2005 was a pretty good year for music, but you had to dig for it. My maximal list, in alphabetical order:
- A Hawk And A Hacksaw â€” Darkness At Noon
- Animal Collective â€” Feels
- Beck â€” Guero/Guerolito
- Bright Eyes â€” Digital Ash In a Digital Urn/I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
- Caribou â€” Marino Audio: yes, it’s a promo. A combination of the audio tracks from the Marino DVD release and the 2005 tour CD, I much prefer it to The Milk of Human Kindness.
- The Decemberists â€” Picaresque: I know all the hip kids had it as MP3s last year.
- Dressy Bessy â€” Electrified
- The Fruit Bats â€” Spelled in Bones: folk, with just the right tinge of bubblegum
- Malcolm Middleton â€” Into The Woods: anyone who can sing about the existential possibilities of Falkirk High station, and also about love & chips, is deep into the Scottish psyche.
- Of Montreal â€” The Sunlandic Twins
- Kate Rusby â€” The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly
- Sigur RÃ³s â€” Takk â€¦: and yet I still don’t know what they’re singing about.
- Sufjan Stevens â€” Illinois
- Teenage Fanclub â€” ManMade
- Vashti Bunyan â€” Lookaftering: don’t dismiss this as merely fey hippy nonsense; it’s beautiful fey hippy nonsense.
We like them, they like us:
- Dan Jones â€” Get Sounds Now: Catherine’s elementary school friend rocks out
- Lazerlove5 â€” Flicker Mask: fine funkiness from a fellow feg.
Excellent compilations from 2005:
- Ivor Cutler â€” An Elpee and Two Epees
- Charlie Poole & The Roots of Country Music â€” You Ain’t Talking to Me
Some excellent tracks, but not entirely memorable as albums:
- Devendra Banhart â€” Cripple Crow: I’m a Child is crazed genius, but lose the Spanish lounge music, eh?
- Eels â€” Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
- Jennifer Gentle â€” Valende: I Do Dream You is the perfect garage punk song.
- John Parish â€” Once Upon a Little Time
- Sleater-Kinney â€” The Woods
- Wolf Parade â€” Apologies to the Queen Mary: what was with the lumpen first few tracks?
Next year, look out for The Lollipop People’s We Need a New F-Word. I like their offensive avant-cabaret noise more than I should.