Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011 - a musical autobiography

The year has been over for two weeks and I'm finally getting around to compiling this list. It is not a best-of. These are the new releases from 2011 which were high points in the sonic landscape of my year. (All are linked to a sound source.) Here's to an equally brilliant year of music in 2012.

Adele - 'Rolling in the deep'
Olafur Arnalds - 'Fyrsta'
Austra - 'The choke'
Blood Orange - 'Dinner'
Blouse - 'Into black'
Burning Hearts - 'Into the wilderness'
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (album)
Charli XCX - 'Stay away'
Cut Off Your Hands - 'Hollowed out'
Darkness Falls - 'The void'
Death Cab For Cutie - 'You are a tourist'
Beth Ditto - 'I wrote the book'
Esben & The Witch - 'Hexagons II (the flight)'
Escort - 'Makeover'
Exploding Boy - 'Torn'
Foster The People - 'Pumped up kicks'
Friends - 'Friend crush'
Girl In A Coma - 'Smart'
High Places - 'Year off'
Holy Ghost! - 'Do it again'
Horrors - 'You said'
I Break Horses - 'Load your eyes (Star Slinger remix)'
I Was Totally Destroying It - 'Fight / flight'
Ice Choir - 'Two rings'
Jessica 6 - 'White horse'
Joy Formidable - 'I don't want to see you like this'
Kindest Lines - 'Destructive paths to live happily'
Kitten - 'Chinatown'
Letting Up Despite Great Faults - 'Teenage tide'
Lykke Li - 'I follow rivers'
Low - 'Especially me'
M83 - 'Midnight city'
Memory Tapes - 'Wait in the dark'
Mirrors - 'Fear of drowning'
Miserylab - 'People'
Model Worker - 'Automatic love'
New Division - 'Opium'
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - 'Heart in your heartbreak'
Parallels - 'Salome'
RAC feat Liz Anjos - '1979'
Rainbow Arabia - 'Without you'
Raveonettes - 'War in heaven'
She Wants Revenge - 'Take the world'
Soft Kill - 'Sea of doubt'
Music - 'Ghost hands'
Twin Shadow - 'Changes'
Washed Out - 'Call it off'
White Lies - 'Bigger than us'
Xylos - 'X-ray'
Young Galaxy - 'Cover your tracks'
Zola Jesus - 'Shivers'