Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rough Trade's Top 100 for 2007



If you imagine a continuum from the Carter family to Gillian Welch and ending up near Joanna Newsom, then this album falls between all these: rural rather than country, but not rednecked; ancient and modern.. Still playing it now after having it for a year, and you can't say more than that.


PATRICK WATSON -CLOSE TO PARADISE - This record spans experimental noise, cabaret guitar / piano pop, stripped down gospel, new orleans jazz, walls of noise and Beatles-like melodies.with a voice that sounds like the lovechild of Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone and instrumentation like a Balkans funeral waltz through Gotham City - as played by a 36 piece chamber orchestra it heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

PANDA BEAR - PERSONPITCH - A firm favourite in both Rough Trade Shops, that crosses all musical boundaries, when asked what this record sounds like Chris replied simple. take The Beatles 'White Album' and The Beach boys 'Pet Sounds' and it would sound like this...with owls.

WEST COAST - STUDIO - Two Scandinavians took elements of disco, krautrock , madchester, Lindstrom and The Cure and threw them back wrapped in a huge cosmic psychedelic masterpiece of a record. No.we didn't think it would work either.but it does. in spades.

MIRACLE FORTRESS - FIVE ROSES - The debutalbum from Miracle Fortress is an album that you will fall in love with instantly. If Arcade Fire's Win Butler didn't have the weight of the world on his shoulders, loved The Beach Boys, sang beautiful harmonies and let Brian Eno produce, he might be capable of something as graceful and uplifting as Miracle Fortress's debut.

BURIAL - UNTRUE - Burialreturns with 'Untrue', a new record of weird soul music, which lovingly processes spectral female voices into vaporised r&b. It continues with the debut's crackle-drenched yearning and bustling syncopations, haunted by the ghosts of rave, but also reveals a new upbeat energy. Huge crossover potential here ala Portishead or Massive Attack. A record to truely immerse yourself in.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM -SOUND OF SILVER - After the dancefloor destruction of the first LCD set, James Murphy returns with Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Carl Craig all exploding out of these NYC built grooves, features some of his finest songwriting and production yet.

WOODEN SHJIPS -WOODEN SHJIPS - Weed may have had something to do with the making of this record. juggernaut riffs, magic, smoke, psychedelia, repetition, volume and warmth, with a sound that evokes suicide, Loop, Spacemen 3, Guru Guru, The Velvet Underground and The Doors. Astonishing.

BATTLES - MIRRORED -This band features ex members of Don Cab and Helmet and offer post rock electronics from the future for you to enjoy now. These guys are musical mathematicians. You have never heard anything so complicated be so soulful and so much fun.

M.I.A - KALA - Who eversaid 'difficult second album' didn't bank on Mia's skills. Sliced up cuts of world funk all pressed into perfect pop music. From club bangers to Bollywood disco jams it's all here. Perfect.

Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
Holy Fuck - LP
New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
Mountain Of One - Collected Works
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Tap Tap - Lanzafame
Supermayer - Save The World
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Mark Ronson - Version
Grinderman - Grinderman
Good Shoes - Think Before You Speak
Justice - Cross
Elvis Perkins - Ash Wednesday
Alberta Cross - The Thief And The Heartbreaker
White Stripes - Icky Thump
Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
Candy Payne - I Wish I Could Have Loved You More
Plastic Operator - Different Places
The Horrors - Strange House
Jacob Golden - Revenge Songs
Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Manhattan Love Suicides - Manhattan Love Suicides
Om - Pilgrimage
Bonde Do Role - With Lasers
Concretes - Hey Trouble
Two Lone Swordsmen - Wrong Meeting 2
Von Sudenfed - Tromatic Reflections
Jeffery Lewis - 12 Crass Songs
Eugene Mcguiness - The Early Learnings Of Eugene Mcguinness
Young Republic - 12 Tales From Winter City
Voice Of Seven Woods - Voice Of Seven Woods
Bjork - Volta
Tunng - Good Arrows
Sharon Jones - 100 Days 100 Nights
Super Furry - Animals Hey Venus
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Kevin Ayers - The Unfairground
King Creosote - Bombshell
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Thurston Moore - Trees Outside The Academy
Jim White - Transnormal Skiperoo
Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall It's The Way You Land
Chromatics - Night Drive
Iron And Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
Liars - Liars
No Age - Weirdo Rippers
Pissed Jeans - Hope For Men
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
Interpol - Our Love To Admire
Cocorosie - The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
Lucky Soul - The Great Unwanted
Feist - The Reminder
Yacht - Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real
Pinch - Underwater Dancehall
Jack Penate - Matinee
Matthew Dear - Asa Breed
Bodies Of Water - Eyes Will Pop And Ears Will Blink
The Good The Bad The Queen - The Good The Bad The Queen
Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
Dinosaur Jr - Beyond
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
Babyshambles - Shotters Nation
Qui - Love's Miracle
Go Team - Proof Of Youth
Arthur And Yu - In Camera
Ghostface Killah - The Big Doe Rehab
Blonde Redhead - 23
Ruarri Joseph - Tales Of Grime And Grit
Keren Ann - Keren Ann
Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
1990's - Cookies
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
Seabear - The Ghost That Carried Us Away
Valgeir Sigurdsson - Ekvilibrium
Sigur Ros - Hvarf - Heim
Bird And The Bee - Bird And The Bee
Blanche - Little Amber Bottles
Maps - We Can Create
Dizzee Rascal - Maths And English
Robert Plant And Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Glass Candy - Beatbox
Jaymay - Autumn Fallin'
St Vincent - Marry Me
Simian Mobile Disco - Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Tinariwen - Aman Iman : Water Is Life

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