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2011: Some Hidden Gems

So, another year done - and my first on the site complete. I've developed a small rep on the site for reviewing older stuff, and whilst I love the retro and will always continue to cover it, i'd like to drag my arse into the 21st century and move onto much more fresh music in 2012. So that's my New Years' resolution - review and listen to new shit; simple and fun, eh? However, I did manage to squeeze a few new titles into my listening schedule these past 12 months and this list gives a few corking albums that I discovered and seemed to have slipped under Sputnik's radar - check 'em before the end of the year!
1Class Actress

My album of the year; no jokes. As I said, I've neglected a fair amount of rated new material this year so it could've been different, but I just LOVE this album regardless. A perfect mix of icy retro synth filtered through a super cool, modern indie ideal. If you ignore everything else on this list, at least check this one out and raise the profile of this wonderful new artist.
2Young Galaxy

One from way back in Feb of this fair year, this Canadian outfit transformed form a fairly uncompelling indie rock sound into a sleek, poetic form of modern electro pop. Gorgeous and criminally underexposed.
3Cold Cave
Cherish The Light Years

Perhaps a controversial choice as moody cold wavers, Cold Cave, released a sparkling debut in 2009 and followed it up with this very divisive second effort. For some it was a disappointing move away from their original gothic synthpop slant, but for others (myself included) the change was thrilling, even if they did lose a little face. Some wonderfully New Order-esque, Cure and Depeche Mode absorbing electro rock. Marmite-y but worth a try for that very reason.
4Shimmering Stars
Violent Hearts

Reverb drenched indie pop with simple, but resonating emotion. A real grower with mounds of potential; tracks like 'I'm Gonna Try' have become a compulsive listen for this user.
5The Soft Moon
Total Decay EP

Black as the abyss post-punk revailist stuff. A wonderful if sadly short EP; if the future of Soft Moon is as tantalisingly dark as this piece then it's brighter than one could imagine.
6The Strange Boys
Live Music

I haven't spun this one as much as the rest but not for lack of quality on The Strange Boys' behalf. Opening cut 'Me and You' explains it all.
7Veronica Falls
Veronica Falls

My least favourite on the list, Veronica Falls' debut is suprisingly ill covered on this site. Wholly enjoyable, reverb-y indie with some seriously catchy numbers and harmonies between male and female vocals that I, perhaps embarrassingly, chose to describe as "sort of if like the Beach Boys were miserable ghosts".
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