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9 of the best – sounds of twenty-tens

It keeps coming… the end of a decade of sound. It would seem that 2014 was peak twenty-tens to these ears. I give you the best of the decade in chronological order:

Beach House – Walk In The Park (2010)

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)

Frank Ocean – Pyramids (2012)

Liam Hayes – Rock & Roll (2013)

Spoon – Do You (2014)

Future Islands – Seasons (2014)

The War On Drugs – Eyes To The Wind (2014)

Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (2016)

Sharon Van Etten ‎- Seventeen (2019)


Honourable mentions also go to: A Great Big Pile Of Leaves for ‘We Don’t Need Our Heads‘ (2010); Lana Del Rey for ‘Video Games‘ (2011); Chance The Rapper for ‘Everything’s Good‘ (2013); Daft Punk for ‘Get Lucky‘ (2013); Floating Points for ‘Silhouettes‘ (2015); Kurt Vile for ‘Pretty Pimpin‘ (2015); Julia Holter for ‘Feel You‘ (2015); The Avalanches for ‘Because I’m Me‘ (2016); Kamasi Washington for ‘Truth (2017); Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for ‘Mainland‘ (2017); King Krule for ‘Dum Surfer‘ (2017); Let’s Eat Grandma for ‘Donnie Darko‘ (2018); Father John Misty for ‘Just Dumb Enough to Try‘ (2018); Snail Mail for ‘Pristine‘ (2018); Weyes Blood for ‘Everyday‘ (2019); and Fontaines D.C. for ‘Roy’s Tune‘ (2019)

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Beach House – Leviathon (2015)


Easter’s over. Oh no. In 2015, Beach House released Depression Cherry. The album opens with the nostalgic ‘Leviathon’. For me, the yearning was all about how much it reminded me of the ethereal Teen Dream five years earlier. Have a great week.

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Beach House – Drunk in L.A. (2018)


“I had a good run playing horses in my mind/On a hillside I remember/I am loving losing life.” Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand and Alex Kristian Scally know how to create an atmosphere. Church organs, grinding guitars and cinematic synths feature large on this standout song from this year’s album release, 7. ‘Drunk in L.A.’ Have a great weekend.

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Beach House – Space Song (2015)


‘Space Song’ is a wonderful song on a good album. Beach House released their fifth studio album Depression Cherry in 2015. The album returned to the simple dream pop that had made their 2010 meisterwerk Teen Dream so definitive.

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Alvvays – Dreams Tonite (2017)


Toronto-based indie pop band Alvvays released their sophomore album Antisocialites this year. The second track is ‘Dreams Tonite’ with its dreamy 1980s pop sound. Think Chromatics. Think Beach House. Think Cocteau Twins.

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Beach House – Walk In The Park (2010)


Beach House 2010

I think I was still buying CDs in 2010. My sepia-toned memories of opening the understated and zebra-covered disc Teen Dream are all magical. I think it’s the third time that one of its tracks has featured on this blog and I save the best for last. Seek out the crescendos at the end of ‘Walk In The Park’, with their soft cymbals, Alex Scally’s treated guitar and Victoria Legrand dreamy vocals. The album contains their best work and, if it weren’t for a certain Kanye West release, would have been vying with Arcade Fire for the best release of 2010.

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Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (2009)


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I am drawn by tunes more than lyrics. For example, I have always thought that Grizzly Bear’s upbeat “Two Weeks” is a song about holiday: “Save up all the days/A routine malaise”. But, the first single from the band’s third album, Veckatimest, is in fact about the slow breakdown of a relationship. The song features Beach House’s Victoria Legrand on backing vocals; that should have been a clue. I’ll stick with my two weeks’ vacation. Have a great week.

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Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (2009)


Grizzly Bear 2009

Grizzly Bear had come a long way since their debut album Yellow House was released in 2006. 2009’s Veckatimest was also a much more accessible affair. The single ‘Two Weeks’ may have taken all the plaudits, evidently helped by the backing vocals of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, but ‘Cheerleader’ is the standout track for me. Its waltz-like groove is a great start to the week.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2012

In no particular order …

Major Lazer – ‘Get Free’ feat. Amber

Jim James – Know Til Now

Dinosaur Jr. – Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know

Foals – Inhaler

Frank Ocean – Pyramids

Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Beach House – Myth

Chromatics – Lady

Blur – Under The Westway


Honourable mentions also go to:  Burial for ‘Ashtray Wasp‘; Bat For Lashes for ‘Laura‘; Chromatics for ‘Lady‘; TNGHT for ‘Higher Ground‘; Field Report for ‘Taking Alcatraz‘; Lulu James for ‘Be Safe‘; Family Of The Year for ‘Hero‘; Grizzly Bear for ‘Sleeping Ute‘; San Cisco for ‘Wild Things‘; RY X & Frank Wiedemann for ‘Howling‘; Chrome Sparks for ‘Send The Pain On‘; TR13 for ‘Fly‘; Bobby Womack for ‘Please Forgive My Heart‘; Parquet Courts for ‘Master Of My Craft‘; and Grimes for ‘Oblivion‘.

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Beach House – Myth (2012)


Beach House 2012

‘Myth’ is the opening track off Beach House 2012’s LP Bloom and it was used as the siren call prior to its release. It was reassuringly familiar to those that loved the previous album Teen Dream, with the the romance of Victoria Legrand’s keyboards and vocals and the distinctive sound of Alex Scally’s Stratocaster.

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Julia Holter – In The Same Room (2012)


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Before I leave the glorious world of alt, please enter left Julia Holter. Unquestionably, like me, she enjoys the drum machinery of Beach House. Julia Holter’s ‘In the Same Room’ features on her 2012 album Ekstasis…  ambient, electronic, alternative. Have a great weekend.

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Beach House – Lover of Mine (2010)


Beach House again

This week I will revel in some of my favourite acts from the last few years. ‘Lover Of Mine’ is off Beach House’s superlative 2010 album Teen Dream. Victoria Legrand’s vocals recall the haunting sound of Stevie Nicks, all languid and lovelorn. But with the recurring circus-like yamaha organ,’Lover Of Mine’ makes for the dream poppiest track on of the album. Have a great week.

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