Lyrics wrote:From the staircase, you hear the stomping
Of solitude and desire for a different living
This is your existential experience:
Looking for hides behind those footsteps
They know your address, all your telephone numbers
They're already here, they've finally found you
You swallow air which, like reinforced concrete
Screams in your lungs: THEY HAVE COME FOR YOU!
1. Collide - Counting to Zero
CtZ doesn't update this duo's sound from their last proper effort "Two Headed Monster" (which I prefer and which was also one of my year's favourites back in 2008) but it's nevertheless a very nice album. kaRIN and Statik have a very unique brand of gothic electro (or darkwave, whatever you like to call it), which is dark, sexy and powerful and should appeal to anyone interested in female fronted industrial music. Their only weakness is that their music is not so accessible, requiring repeated listening or, at their best/worst, sometimes it's impossible to get a grip of what they're trying to do. CtZ has a handful of songs, which don't seem to go anywhere and are just too experimental for their own good.
Song pick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YOxWspN1_Y
2. Diffuzion - Winter Cities
This release caught me by surprise. I already liked their debut from 2008 (or 2007 if we're nitpicking) but this trio's latest release is much more broad and mature measured by both, song-writing and soundscapes. I haven't quite finished finding out all the treasures on this album but already a lot of tracks stand out as excellently crafted icy darkwave pearls. Diffuzion also has a unique style, managing to capture very dark and repeatative synths and beats while at the same time introducing lots of beautiful melodies and a nice range of vocal styles. Again, it's not a perfect album. Some of the tracks are plain boring. But it's nevertheless one of the year's best albums.
Song pick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW74d2PS2xM
3. Zola Jesus - Conatus
Zola Jesus is deffinitely one of the most vocally oriented artists amongst my favourites. Nika Danilova already demonstrated her impressive vocal range on last year's EP "Stridulum" but "Conatus" delivers it full lenght. The album also works really nicely as a single piece, to be listened from the first track to the last one, as the mood ranges from darker tones to more epic soundscapes and further to more optimistic tunes. An excellent and highly re-listenable album!
Song pick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIb4rL6ipbs
4. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Do I need to say any more? I think this is absolutely the year's best pop album. Whereas The Fame was about having fun, partying, satirically displaying the celebrity culture, Born This Way is about connecting with the fans, embracing difference and individuality, self-empowering and even a little bit of political critique. It's an excellent album by someone who is not afraid to seize the opportunity to create shamelessly catchy pop music while nevertheless not compromising an artistic touch. However, I never really liked all those slow ballads though.
Song pick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okq8xHrIZ8I
5. Puscifer - Conditions of My Parole
Maynard James Keenan has been one of my favourite musicians since I really started listening to music back in my teenage years and I'm always looking forward to his releases, whether they be Tool, APC or Puscifer. This album recalls the sounds of APC and is in a way a nostalgic listen for me although I have to admit I have grown out of alt-rock during the last couple of years. I haven't listened to this album as repeatedly as V Is for Vagina (which was ridiculously obscene and eccentric) but Maynard isn't really capable of writing poor songs!
Song pick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcrQIqAKhxY
Song of the year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS9fQzSKPdA
Music video of the year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cggNqDAtJYU
Disappointment of the year: Angelspit - Hello My Name Is
Other worthy albums:
93MillionMilesFromTheSun - Northern Sky
Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under
Chainreactor - Insomniac
Chisu - Kun valaistun
Skrillex - More Monsters and Nice Sprites (EP)
Excision - X Rated
Javelynn - Chimaera at Heart
Korn - The Path of Totality
Ladytron - Gravity the Seducer
Light Parade - Stand Up (For the Light Parade) (EP)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
Psy'Aviah - Introspection / Extrospection
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave
Regina - Soita Mulle
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
Stripmall Architecture - Feathersongs for Factory Girls
You Love Her Coz She's Dead - s/t
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