DiS Users' February 2023 Album Of The Month - The Results

Welcome to the longest running monthly episodic thread in Drowned In Sound history. This thread is now in its 10th year. I clearly have nothing better to do than to count up your favourite albums each month for a decade now


Vote for your favourite five albums. Make your selections clear please as it makes tallying up the scores easier. If you list a whole bunch of albums without making your selections clear I’ll take the first five mentioned as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. No joint positions please. Sorry to be a pedant.

Your album of the month will get five points, 2nd placed album four points, 3rd placed album three points, 4th placed album two points and 5th one point. If you name only one album I’ll give that five points. If you name two albums I’ll score them with five and four points etc. You get the message.

My choices:

1. the Golden Dregs - On Grace & Dignity

2. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World

3. Robert Forster - The Candle And The Flame

4. The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part Two

5. Lisa O’Neill or Paramore

A pretty good month. Really enjoyed the Golden Dregs and Yo La Tengo albums. They’re joint top but will put YLT second as they’re the bigger band and will put the underdog first.

I hadn’t heard the Golden Dregs before this release. Some brilliant tunes on that album and a style that would appeal to fans of The Magnetic Fields and Bill Callahan (I hate Bill Callahan). Enjoyed his gig at Rough Trade East albeit just him and a guitar. There’s some lovely arrangements on the album and tempted to see him at Village Underground although not sure how that venue would work for his style of music.

I’ve a slightly odd relationship with Yo La Tengo. Loved them hugely during the late 90s and early 00s. …Heart Beating As One is a massive album for me. Easily in my top 50 or maybe top 20 best albums ever and played it endlessly on the Walkman on the way to work and back in the late 90s but their subsequent albums never quite clicked for me whereas I really like Painful and Electr-o-pura. Seen them quite a few times over the years but inevitably want their older stuff on the setlists. The new one is brilliant and my mate put it perfectly saying it has a lovely familiarity to it like putting on your favourite Autumn Sweater.

I’m glad a 65 year old Robert Forster is still making great albums. My only personal problem is that due to a clash I can’t make his London date. Would loved to have seen these songs played live.

The Go! Team still fun as ever and undecided over who to put 5th currently. Hadn’t heard of Irish folk singer Lisa O’Neill before but liking it and the Paramore album at the moment is a slight let down compared to their previous stuff although I know their not going to do another with a similar feel to their self titled album from 2013.

Always a lot of great recommendations from you guys about albums that I’ve missed or overlooked. Not sure what else is out tomorrow except so I’ll see what you guys come up with.

Please forgive any shameless bumps of this thread during the week. I’ll keep this thread open until Sunday 5th March and so you’ll have over a week to listen to tomorrow’s releases if there’s anything out before choosing.

Vote now!! (Or later in the week) but make your choices clear please.


putting this in as a draft - feel Go Team might come up the rankings over the next week. Just about the most indie-guitar list I’ve had in years

  1. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy
  2. New Pagans - Making Circles of Our Own
  3. the GOLDEN DREGS - On Grace & Dignity
  4. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
  5. Runner - like dying stars, we’re reaching out

6-10 (good month)

  1. The Go! Team - Get Up …
  2. CRIMEAPPLE - Kilometres
  3. Narrow Head - Moments of Clarity
  4. Kosmicher Laufer - The Secret Cosmic Music …
  5. Mi Mye - My name’s wimp

February started off pretty weak but then really picked up in the last couple of weeks

  1. Frozen Dawn - Decline of the Enlightened Gods
  2. Screaming Females - Desire Pathway
  3. Tryglav - The Ritual
  4. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Land of Sleeper
  5. Orbital - Optical Delusion

6-10 -

  1. Carathis - The Moonstone Temple
  2. The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part 2
  3. Hellripper - Warlocks Grim & Withered Hags
  4. Pest Control - Don’t Test The Pest
  5. Exhibition - The Last Laugh
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  1. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy
  2. Screaming Females - Desire Pathway
  3. Grade 2 - Grade 2
  4. The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Pt. 2
  5. Regal Cheer - Cans
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Rarely vote for more than 1 or 2 releases in these things, but could well make it 4 or 5 this time round.

Big month.

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  1. Black Belt Eagle Scout - The Land, The Water, The Sky
  2. Naut - Hunt
  3. Acid Arab - Trois
  4. Grade 2 - Grade 2
  5. Obey Robots - One In A Thousand

very strong month, loads better than January

  1. Narrow Head - moments of clarity
  2. Yo La Tengo - this world is stupid
  3. Robert Forster - The candle and the flame
  4. Hollie Kenniff - We have places that we miss
  5. The Waeve - s/t
  1. Lisel - Patterns for Auto-Tuned Voices and Delay
  2. shame - Food for Worms
  3. Pile - All Fiction
  4. Khotin - Release Spirit
  5. Beat Awfuls - PAWS
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  1. Lisa O’Neill - All Of This Is Chance
  2. King Ayisoba - Work Hard
  3. Unthank: Smith - Nowhere and Everywhere
  4. Quasi - Breaking the Balls of History
  5. Marlene Ribeiro - Toquei no Sol

Need to spend more time with all of these, order is a bit arbitrary but they all sounded great from first couple of listens

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  1. Paramore - This is why
  2. Caroline Polachek - Desire, I want to turn into you
  3. Orbital - Optical delusion
  1. Liv.e - Girl in the Half Pearl
  2. M(h)aoll - Attachment Styles
  3. Jehst - Mork Calling Orson
  4. Nappy Nina - Mourning Due
  5. Jadasea - The Corner: Vol. 1
  1. Kelela - Raven
  2. Black Belt Eagle Scout - The Land, The Water, The Sky
  3. Lowly - Keep Up The Good Work
  4. Khotin - Release Spirit
  5. Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
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Need more time with the shame album so:

  1. Hamish Hawk - Angel Numbers
  2. shame
  4. Robert Forster

Another good month…

  1. Orbital - Optical Delusion
  2. Polinski - Telex From Midi City
  3. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Land Of Sleeper
  4. The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part II
  5. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy

January to March tends to be such a busy period for new releases that it feels that it always sets the tone of the year’s listening for me. Have a feeling 2023 gonna be a good year :sunglasses:

  1. King Slender - Gold Days
  2. Pepo Galan - Family Harmony
  3. The Humble Bee - Lichen Cloak On A White Stone
  4. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy
  5. Anthene - Shelter
  1. Anna B Savage - inFLUX (absolutely spellbound by it at the moment)
  2. Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
  3. Paramore - This is Why
  4. Big | Brave - Nature Motre
  5. Unthank : Smith - Nowhere and Everywhere

Honorable mentions: Pigs x7 - Land of Sleeper; Screaming Females - Desire Pathway; Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World; Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy

Great month!


Actually, I’ll put Death Valley Girls - Islands In The Sky as my 5th choice.

This was tricky - a really great month.

  1. Marlene Ribeiro - Toquei no Sol
  2. Wanderwelle - All Hands Bury The Cliffs At Sea
  3. Polobi & the Gwo Ka Masters - Abri Cyclonique
  4. Kelela - Raven
  5. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
  6. Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
  7. Orbital - Optical Delusion
  8. Hollie Kenniff - We Have Places That We Miss
  9. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy
  10. Nappy Nina - Morning Due
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A really strong month…

  1. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
  2. Wanderwelle - All Hands Bury The Cliffs At Sea
  3. Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer - Leaving Grass Mountain
  4. Lawrence English and Loscil - Colours of Air
  5. Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy

Not had enough time to properly listen to The Necks yet

(edit: not meant as a reply to @smncx sorry about that!)

  1. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
  2. Robert Forster - The Candle & The Flame
  3. Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
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