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.

Randolph’s Leap

I only heard about this band about a week ago as it was in the Blog Sound of 2013 which is good in a way, as I suppose that’s what it’s there for (even though there’s been some oo-ing and err-ing about the list itself seeing as it’s so similar to the Beeb’s list).

Right, back to the point.. Randolph’s Leap have released the Hermit EP in October and before that the album As Fast As A Man in September. However I’ve not yet had a chance to listen to the album but the EP is just great. That means this isn’t so much a review as just a, “I’m now aware of them, I think they’re really good, you should listen to them”. That’s if you haven’t already heard of them, which you most probably have if you’re reading this.

I find I get dragged into a lot of ‘moody’ music more and more and I really do want to get away from that but I find that all the best music out there isn’t that cheery unfortunately. This band however do make me smile, with their jaunty tunes and animated melodies. I’m definitely going to be taking the time to have a listen to their album as soon as I can.

They can be found on bandcamp here.