Where are all the lists?

It is list season, yet there don’t seem to be any lists here on Acquired Taste. I am well aware of this. So, what am I doing? The problem is that I dropped out of the blogging game for the majority of this year and have only really started getting back into it in the last couple of weeks. Now I’m really enjoying it (I think this may partly be due to the fact that it’s distracting me from doing all the other work that NEEDS to be done) and am planning to keep it going for as long as possible.

The reason I dropped out of doing it was because I used to do two weekly supplements (I can’t think of what else to call them), the Saturday Selection and my list of gigs in London for each week. Unfortunately after a while these just became a bit of a chore. Now I know I could have just stopped doing them, but I went on holiday for a couple of weeks and one thing led to another and I ended up just forgetting about it.

So this all means that I haven’t been paying much attention to music up until recently when I restarted it. For this reason I don’t feel that I can really comment broadly on what’s happened in the music world this year. Therefore my plan is to give you a couple of my favourite albums and singles/EPs of the past fortnight (or stuff that I’ve been picked up on throughout the year).

In no particular order…

Singles / EPs

Heart Heart – Withered Hand

I heard this a long time ago (back in April I think) but it’s stuck with me through the year. I also managed to see a gig by Withered Hand recently in London where he was supporting Meursault and having never heard him speak before was a tad shocked. I soon recovered because the music, of course, is fantastic (and I’m not saying his speaking voice isn’t).

 

Hermit EP – Randolph’s Leap

This one I only found out about due to the Blog Sound of 2013 and I’ve already ranted about them a bit.

 

The Mother We Share – Chvrches

Exactly the same as the reason for Randolph’s Leap. *

Albums

Something for the Weakened – Meursault

This is probably tied with ∆’s An Awesome Wave for my favourite album of the year. The sound has just filled out so much since their earlier music although I still miss the days of Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues. Ah to reminisce.

 

Gossamer – Passion Pit

I’ve only heard this in the past couple of weeks but the music is so upbeat that I enjoy listening to it when I’m travelling a lot of the time. This may however wear out but for now it’s made a top spot.

 

An Awesome Wave – ∆

I may be a bit biased on this one so you can read about it there.

 

And there we have it, my lists for this year. I suppose about this time next week I’ll be doing the New Year’s playlist. Watch this space.

*I almost put ditto here but thought better of it.

∆ (alt-j) are my favourite shape…

The phenomenon that is ∆ (Alt-J). I remember seeing them on the 6th of October in 2011 for their first gig in London at The Victoria in Dalston which was promoting their first single (Bloodflood and Tessellate), which was released 4 days later. Just over a year on and they’ve won the Mercury Prize. I’m not going to go into explaining their name because hopefully everyone gets it by now (maybe I think their name’s a little pretentious but hey, it worked!).

I have the good fortune that one of my best friends is the bassist Gwil Sainsbury’s brother (the short one on the right). I can remember hearing about them (in their previous incarnations) every week, and they were pretty damn good back then, although I never once imagined they’d get this far so quickly. From then on it seems they’ve only got better. But how far can they go and what’s next?

Well they’ve been confirmed as headliners for the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds festival next year as well as doing a tour of North America in spring, so they’ve got a lot on the horizon. Let’s hope they announce a new tour (for a new album perhaps?) sometime next year in the UK because I am dying to see them again.

As I sit here listening to their album An Awesome Wave for the umpteenth time I can’t help but thinking (yet again) how great the album is. I think it’s just that the music is so original it makes it incredibly easy to listen to over and over again. My favourite song is Bloodflood, mainly due to the last 30 seconds or so where everything comes in at once and you’re confronted with a big wall of sound. I probably don’t need to tell you how great they are though as they’ve been so widely covered, but I just wanted to let you know they get my nod of approval. So yes, you have permission to go crazy about them.