Wow, what a quarter!
So many brilliant releases that making a top ten list was undoable. Dear mr. Blind Clockmaker, why did you give us ten fingers? We need fifteen!
There were also lovely albums released by Artificial Pleasure, Kadhja Bonet, Cheer-Accident, The Fierce and the Dead, Mark McDowell, Gruff Rhys, the Trembling Bells and Kamasi Washington, but I felt they did not push my buttons as hard as the ones I am listing below. You should still get them off course, they are sincerely great!
Anyway, here goes. In alphabetical order, as always. But if I had to pick just one album, it would be Crayola Lectern’s ‘Happy Endings’. Instant wyattesque classic, hands down.
And the Zuider Zee album is outside contest – almost up there with Big Star… on a pedestal all of its own.
Aquaserge – Deja-vous?
Matt Baber – Suite for Electronics and Piano
Daniel Blumberg – Minus
Drinks – Hippo Lite
Jack Ellister – Telegraph Hill
(100 copies only and sold out – which is a shame as it is the most psych album so far this year!)
The Gold Needles – Pearls
Crayola Lectern – Happy endings
Matt Maltese – Bad Contestant
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage
Papernut Cambridge – Outstairs Instairs
Kimara Sajn/+1 – The Mourning Past
Cosmo Sheldrake – The Much Much How How & I
Slug – HiggledyPiggledy
Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance
Zuider Zee: Zeenith
Fading Yellow volume 16: Sad about the Times
So that is all for this quarter. But Q3 is already looking great. We will finally see the third instalment of the Regal Worm trilogy of albums. And it is is every bit as good as the previous two, I will post the review as soon as pre-orders go live.
Fittingly for a third quarter, there will also be another third instalment, namely Sanguine Hum’s Buttered Cat saga closer (?) ‘Now We Have Power’. I have been enjoying this album since December of last year and I was seriously worried that it would not get a release, as it is, well, a bit too progressive to fit in that rather conservative genre they call prog. Very fragile. Very beautiful. And complex.
But lets continue that discussion next quarter!