|Asleep's Decade Retrospective Extravaganza|
I was planning on putting in some real nerd hours and writing up a fully ranked 'best of the decade' type thing, before realising that I couldn't be fucked. List is instead an unranked assortment of records from the last decade, accompanied by me rambling about music. Will update as and when.
|1||The Tallest Man on Earth|
The Wild Hunt
Folk (2010) - This and 'Shallow Grave' easily make Kristian one of the best folk artists of all time in my book. Whilst I've not been as keen on his recent output, this certainly wasn't a bad way to start the decade.
Abandon All Life
Hardcore (2013) - I adore all 3 of Nail's full length efforts, but to me this has been their best so far - abrasive and catchy, not leaning too far in either direction
Noise Rock (2016) - This record is huge. Check it.
An Awesome Wave
Indie Rock (2012) - Artsy tosh, but the good kind
Screamo (2016) - Probably my favourite straight-up screamo record released this side of 2010, bashed out by a passionate Spanish trio who deserve all the attention they've been getting (and then some).
|6||The Front Bottoms|
The Front Bottoms
Indie Folk (2011) - Hard to believe that it was only 2011 that these lads came in, took over the indie folk scene, spawned half-a-dozen copycats and pissed-off the rest of the music scene. Regardless, this still slaps.
Death Grips (2016) - Crazy the impact these guys have had over such a short period of time. BP is probably my fave of their varied discog. - unashamedly straightforward and a blast from start to finish.
Hardcore/Mathcore (2015) - A hypnotic wall of noise. Probably gave me tinnitus. Unloved is also a jam.
Math Rock (2014) - One of the records that got me into reviewing in the first place (not that I've done that in a lil bit). Carefree and easy listening math rock - the kind you'd introduce to your parents.
|10||The Dear Hunter|
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
Indie Rock (2011) - Easily the most ambitious and ridiculous project on this list, the Complete Colour Spectrum triumphs about as frequently as it falls flat. It's a gorgeous musical achievement certainly worth remembering, even if it is a bloated mess.
The Hunting Party
Alternative Rock (2014) - It fucking sucked when Chester died. The lads put out some bangers this past decade, topping off their already solid discog and only really losing the plot with 'One More Light'. The Hunting Party would be my top pick of that bunch, bringing back a heavier sound without regressing into the 90s.
Post-Punk (2017) - 'Heel / Heal' through to 'Mother' is easily one of the best 3-song stretches of the decade and 'Brutalism' is easily one of its best records. Shits on 'Joy...' imho.
|13||Iron And Wine|
Folk (2018) - Soundtracks to resting weary feet by the fire. In other news, 'Time After Time' fucking soars and 'Our Endless Numbered Days' turned 15.
AOR/Doom/idk (2015) - Ghost smashed it this decade; Meloria is their pinnacle (not their pit).
American Football (LP3)
Emo (2019) - LP2's seemingly lazy attempt to recreate what made LP1 such a classic fell flat, but LP3's more ambient and (dare I say) mature direction is one I've certainly enjoyed dabbling in.
|16||Kids See Ghosts|
Kids See Ghosts
Hip-Hop (2018) - As much Kanye tires me, the 'Wyoming' series was undoubtedly one of the most exciting musical 'events' in recent memory. 'Kids See Ghosts' and 'DAYTONA' are two absolute gems and worth a return trip.
I Need to Start a Garden
Indie Folk (2018) - Easily the most musically interesting and innovative of the wave of female indie-folkers that exploded in the last 5 years or so, seemingly post-Julien. Sepia-tinged, airy tunes.
All We Got Is Each Other
Folk (2012) - A triumphant statement on death, still as potent today as when it dropped.
The Hands That Thieve
Third-Wave Ska (2013) - If this is the last things these guy do under the Streetlight moniker, I guess it ain't a bad way to go out. Ska mixed with everything and the kitchen sink plus yo mama. It slaps.
The Dusk in Us
Hardcore (2017) - The boys have put out a fair bit of music over the last 10 years, though mostly not by way of new Converge LPs. AWLWLB and this both are both worthy additions to a legendary mountain of riffs. Here's to 10 more years; hopefully we'll get at least 1 new record out of it.
|21||The Story So Far|
Under Soil and Dirt
Pop Punk (2011) - When I first started collecting records, this was the first one on my list. Whilst I've fallen out of favour with a few of my earliest purchases, I still find myself returning to this one. And 'Clairvoyant' was a fucking banger.
Tape Deck Heart
Folk (2013) - This is still easily one of my favourite efforts of the decade, even if Frank has fallen off a bit as of late. A whole host of anthems, mixed in with some slow-burners well worth your while if you have the patience.
Thanks. Sorry. Sure.
Indie Folk (2017) - Speaking of 'The Front Bottoms' clones, enter the best in the business: McCafferty. 17 solid minutes of bitter relief.
To Pimp a Butterfly
Hip-Hop (2015) - Another artist whose absolutely smashed it for the last 10 years. Poetic bangers.
|25||Psychedelic Porn Crumpets|
High Visceral Pt. 1
Psych-Rock (2016) - Up there with King Gizzard as one of the most exciting rock acts of the last decade. Fantastic live act, too.
Indie Folk (2016) - The artist and album that kicked off the female indie folk frenzy, at least on sput. Still holds up.
Indie Rock (2019) - It hasn't really been Max's decade, but I think it's fair to say that he's saved it with Oliver Appropriate. Easy listening, mildly-interesting indie rock with hooks for days.
Hip-Hop (2018) - Mr Shady has had an inconsistent decade and Kamikaze is an inconsistent mess. However, at its best its pretty unmatched in its ability to dizzy and dazzle with its lyrical acrobatics and classic Slim attitude. More like this pls.
Blessed by the Burn
Hardcore (2017) - Southern-fried, sad-boi riffage.
|30||The World Is a Beautiful Place...|
Emo / Indie Rock (2015) - Sensational emo-revival turned indie rock. I actually find myself returning to this more often than the band's earlier, more coveted releases. The polished, softer sound found on Harmlessness is to their benefit.
Hold Me Forever (In memory of my mom)
riffs (2014) - I've not heard much of buckethead's discog. (relatively speaking), but this is my fave of the bunch so far. Lightening fast without skimping out on emotional resonance.
No Drum And Bass in the Jazz Room
Math Rock (2010) - Joy. Pure and unfiltered. Funny how these guys didn't even last a year, releasing one tiny EP that only blew up as a genre classic years later. Hoping to get this on wax one of these days.
|33||Gay For Johnny Depp|
What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You
Hardcore (2011) - Dumb, fun hardcore. The kind you'd most certainly not introduce to your parents.
Hardcore (2016) - Loosely structured meltdowns, catchy as fuck but cutting surprisingly deep.
Grindcore (2016) - Murky and visceral grindcore for the masses.
Carrie and Lowell
Folk (2015) - Another decade defining statement on death and grief. In stripping away all flair and theatrics, Sufjan released one of the defining pillars of modern folk.
Caught in the Strange
Indie Rock (2016) - One of the greatest indie rock records of all time. The immaculate album flow on this is absurd, as is quite how hard the closer hits.
|38||Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno|
Ambient / Neo-Classical (2017) - Such a charming little record that it propelled me into a whole new genre. Just the right blend of tasteful experimentation and tried-and-true formulas.
Pop Punk (2016) - a glorious, anthemic meltdown
Pop Punk / Math Rock (2016) - silly mathy tunes that hold up despite whatever dumb shit Lou did
|41||The Smith Street Band|
No One Gets Lost Anymore
Folk Rock (2011) - Anthemic self-deprecation; the perfect soundtrack to being left behind.
Dubstep (2011) - The t/t on this is easily one of the most entertaining songs of the decade, with bass so phat that it even eclipses yo mama.
|43||Stuck Out Here|
Until We're Each Someone Else
Pop Punk / Americana (2019) - Probably my AOTY. A 'The Menzingers' ripoff it may be, but god the hooks on this thing will melt your face.
|44||Angelo De Augustine|
Swim Inside the Moon
Folk (2017) - A fuzzy, humble, intimate little record that bumbles along absentmindedly without a fuss and (seemingly) without much of an audience. If you need a hug, check this.
Post Hardcore (2015) - 'A Flash Flood of Colour', 'The Mindsweep' and 'The Spark' are Enter Shikari's three best records, despite what others may tell you. Hooks, passion and charm for days.
From the Unforgiving Arms of God
Hardcore (2017) - Here's to hoping that these lads team up again and put out more music, 'cause this EP is huge.
Screamo (2016) - For all its melodrama, clumsy similes and rough edges, 'Like Blood From a Stone' may just be one of the most potent songs of the decade. Keep on keeping on.
Converting Vegetarians II
Psychedelic Electronica (2015) - With some decent headphones and nothing better to do, this record is an absolute trip. Better than the record that it purports to be the sequel of, imho.
Experimental (2016) - Otherworldly. Incredibly tiring if you're not in the mood, but when you find the patience to put this on and give it your full attention it really is something else.
|50||Sun Kil Moon|
Folk (2014) - Yet another colossal landmark folk record with death at its core.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Punk Rock (2014) - One of the best and (arguably) most important rock records of the last decade. Despite missing the band's folk-punk days, even I have to admit that this is some of the best written material the band has ever put out.
|52||Car Seat Headrest|
Teens of Denial
Indie Rock (2016) - "I've got a right to be depressed / I've given every inch I had to fight it" was relatable as anything back in 2016. Now - thankfully - it's not, but 'Teens of Denial' still remains a towering achievement in indie rock in my book, chocked full of epic refrains and charming turns of phrase.
Home, Like NoPlace Is There
Emo (2014) - Since its release, Home has stood pretty much uncontested as my favourite record of all time. While slowly being edged out by other gems as of late (I'm looking at you Kristian), I think this will always be one of the greats to me.
Pop Punk (2013) - The best concept album that the pop punk genre has to offer as far as I'm concerned (primarily because its the only concept album I'm aware of the scene producing). Apocalyptic anthems.
The Snaking Path
Dungeon Synth (2018) - I never listened to dungeon synth before this record and I've not listened to any more since. I should, 'cause this is a beaut; a soundtrack to our own gallant iron-clad knight fumbling his way through the thicket.
Country / Emo / Indie Rock (2016) - Who'da thunk that country and emo would blend with such ease? Well, I say country ... other than Evan's vocal twang and the occasional background banjo, this doesn't smack that much of country, but that's how it was praised in 2016 and it's a first impression which has broadly stuck with me. Whatever label you stick it with, Cardinal still shines with a wonderful worn hue, oozing tentative optimism through carefully crafted stanza and a smattering of restrained refrains.
Blackened Thrash (2016) - Skreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. That is all.
|58||Thank You Scientist|
Stranger Heads Prevail
Prog Rock (2016) - These guys really seem to have a handle on easily-listening, non-wanky prog. Sure, I have my gripes with the vox and the squeaky clean production, but the end product is too fun for me to get too hung up on a couple of flaws that (as I understand it) broadly pervade the genre as a whole anyway. I really need to check 'Maps...' and 'Terraformer'.
Mathcore / Djent (2016) - Looking back, I can't believe how much of this list is from 2016. Not sure whether I was just more engaged with new music back then or whether it was a particularly strong year. Either way, I'm not complaining. This shit slaps. I don't find it quite as mind-boggling as its predecessor or sequel, which is a good thing. The song structures here actually contain a semblance of structure, with the album as a whole maintaining a feel of cohesion rather than slipping into a disjointed melting-pot of odd-ball riffs.
Hardcore / Electronic (2018) - LOUD NOISES.
Folk (2017) - The best 'For Emma...' tribute act out there.
A Crow Looked At Me
Folk (2017) - Yet another landmark folk record with death at its core, and yet unlike any other record I've ever heard. The hardest hitting listen of the decade.
Stranger In The Alps
Indie Folk (2017) - Not my favourite of the new guard of female indie-rockers by any means, but a great release nonetheless, full of lush, warm instrumentation and sweet (albeit clumsy) lyricism.
Sleep Well Beast
Indie Rock (2017) - Songs this slow and sunken tend not to sound so huge, and yet these do. Each track has such a presence, in no small part due to Berninger captivating baritone and rich, understated lyricism. It's hard not to be drawn in.
On the Impossible Past
Pop Punk / Americana (2012) - Probably quite a ways up there on my list of my most played records of all time, 'On the Impossible Past' feels like an old friend. For those overly fixated on their own failures and struggling with modernity, these straight-shooting 4 chord bangers can act a powerful palliate. Just scream along and wait for the sun to rise.
Folk (2011) - In stripping away all the swirling chaos that usually comes with a Streetlight track, what you're left with are some incredibly intimate campfire folk tunes whose lyrics are able to take centre stage. If only Tomas had gone beyond companion pieces and launched completely into his solo project; I have a feeling something very special would have come of it.
Math Rock (2012) - Math rock rarely riffs like this. Noodley headbangers.
We Stand to Fight
Heavy Metal (2013) - Classic old school heavy metal, remastered and rereleased in a stunning little EP.
Hardcore (2018) - Take what Frontierer are doing, add in some variety and pacing and you get 'Annihilated'. Don't get things twisted; I think I actually prefer the uncompromising mess that is Frontierer. However, the taste and restraint (and I mean 'restraint' in the loosest sense of the word) that Sectioned bring to a usually directionless genre gives me the impression that they could go far.
Math Rock / Emo (2016) - Gorgeous, easy-going math rock jams; non-frenetic and comforting. Think 'Clever Girl' with lyrics and more than 4 songs.
|71||The Tiger Lillies|
Cold Night in Soho
Circus Rock (2017) - Remember when Doof had a near meltdown over these guys? Tongue and cheek whilst deadly serious, the Lillies know a thing or two about crafting atmosphere and getting in your noodle. 'Lets Drink' still gives me chills.
The Dream Is Over
Pop Punk (2016) - I've not managed to really get into 'Morbid Things' yet, and perhaps it won't be my bag. This, however, contains the song 'Sleep in the Heat', which automatically rockets it to one of the best records in the history of the universe. Tense, restless bangers.
A Humdrum Star
Nu-Jazz (2018) - da musik go 'thumpaty thump' and 'cha cha cha' and 'ts ts ts, ts ts ts' and is good and gives me happiness. Very percussive, very cohesive and very tasteful.
|74||Gang of Youths|
Go Farther in Lightness
Indie Rock (2017) - This easy-listening slow-burner captivated me in 2017, with its rampant positivity and gorgeous instrumentation. It doesn't feature as heavily in my rotation these days, but I do still check in with it now and then.
|75||Flotation Toy Warning|
The Machine That Made Us
Indie Rock (2017) - Sepia-tinged indie rock that jerks and shudders and splutters and soars.
Rock (2014) - Good fun. Nothing more, nothing less. And that's okay.
Electronic metal operatic thing (2017) - I've heard nothing like this before or since, which isn't enough to earn it a place as one of the best of the decade, but it certainly goes a long way.
|78||Pkew Pkew Pkew|
Pkew Pkew Pkew
Pop Punk (2016) - Old school pop punk vibes on this one, with everything from the pizza and skateboard lyricism to the wafer-thin production. Tis good.
|79||King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard|
Psych Rock (2016) - tisgoodtis
Hours Were the Birds
Folk (2014) - I had no idea Andrianne was the lead singer of Big Thief, nor did I know she released a second album. I need to check both of those things, 'cause this is some lovely tender folk goodness right here.
|81||Sons Of Granville|
Sons Of Granville
Folk (2011) - DIY folky goodness that's basically gone unnoticed for the last 10 years and really shouldn't have. It's not innovative in any sense of the word, but it is beautiful.
i clung to you hoping we'd both drown
Emo (2011) - I have not listened to this is a long time, but my now-largely-useless-ancient ratings indicate that this is a good album and so I must put it upon this pedestal. Very oddball, very moving, very emo.
|83||While She Sleeps|
This Is the Six
Metalcore (2012) - One of Sheffield's countless prolific metal titans. This is the Six shows the lads at their least anthemic and most raw (albeit still not that raw). Slaps for days and reeks of sincerity.
|84||Run the Jewels|
Run the Jewels 2
Rap (2014) - Not jammed this in a lil bit and I'm not convinced that I enjoyed it all that much the last time I did. However, RTJ are somewhat of a gateway drug; I still listen to rap in no small part because of this record, and that's something.
Dust and Disquiet
Post Rock (2015) - The distinct lack of post rock on this list so far is probably a good indication of how the genre has faired in recent years, but Dust and Disquiet is the exception that proves the rule. Delicate, engagingly-paced and payoff-heavy - balanced, as all things should be.
|86||The Wonder Years|
The Greatest Generation
Pop Punk (2013) - Quotable lyric after quotable lyric after quotable lyric after quotable lyric. A pop punk monolith.
|87||Captain, We're Sinking|
The Future Is Cancelled
Pop Punk (2013) - Quotable lyric after quotable lyric after quotable lyric after quotable lyric. A pop punk monolith. 
Rap (2012) - If RTJ reaffirmed my interest in the genre, R.A.P Music made sure that it was there to stay.
Melodic Black/Death Metal (2016) - I don't find that I enjoy or listen to much "proper" modern metal, but this is pretty cool. Wonderfully melodic and riveting and rousing.
Folk Punk / Indie Rock (2011) - The record that made AJJ more than just a folk punk band. I mean, I much prefer the bands earlier stylings, but I have to admit the extra elements that the guys brought to their sound on Knife Man really do suit Sean's absolutely off the wall lyricism and awkward honestly.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Indie Folk (2011) - It took Justin's foray into a continually more touched up and dolled up sound for me to finally come around to his s/t. A 'For Emma...' it is not, but it is still a wonderful listen.
Indie Folk (2011) - The only record of Laura's intimidating discography that I've actually gotten around to listening to. She deserves more of my attention.
I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Post Rock (2011) - Post rock without post-rockian song structures and (so it turns out) its usual shortcomings. Straight to the point and oh so pretty.
Emo (2012) - Frenetic and hyper and fidgety and unstable and joyous. A nervous breakdown with a smile.
Metrics of Affection
Indie Rock (2013) - At its best, Metrics of Affection is the sweetest, most endearing record I've ever come across. At its worst, it's a steaming pile of cheese. Whether Bombadil's soppy tales of love and loss land depends very much so on the listener's mood. However, when they get you they really do get you.
Kitchen Sink Folk (2014) - This sounds like everything and nothing and I love it.
Hardcore (2014) - Frank at his most fierce and fun. Better than A Million Dead imho.
|98||Alpha Male Tea Party|
Math Rock (2014) - Riffs.
We Are Not Your Kind
Nu-Metal (2019) - One of my childhood favourites actually releases a record to moderate critical acclaim for once? Cool.
Post Rock (2016) - A charming little sput project that warrants all the love in the world and then some. Pls check.