“The Purple Bottle”
good song, happy memories on sad scary day
“Whatever Gets You Thru The Night”
super john lennon mood
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
this album is SO GOOD. so weird, but also really pretty. like what’s up with the ya heys?? but everything really works. i always thought that vampire weekend could get really annoying, so i didn’t expect to like this album sooo muccccchh. but i do! it just sounds more mature, or something, than their other albums, but not in a boring, stuffy way. it’s so catchy and really smart and cool. definitely my go-to ‘i don’t know what to listen to right now’ album this year and it never ever let me down.
“Blood On The Leaves”
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
my first reaction to this album was that it was too dark. it wasn’t the same kanye. it didn’t give me those second-hand, awesome confidence/arrogance vibes. which is weird since it’s called yeezus and has a song called i am a god. but one of the reasons i like kanye is because he makes me wish i was like him (really). but this album is different and it’s still great. it’s angry, it gives you chills, it makes you laugh, it’s brilliant.
3. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
this album! it’s so fun! so 60s. i loved it instantly and it’s impossible to get sick of. it’s kind of cute music, but it never gets too precious. it’s catchy and different and when you listen to it you get transported somewhere happy and cool.
Atoms for Peace
4. Atoms for Peace - AMOK
it’s thom yorke so of course i was obsessed with it for a good chunk of the year. it’s weird electronic stuff and thom singing and catchy songs, i don’t know what else you need? maybe flea could have have gone crazier. i liked it a lot to begin with and the songs really popped even more after hearing them live(!!). it’s a quick perfect little album, but maybe i’m biased.
“Shout It Out”
5. Mikal Cronin - MCII
I really like this album and it grew and grew on me all year. To the point where it’s higher on this list than Arcade Fire and Daft Punk!! It’s catchy and it really got me. It’s got a good loud guitary sound on some nice beachy sounding pop songs. It was perfect for summer and perfect for fall when you wanted to pretend it was still summer. And reallllllly perfect for singing along to loud in the car.
6. James Blake - Overgrown
soo sexy. but sexy in like a really cool and different way. man, i could listen to retrograde forever. this album is all dark and moody and soulful, but it’s maybe not as weird as the last album which is too bad. also, i could really do without the cheesy rapping, but other than that, really great album. i definitely had an a+ time listening to it this year.
“Doin' It right”
7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
this was the best summer album! how can you not love daft punk?? they are robots in sequined suits. so whimsical and fabulous. so upbeat. it’s like you’re actually in the 70s and i think the guitars are my favorite thing ever. even when it gets weird, and it sounds like you’re in a disco musical, i still think it’s the greatest. coulda been higher on my list if it didn’t have TWO songs with people talking in them, ugh.
8. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
i was verrry excited for this album, especially after they released reflektor (the song) and it was sooo good. there’s still some tragic beautiful sad haunty songs, but then there’s also cool drums and saxophones and reggae?? it’s a cool combo. howeverrrrr, i didn’t get that goosebumps moment. which is why it’s only number 8 even though i think it’s a really great album. maybe goosebumps is too much to ask, but i kind of expect them from arcade fire, ya know?