I am really glad I picked up the new Chvrches album Every Open Eye this past weekend. I have been listening to it every day. The album is one of the best synthpop albums I have heard this year along with The Looking Glass Society by Ashbury Heights, and Dekadenz by Frozen Plasma.
I really like the '80s vibe I heard on Every Open Eye something I didn't hear on the band's previous album The Bones Of What You Believe. The entire album is infectious and full of energy. My favorite tracks: "Keep You On My Side", "Empty Threat" and "Bow Down". No dreaded sophomore jinx on Every Open Eye here. If you can find it, I definitely recommend buying the version with the bonus tracks "Get Away", "Follow You", and "Bow Down".
Today I stopped by the Electric Fetus to pick up the new Chvrches album Every Open Eye, I was motivated to do so by the free pass for priority signing line access at the store next month when the band visits for a in store meeting session. I am so glad I bought the album. The band did not disappoint me with their second full length album. Definitely no sophomore slump here with its retro new wave sound and super catchy pop hooks. This album is going to give The Looking Glass Society by Ashbury Heights a run for its money as my top favorite album of 2015.
Take Cair Paramour wasn't a bad album per say but the vocalist at the time really didn't do much for me. The album had some solid songs but the chemistry between Kari and Anders was lacking for sure. A few years later, Ashbury Heights returns with a new singer Tea F. Thime and with top notch songs and production.
After It All by Delta Rae is one of those albums that required a few listens to before I really got into the music. A couple of the tracks can be bombastic and overwhelming to this listener but overall a great follow up album to their first album Carry the Fire which I adore.
I discovered SPC ECO earlier this summer via Facebook when I discovered that former Curve guitarist Dean Garcia was in this project with his wife. After checking out their latest album Dark Matter, I was hooked. People really need to check out this band. Their music is simply too good to ignore.
Invocation Array is side project from Kaia Young (The Luna Sequence, one of my favorite electropunk acts in the past 2-3 years). The music sounds like Kaia's main project The Luna Sequence but with vocals. Killer music.
I loved Joy when she was in the folk duo The Civil Wars and was disappointed when they disbanded (but not surprised given the amount of tension between the two members). Her first solo album post-Civil Wars came to me as a surprise because I was expecting the music to sound more like her old band than what I actually heard on Venus which has more of an electropop than folk sound.
Resonance is an album that I have been really wanting to hear for some time now. I really like the classical reinterprations of classic VNV Nation songs.
I am a new fan to Purity Ring. Another Eternity is my first Purity Ring album that I have bought. I first listened to it in its entirety when either Pitchfork or NPR had it available to stream in its entirety. I was immediately hooked. They are fantastic live too.
Without a doubt Endless Forms Most Beautiful is Nightwish's best album since Tarja's departure. Floor Jansen has proven to be a worthy successor to fill the huge shoes Tarja left.
Of all the futurepop albums I have heard this year, Dekadenz is my personal favorite. The album is flawless in my personal opinions. There isn't a single song on the album I skip.
Ever since my trip to the Electric Fetus two weekends ago, I have been listening to The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack a lot. I almost forgot just how good the film score by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. I really like the contrast in the sounds between Trevor and Randy's work. Both composers do a marvelous job in giving the film emotional depth.
A couple of weeks ago I got the debut solo album by ex Civil Wars member Joy Williams from the library. I have to admit it took a couple of listens for the album to grow on me because I had different expectations of the album. It did not take very long for Venus to gel with me and I found myself wanting to own a copy of the album. I eventually ended up buying my own copy of Venus for my CD collection.
I must confess I was expecting an album something in the vein of Barton Hallow (The Civil Wars' first album) but that was not the case here. I was pleasantly surprised by the album's diverse sounds which ranges from gospel to electropop. Having just read an interview Joy did back in June with the New York Times, I totally get why she chose to make an album with an array of diverse influences. She did not want to be pigeon-holed to one particular sound (i.e the folksy sounds of her former band). You can hear "Woman (Oh Mama)" has this funky rhythmn with Joy practically shouting out lyrics. It is a quirky, energetic track and totally different from what I am used to hearing from Joy. My favorite moments comes when Joy turns things down a few notches like "What A Good Woman Does", "You Loved Me", and "Welcome Home". I love the intimate vibe those songs possesses.
The album is short yet sweet. The lyrics are deeply personal, a reflection of her time with The Civil Wars. The music nothing short of beautiful. Venus is this week's pick for Album Of The Week.
I forgot where I heard of the duo Ibeyi featuring twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, most likely on one of the many social media sites I am signed on to. Like FKA Twigs (who happens to be on the same label they are signed to), Ibeyi is one of a handful of artists out there I consider to be truly original. Their music is a mix of electronica, r and b, and Cuban. I find these sisters (and FKA Twigs) extremely refreshing in this day and age of Rhianna and Miley Cyrus.
One of my favorite albums to unwind to.
I adore Rosanne Cash. She is one of my favorite singer-songwriters from the early '90s (next to Mary Chapin-Carpenter). Her music is so deeply personal especially on tracks like "Seventh Wheel" and "Sleeping in Paris". Rosanne has a great voice as well. I find her voice very comforting to listen to.
My favorite futurepop of 2015. I like the new Neuroticfish and Angels and Agony cds but the new Frozen Plasma album Dekadenz blows those two albums out of the water. All of the songs on the album are ridiculously melodic. This is also definitely one of the best releases of 2015.
For some odd reason I have missed having this album in my CD collection so this past week I stopped by the Electric Fetus and found a used copy of this album. Hau Ruck is the last KMFDM album that I honestly like. After this album, I started finding their music repetitive and eventually moved on to other bands. Although I prefer their albums from their days on Wax Tracks Records, Hau Ruck is the one album from their post-Wax Tracks days that really resonates with me both lyrically and musically.
When I was at the record store this past week, I couldn't resist and bought the remastered copy of Empire by Queensryche. It was one of my favorite albums from my metalhead days in high school. Great album.
I have owned and sold this album so many times, it is ridiculous. No more. I have missed listening to my favorite Cocteau Twins album. This is the last time I am buying a copy. The album may be 31 years old but the music is timeless. Today's music has nothing on Treasure or The Cocteau Twins. Music like this never gets old nor loses its beauty.
My current favorite album right now. I loved Joy when she was in The Civil Wars. Venus is her debut solo album. The heavy trip hop influences in the music came off as a pleasant surprise to me. I didn't expect to hear some electronica music in her music. Still can hear some of her old band in songs like "You Loved Me" and "Welcome Home".
A day late for my weekly playlist but to be fair I got back into town late last night. There is some really kickass tracks on this week's playlist which includes tracks by Project Pitchfork, CHROM, FLA, I:Scintilla, VNV Nation, and Necessary Response (aka Aesthetic Perfection).
Since I am going out of town this weekend tomorrow and I am leaving at 6:30 am, I realized I did not have much time for my end of the week list series. For this week, I thought I would share my favorite EBM albums released in 2002. Enjoy!