AC Acoustics - Victory Parts - don’t get why these didn’t make it bigger…they mine that US-style early 90s indie-rock sound (Pavement, Buffalo Tom, Superchunk, Posies) that I love but do it so well…maybe they were a little too late as by 97 this stuff had had its days…file alongside Cable as minor-ish late 90s overlooked gems
Nirvana - Nevermind - growing up I sidestepped Nirvana in a kind of protest as an indie-kid against the kids that would only listen to Nirvana, Pearl Jam and GNR. I knew the singles and liked them all but I finally checked this out end to end - and yes its very good
Mazzy Star - Among my swan - I had Flowers in December at the time and I might have even had this come to think of it but I didn’t really appreciate its charms until I checked it recently in a bit of Mazzy Star back catalog
Cranberries - No need to argue - this title is my reaction to the anticipated reply to me posting this. I had totally written off the Cranberries based on perception whilst harbouring a guilty pleasure appreciation of the singles…I am old enough now not to care or do guilt with music (in most cases)…I fully get why people wouldn’t like this but its definitely a keeper for me…
Phosphorescent - 100 times or more - in more back cataloguing of artists I like (one pleasing thing about streaming services) I came to the surprising discovery that Phosphorescent’s debut is in the same high quality ballpark as Muchacho and Pride.
Sonny Rollins - The Bridge - I have to thank PF’s best of 60s feature for turning me onto an untold number of jazz classics. This being the pick of a superb bunch with Andrew Hill’s point of departure a close second
Sweep the leg johnny - Sto Cazzo + 4-9-21-30 - I have the Emo Diaries compilations to thank for many discoveries and most of all these guys at the math-rock, freak-out end of the genre
Zizou Biyake - Noir et blanc - DRC meets French in an Afro-electro soundclash that sounds remarkably contemporary for 1983. Intriguing and very good.
Al Green - let’s stay together - gloriously rich fayre
16 Horsepower - Secret South (one of many highlights in my discography minimg of the Old Testament referencing Nick Cave esque gothic folk rockers)
Murry Hammond - i don’t know where I’m going - country-ish spirituals - first discovered this guy on the amazing modern day interpretations/covers of these old hymns that used to be sang by gathering throngs in the streets as showcased in the great Sacred Arp compilation.