It was always going to be Protomartyr from the first time I heard ‘A Private Understanding’, it was immediately apparent nothing else was going to touch it.
That said, Thundercat was comfortably my favourite from the first half of the year, so it had to be something quite special to knock it off its perch.
Converge just won’t stop being great. I don’t listen to as much heavy music anymore but that isn’t to say I don’t still dabble, and this seemed like a pretty good year with the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room, Integrity and even the Kurt Ballou produced Chelsea Wolfe kicking about. Converge are the kings though.
Brand New would have been number 3 here, but I can’t bring myself to listen to them right now, and quite possibly ever again, so has been disqualified from my own personal consideration.
Priests have literally just broken into the top 5 this weekend, usurping Waxahatchee. I loved that record, and still do, but there’s something that feels quite vital about what Priests are doing that should be celebrated (and it’s good timing too I guess)
Grizzly Bear had, for me, the best of many notable “millennial Indie-rock strikes back!” records, beating out Fleet Foxes, The National, Wolf Parade, LCD Soundsystem etc.
there’s loads of stuff that narrowly missed out, which I’m currently in the process of writing about, so will post about them later when that’s done.