|Nucflash's Favorites From 2012|
These are the albums that spoke to me the most this year. All in all, I think it's safe to say that this was a great year for underground music. If you have any recommendations then feel free to enlighten me, I'm all for new discoveries. Cheers sputnik.
In dreams and Time
Psalms for the Dead
|47|| ||Woods of Ypres |
Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light
|46|| ||The Tallest Man on Earth|
There's No Leaving Now
No Absolutes in Human suffering
Boys & Girls
Rize of the Fenix
|35|| ||Robert Cray|
Nothin' But Love
|34|| ||Alcest |
Les Voyages De L Ame
|33||Hour of 13|
Sorrow And Extinction
Ode to Sunshine
|28|| ||Anaal Nathrakh |
|26|| ||Wild Nothing |
|23||Gary Clark Jr|
Blak and Blu
|20||The Avett Brothers|
Open Your Heart
|14||The Mountain Goats|
Beg Upon the Light
All We Love We Leave Behind
Koi No Yokan
Leathers, Gauze, Rosemary
The instant gratification of 'Swerve City', the doomy outro in 'Gauze', Chino's soaring vocals during the chorus of Rosemary.
Dream Song, Bigger than Love, Duncan, Where have you gone
When I realized Ben's solo album was better than the last two Death Cab releases, the repetitious beauty of 'Bigger than Love', the interesting horns played on 'Something's rattling (cowpoke)'
|8|| ||First Aid Kit|
The Lion's Roar
The Lion?s Roar, Blue, King of the World
The soaring chorus in the title track, the optimistic turn in 'Blue', when Conor Oberst takes a break from snorting cocaine to make an appropriate appearance on the closing song.
|7||High on Fire|
De Vermis Mysteriis
Serums of Liao, Madness of an Architect, Romulus and Remus
When the pounding introduction to the album set the tone for the ensuing assault, the slow, gut-wrenching riffs on 'Madness of an Architect', the continuous guitar solo in 'samsara' that showed Matt Pike's love of blues and his virtuosity.
|6||Dinosaur Jr. |
I Bet on Sky
Watch the Corners, Rude, See it on your side
The dark groove in 'Watch the Corners', the pure energy in 'Rude', J Mascis' guitar work throughout the album, especially the closing guitar solo on the album.
BU2B, Clockwork Angels, The Garden
At 1:34 in the first song when Geddy sings, "I can't stop thinking big" during the laid back chorus, it made me realize just how serious this classic rock band is about creating relevant music today, when the heaviness of BU2B put the 80's keyboard era out of my mind completely, hearing the acoustic driven 'Garden' at the end of the album; what a perfect closer.
Civil Disobedience for Losers
Red Action, Starcraft, Centauri Teenage Riot
The high pitched shouts in 'Red Action' and 'Starcraft', the transition from slow/groovy riffs to up-temp shuffled Goatsnake-esque grooving on 'Starcraft', the subtle harmony in 'The Jerk'.
Moments on this album sound eerily similar to Clutch, Queens of the Stone Age, and even Goatsnake, but I don't care. Brandyn Aikins and Daniel Allen have created something that makes me want to rock the fuck out.
Kicking, Reverse Inverted, Roaming
The guitar riffs/soloing on 'Walk it Off' showcased Torche's newest addition, the instant MELVINS comparisons that came to light in 'In Pieces', the laid back/chaotic/fun/atmospheric attitude of the album.
The Nights of Wine and Roses, For the Love of Ivy, The House that Heaven Built
Hearing fireworks at the beginning of the album instantly put me in a good mood (my birthday is on the 4th of July so it brings out fun memories), the group/sing along vocals on every track; particularly on 'The House that Heaven Built', picturing this album performed live gave me chills.
The overall joy and optimism on this album cannot be overstated, while the perfect combination of rowdy rock and roll mixed with pop make for an easy listen.
*Note to runners out there: Listen to this while running and you?ll enter the 'runner's high' by the end of the first song.
Shake and Shift, Blue, Drown
The feeling I got when Mlny Parsonz started singing five seconds into the album (I was hooked), when 'Blue' was over I wanted more (and at 9:31 it's the longest track on the album but it's that good), the overall beauty and power of Mlny Parsonz's voice in every single song (accompanied by her husband, Josh Weaver's fantastic guitar work) put me in a trance.
This was my favorite album of 2012 by a landslide.