Changed

4. Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday

// Sub Pop

With sweet melodies and epic guitar hooks, this self-titled had me singing and jamming in no time. Influenced by a history of pop and rock, Happy Birthday’s album is without a doubt one of the classic releases of 2010. Ridiculous over-the-time swoon times to be had.

[MP3] Happy Birthday – Girls FM

3. SejaWe Have Secrets But Nobody Cares

// Rice Is Nice

Analogue synths plus sweet pop melodies equlas one pretty great record so big ups to Seja and her crafty skills for this gem of an album that I loved all year. Seriously though, I cannot find another local release this year that has been more memorable than this because if I remembered it, chances are it’d be here.

[MP3] Seja – I’ll Get to You

2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today

// 4AD/Remote Control

Finally, a mastered LP from the quirky genius that is Ariel Pink and it has never sounded so so good. What more can I say? It’s faultless. Before Today is a true gem.

[MP3] Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti – Round and Round

1. Glasser Ring

// True Panther/Remote Control

I knew that Cameron Mesirow – the lady behind Glasser – was all sorts of magic but to this astonishing degree as present in Ring and I’m floored. Ring is intricate, organic, minimal and truly a stunning listen. I bet you would never expect this record here but the sounds in this record crept up on me with absolute beauty.

[MP3] Glasser – Mirrorage

I hope everyone has had a great holiday season and cannot wait for the new year – this summer’s upcoming line of tours looks very promising and it’s about time too.

Julia Wilson is so many shades of awesome she is like the sister I wish I had. Not only does she manages one of the most exciting labels around, she also runs her own exciting record label called Rice is Nice. If the name also rings a bell, it may be because you have seen Julia’s name occasionally pop up as a photo credit on TWYE. So she is not only passionate about music, she also a rad photographer who has snapped the likes of Metallica, Flaming Lips, Youth Group, and the list goes on. Yeah! Jules’ is awesome and is also my special guest today.

  • Future Of The Left – Travels With Myself And Another
    THIS BAND RULES…from the roots of Mclusky comes the second record from FOTL and it blew my mind yet again. I love this band. We all have to go see them live as we are lucky enough to have them tour Aus again.

    Now I’m going to be slightly biased here, but speak the truth –

  • Talons – Talons
    TALONS s/t debut was one of the reasons (SPOD was the other, but that’s ‘08) I started my own label. This record is made by the three biggest gems I had met in a loonnnnng time. It was created completely independently in friends’ corridors, lounges and the rest. It’s an excitingly raw record with incredibly strong songs, which made me happy, sad…and kinda pretty mad. These guys are doing this for all the right reasons.
  • Shady Lane – Here We Go Down the Black Hole
    SHADY LANE’s Here We Go Down the Black Hole is the debut from Sydney’s Jordy Lane. This record is full of beautiful pop gems with Jordy’s amazing voice carrying them all through perfectly. I love this record and whenever I hear it, I‘m amazed that it all came from just this one fellow. I’m looking forward to the next Shady Lane project.
  • Seekae – Sound Of Trees Falling On People
    SEEKAE are incredible and really are like nothing else around at the moment. Their album Sound Of Trees Falling On People is as good as they are live. Its spell binding and beautiful as well as exciting. You also get the notion that it’s something that comes very easily and naturally to these three, so, again, I can’t wait to hear what’s next for this impressive band.
  • Songs – Songs
    I’m lucky enough to have worked with this nz / syd band. Max, who writes all the music, obviously has an incredible ability to do so. It’s so much Flying Nun-esque, but also stands alone so strongly. I really do love this record its one of the few australian titles that stand so far out and impress in comparison to other artists, without banging on about it and having it rammed down your throat.
  • Throw Me The Statue – Creaturesque
    I worked on this album and I really fell in love with it. It’s unfairly underrated and I think you all have to go and listen to it.

A big thank you to Will, Amelia, Mark and Jules who have contributed to our Guestlist series over the past month. I’m looking forward to sharing another series with you all next December when best-of fever strikes again.

  1. Camera Obscura – “French Navy” (from My Maudlin Career) [MP3]
    You just can’t get past the sweet melodies and the smitten feeling that engulfs you while listening to Camera Obscura, until you notice the romance inevitably turns to heartbreak – the string section just tugs at your heart. From their newest album My Maudlin Career, “French Navy” would conjure some sort of familiarity in most of us where we once desperately wanted to save a relationship but it was already out of our hands. Sigh, I love you Camera Obscura.
  2. The Middle East – “Blood” (from The Recordings of The Middle East EP)
    When I saw them this year I bought their stunning The Recordings of The Middle East EP and the forth track on my handmade copy of their EP, “Blood” is certainly one of the tracks that is played repeatedly. It is the standout from the EP – a track reflecting the complexities and sudden events that occur in family life. My favourite part of this song is the build-up to what becomes liberation of emotions with cooing and ah-ing. The Middle East are a band that embody ethereal beauty and I highly recommend listening to their EP.
  3. Red Riders – “Ordinary” (from Drown In Colour)
    Red Riders have been one of my favourite bands for years now and this song is one of the stand-outs from their most recent album Drown In Colour which has swayed towards a Britpop sound overall. “Ordinary” sounds exotic and I would play it on repeat on a sunny day, most likely a beautiful sunny Sunday with a piña colada in hand on a rooftop dreaming of somewhere away from Sydney. The film clip has a totally different vision for the song but it is worth checking out, it might make you giggle a little.
  4. Castratii – “Colours” [MP3] and “Listen Lovers” (both from The Music of Chance)
    Newly signed to Speak N Spell, Castratii are a mystic Sydney band that make me breathe deeply in relief that something more unique and mature has come out of our city. With hidden identities in their promo photos, this year Castratii released their first EP, The Music of Chance digitally through itunes with cover artwork confusing people to think they are a metal band. This they are not. I could not decide which of their tracks I liked more so they both score at #4 for me- both songs feature mesmerising falsettos and shoegaze elements that make me ponder if these guys are part of a secret society.
  5. Camera Obscura – “Honey In The Sun” (from My Maudlin Career)
    Camera Obscura is back again to warm up my heart and feel the romance and beauty in this world through “Honey In The Sun”, the final track on My Maudlin Career. Now I want to run around in a pretty field of flowers.
  6. Phoenix – “Lisztomania” (from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix) [MP3]
    Phoenix were awesome this year at the Enmore touring their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. “Lisztomania” is a word coined supposedly about the first classical pop star, Franz Liszt but to be honest I just really love dancing and singing along to this song.
  7. Bear & I – “Sloan Great Wall” (from Self-titled)
    One of my best friends recorded his first EP this year which is self-titled. Coming in at a measly 1:49, “Sloan Great Wall” is the first song on the track which initially teases you with a sole chatting banjo but then explodes into a symphony like the waking of living things at the dawn of the day. Just beautiful.
  8. Philadelphia Grand Jury – “I’m Going To Kill You” (from Hope Is For Hopers) [MP3]
    The Philly Jays are just awesome guys with awesome no-frills music that makes me dance without a care at their gigs. They released their first EP Going To The Casino and their debut album Hope Is For Hopers with “I’m Going To Kill You” featuring on both, a song about lead singer Simon dreaming that he leads his girlfriend to a graveyard to kill her but she proposes to him. Hilarious and catchy and had to be in my top 10.
  9. Dappled Cities – Zounds LP
    One of my top 3 favourite bands (if not number 1) Dappled Cities released their first album in 3 years, Zounds is an older-brother version of their previous albums – with a touch of added masculinity and dare to their usual dual-frontman falsettos and playful tunes. I couldn’t pick one song above another in this album.
  10. Jonathan Boulet – “A Community Service Announcement” (from Jonathan Boulet) [MP3]
    From my home town, Jonathan has surprised most of us after emerging from Parades to show off what he can do solo. “A Community Service Announcement” is a refreshing track from his self-titled debut album, Jonathan Boulet, that Pitchfork rated at 6/10, but I would rate it a little higher.
  1. Camera Obscura – “French Navy” (from My Maudlin Career) [MP3]
    You just can’t get past the sweet melodies and the smitten feeling that engulfs you while listening to Camera Obscura, until you notice the romance inevitably turns to heartbreak – the string section just tugs at your heart. From their newest album My Maudlin Career, “French Navy” would conjure some sort of familiarity in most of us where we once desperately wanted to save a relationship but it was already out of our hands. Sigh, I love you Camera Obscura.
  2. The Middle East – “Blood” (from The Recordings of The Middle East EP)
    When I saw them this year I bought their stunning The Recordings of The Middle East EP and the forth track on my handmade copy of their EP, “Blood” is certainly one of the tracks that is played repeatedly. It is the standout from the EP – a track reflecting the complexities and sudden events that occur in family life. My favourite part of this song is the build-up to what becomes liberation of emotions with cooing and ah-ing. The Middle East are a band that embody ethereal beauty and I highly recommend listening to their EP.
  3. Red Riders – “Ordinary” (from Drown In Colour)
    Red Riders have been one of my favourite bands for years now and this song is one of the stand-outs from their most recent album Drown In Colour which has swayed towards a Britpop sound overall. “Ordinary” sounds exotic and I would play it on repeat on a sunny day, most likely a beautiful sunny Sunday with a piña colada in hand on a rooftop dreaming of somewhere away from Sydney. The film clip has a totally different vision for the song but it is worth checking out, it might make you giggle a little.
  4. Castratii – “Colours” [MP3] and “Listen Lovers” (both from The Music of Chance)
    Newly signed to Speak N Spell, Castratii are a mystic Sydney band that make me breathe deeply in relief that something more unique and mature has come out of our city. With hidden identities in their promo photos, this year Castratii released their first EP, The Music of Chance digitally through itunes with cover artwork confusing people to think they are a metal band. This they are not. I could not decide which of their tracks I liked more so they both score at #4 for me- both songs feature mesmerising falsettos and shoegaze elements that make me ponder if these guys are part of a secret society.
  5. Camera Obscura – “Honey In The Sun” (from My Maudlin Career)
    Camera Obscura is back again to warm up my heart and feel the romance and beauty in this world through “Honey In The Sun”, the final track on My Maudlin Career. Now I want to run around in a pretty field of flowers.
  6. Phoenix – “Lisztomania” (from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix) [MP3]
    Phoenix were awesome this year at the Enmore touring their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. “Lisztomania” is a word coined supposedly about the first classical pop star, Franz Liszt but to be honest I just really love dancing and singing along to this song.
  7. Bear & I – “Sloan Great Wall” (from Self-titled)
    One of my best friends recorded his first EP this year which is self-titled. Coming in at a measly 1:49, “Sloan Great Wall” is the first song on the track which initially teases you with a sole chatting banjo but then explodes into a symphony like the waking of living things at the dawn of the day. Just beautiful.
  8. Philadelphia Grand Jury – “I’m Going To Kill You” (from Hope Is For Hopers) [MP3]
    The Philly Jays are just awesome guys with awesome no-frills music that makes me dance without a care at their gigs. They released their first EP Going To The Casino and their debut album Hope Is For Hopers with “I’m Going To Kill You” featuring on both, a song about lead singer Simon dreaming that he leads his girlfriend to a graveyard to kill her but she proposes to him. Hilarious and catchy and had to be in my top 10.
  9. Dappled Cities – Zounds LP
    One of my top 3 favourite bands (if not number 1) Dappled Cities released their first album in 3 years, Zounds is an older-brother version of their previous albums – with a touch of added masculinity and dare to their usual dual-frontman falsettos and playful tunes. I couldn’t pick one song above another in this album.
  10. Jonathan Boulet – “A Community Service Announcement” (from Jonathan Boulet) [MP3]
    From my home town, Jonathan has surprised most of us after emerging from Parades to show off what he can do solo. “A Community Service Announcement” is a refreshing track from his self-titled debut album, Jonathan Boulet, that Pitchfork rated at 6/10, but I would rate it a little higher.

For a long time I’ve admired the videos over at Shoot The Player. Run by two creative minds: Amelia Tovey and Jonathan Wald, Shoot The Player brings you unplugged music in new spaces. It is an intimate memory encapsulated in one take and in one unique space with plenty of room for spontaneity. It is just simply brilliant.

I’m over the moon to have Amelia is our guest here today and in no particular order here are her top 10 albums of this year. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us in 2010 starting with their installation at CarraigeWorks opening January 7. More details are here.

  • Here We Go Magic – Here We Go Magic
    I cannot even publicly admit how many car trips, morning runs, lunch breaks and evening wines have been set to the score of “Fangela” and “Tunnelvision”. These two little songs are perfect, perfect tunes. This is the only album I have consistently listened and re-listened to since getting it in my hot little hands. Dreamy, nostalgic and cinematic, Here We Go Magic fuckin’ nailed it with this album.
  • Bachelorette – My Electric Family
    The first time I heard this album, I sat upright in the kitchen, grinning and perplexed, staring at my cd player as though Bachelorette herself might leap out of the machine and join me for corn flakes. I love this sound. And I don’t really know what to say about this album other than if you don’t like it – you’re the only one. I saw her perform at an afternoon gig in New York this year and the preppy after work crowd passing by also stopped in their tracks and stared. They were surprised. They smiled and clapped in the middle of songs. They bought a shit load of CDs after the gig.
  • Fever Ray – Fever Ray
    Great album, great videos, can we please have more intelligent ambient weird music like this? It holds. It works. Where did “If I Had A Heart” come from? It’s like something out of space and back in time and never seems to get old.
  • Sarah Blasko – As Day Follows Night
    I know this album is on everyone else’s best of 2009 lists but fuck it, it deserves to be here. I first heard songs from this album played acoustically on a piano at the Illustrated Man Tattoo Parlour in Sydney. We filmed Sarah a week before she went off to Sweden to make the album. The tracks were fresh, unpolished, and un-practiced. The production on this album is so far from what I imagined the end result to be but it’s absolutely perfect; textured, percussive, dark and impressionistic of all the seasons, emotions & scenarios Blasko paints so lovingly in her lyrics.
  • Dappled Cities – Zounds
    I hope these guys never stop making music. Grander and Grandance and bigger than A Smile, this their third album is a joy ride of choral vocals and anthemic sounds. It is energetic, boistrous, ambitions and a lot of fun. The guys continue to give great live shows and their loyalty to the Hopetoun Hotel through the sad state of it’s demise was nothing short of heroic & commendable! Here, here!
  • Decoder Ring – They Blind The Stars, And The Wild Team
    I only just discovered this album, like, three weeks ago. I’ve always been hot and cold on this band, like I enjoyed them but i always wanted them to do better – and then this came along and Decoder Ring have arrived. Beautifully paced, atmospheric and tender, this is a wonderful, wonderful album.
  • Grand Salvo – Soil Creatures
    Grand Salvo makes every other folk singer who released an album this year look completely under-prepared for the task of simple, gentle, poetic storytelling. He’s is an impenetrable forces of beautifully stitched images, of tenderly damaged characters, of heartbreaking narratives and of the gently plucked guitar. He wears his heart on his sleave and combines the pathos of an old man with the spirit of an adventurous child. He asked us if we could shoot a music video up a tree once. Stay tuned for that one.
  • Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP
    Effortlessly lovely. ‘Blood Bank’ is a beautifully layered song that begins with two people staring at the pile of blood bags at a blood bank. I mean, WTF. Sincerely put together and beautifully textured, this EP is just as wonderful as the more fully fleshed out album we were all in love with, forever ago.
  • Pheonix – Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix
    Fun! Like the first two albums on this list, Pheonix first got my attention with their dreamy nostalgic sounds, i mean, this guys voice is just so listen-able. Their synthy upbeat pop tune 1901 reminds me of roller skating, road trips across America and dancing on the balls of your feet. They also kinda remind me of local Sydney band, Tennis (probably just a rip off of Tennis, hey).
  • Lovers – I am The West
    Here’s the wildcard. Lovers are a band I filmed in Portland. I didn’t really “get it” until we met the band and started wandering through the streets; me with my camera, they with their instruments. Pared back and simply, their songs were really, really good. I listened to the album again all the way back to Seattle and loved it. Smart, well written, straight forward and delicate, this band doesnt really sound like anything else and I can’t wait to see what else they’re working on.

I’m not going to deny that 2009 has been a great year of record releases. It just makes ranking my top 10 records that bit more difficult. Anyway, here we go.

  1. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
    Bitte Orca is the most ornate album this year. With intricate arrangements, exuberant melodies and a vocal dialogue that’s sweeter than honey, it’s so difficult for me to see another album surpass Bitte Orca. A fine execution of technical and conceptual skill results in stylistic clarity – their approach is intellectual, complex and informed. The Dirty Projectors will continue to push their art pop to the masses without compromise.
  2. Girls – Album
    The boys from Girls with their fucked-up past made me write perhaps the lengthiest album review thus far for Those Walls, Your Ears and with reason. Their formula is simple: four chord songs about girls, life and getting wasted accompanied with a melody that’s absurdly infectious. And it works because it’s real, as if we’ve experienced it already. Maybe we have but I can tell you, it makes me want to do it all over again.
  3. Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That
    I was blown away by this lady, her skills and this amazing record. Top her guitar arrangements with killer melodies and Stern’s This Is It is simply enthralling. The pace of this record is fast, very fast, and every note is played (and sung) with such strong conviction that it’s really empowering. She’s kind of my hero to be honest.
  4. Discovery – LP
    LP sounds nothing like the bands the duo originates from and is in fact utterly refreshing. Ten consistent tracks of obsessive 90’s pop, R&B, soul and even euro-dance beats – this shouts awesome, right?! Hey, LP is also ridiculously infectious.
  5. HEALTH – Get Color
    I knew this was coming and I couldn’t be more prepared. Ten songs of shear force from the L.A. quartet who got the shitty end of the deal (no thanks to you, Crystal Castles). HEALTH are like a slap in the face or a kick in the gut: it’s loud, ferocious and slightly hostile. They are true pioneers of the noise-rock genre and their time is NOW.
  6. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
    Once I met Tracey-Anne Campbell – the front woman for Camera Obscura – it was at a festival and I was probably drunk but on seeing them the following night at their sideshow, I couldn’t help but develop a huge crush for her and the fine Scots that is Camera Obscura. This doesn’t recede when they release the most adorable album (and possibly their finest) to date. My Maudlin Career is eleven songs of pure twee pop bliss that is bound to melt your heart too.
  7. Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
    The finest lo-fi-nu-gaze-whatever-you-want-to-call-it album this year. Seek Magic is sparse, euphoric, eerie and filled with nostalgia. It’s hazy and dreamy as it glimmers in space and proves that cosmic sounds can be sustained longer than the length of an EP.
  8. Nite Jewel – Good Evening
    Ramona Gonzalez and her dreamy synthetic hip-pop had me cornered at the very start of this year. Surprisingly Gonzalez’s Good Evening remains with me at the close of 2009. At best, Good Evening feels at home in the dark, d.i.y. slow-disco scene intended for bedroom prances. It is however slightly self-indulgent as if this was just another art project for the multimedia-based artist, Gonzalez. Although I blame the effortless cool she exudes and her ethereal props to the disco and 90’s R&B gods that makes Good Evening such an enjoyable listen.
  9. Wavves – Wavvves
    Wavvves was riding high on my record list at the beginning of ’09 but throw in a few punch-ups and burnouts and it’s just not the same anymore, Nathan Williams. That said, this record still makes me want to go back San Diego and rip it up on the boardwalk…not that I can skateboard well or anything.
  10. Toro y Moi – Causers of This
    A slightly premature addition seeing as it is yet to be released but I really just love it; I had to sneak it in here – look out for it in 2010.

Keep yourself peeled for a few more best-of lists in the next few days as we have some special guests.

I’m not going to deny that 2009 has been a great year of record releases. It just makes ranking my top 10 records that bit more difficult. Anyway, here we go.

  1. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
    Bitte Orca is the most ornate album this year. With intricate arrangements, exuberant melodies and a vocal dialogue that’s sweeter than honey, it’s so difficult for me to see another album surpass Bitte Orca. A fine execution of technical and conceptual skill results in stylistic clarity – their approach is intellectual, complex and informed. The Dirty Projectors will continue to push their art pop to the masses without compromise.
  2. Girls – Album
    The boys from Girls with their fucked-up past made me write perhaps the lengthiest album review thus far for Those Walls, Your Ears and with reason. Their formula is simple: four chord songs about girls, life and getting wasted accompanied with a melody that’s absurdly infectious. And it works because it’s real, as if we’ve experienced it already. Maybe we have but I can tell you, it makes me want to do it all over again.
  3. Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That
    I was blown away by this lady, her skills and this amazing record. Top her guitar arrangements with killer melodies and Stern’s This Is It is simply enthralling. The pace of this record is fast, very fast, and every note is played (and sung) with such strong conviction that it’s really empowering. She’s kind of my hero to be honest.
  4. Discovery – LP
    LP sounds nothing like the bands the duo originates from and is in fact utterly refreshing. Ten consistent tracks of obsessive 90’s pop, R&B, soul and even euro-dance beats – this shouts awesome, right?! Hey, LP is also ridiculously infectious.
  5. HEALTH – Get Color
    I knew this was coming and I couldn’t be more prepared. Ten songs of shear force from the L.A. quartet who got the shitty end of the deal (no thanks to you, Crystal Castles). HEALTH are like a slap in the face or a kick in the gut: it’s loud, ferocious and slightly hostile. They are true pioneers of the noise-rock genre and their time is NOW.
  6. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
    Once I met Tracey-Anne Campbell – the front woman for Camera Obscura – it was at a festival and I was probably drunk but on seeing them the following night at their sideshow, I couldn’t help but develop a huge crush for her and the fine Scots that is Camera Obscura. This doesn’t recede when they release the most adorable album (and possibly their finest) to date. My Maudlin Career is eleven songs of pure twee pop bliss that is bound to melt your heart too.
  7. Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
    The finest lo-fi-nu-gaze-whatever-you-want-to-call-it album this year. Seek Magic is sparse, euphoric, eerie and filled with nostalgia. It’s hazy and dreamy as it glimmers in space and proves that cosmic sounds can be sustained longer than the length of an EP.
  8. Nite Jewel – Good Evening
    Ramona Gonzalez and her dreamy synthetic hip-pop had me cornered at the very start of this year. Surprisingly Gonzalez’s Good Evening remains with me at the close of 2009. At best, Good Evening feels at home in the dark, d.i.y. slow-disco scene intended for bedroom prances. It is however slightly self-indulgent as if this was just another art project for the multimedia-based artist, Gonzalez. Although I blame the effortless cool she exudes and her ethereal props to the disco and 90’s R&B gods that makes Good Evening such an enjoyable listen.
  9. Wavves – Wavvves
    Wavvves was riding high on my record list at the beginning of ’09 but throw in a few punch-ups and burnouts and it’s just not the same anymore, Nathan Williams. That said, this record still makes me want to go back San Diego and rip it up on the boardwalk…not that I can skateboard well or anything.
  10. Toro y Moi – Causers of This
    A slightly premature addition seeing as it is yet to be released but I really just love it; I had to sneak it in here – look out for it in 2010.

Keep yourself peeled for a few more best-of lists in the next few days as we have some special guests.