Oh and actually I was never a big fan even though she is insanely talented but that new Anna Calvi is something else. Reminds me of Fiona Apple who I don't like, but better.
Glad you mentioned this... I missed it but am going to have a listen soon. I like most of her stuff.
After listening to Cut Copy at work for like the last two days straight, I think it is my favorite album of the year. Of course, I'm sure pitchfork will review it at like 6.8 and everyone will say it's only mediocre.
Griz's new album 'Rebel Era' came out a few weeks ago and it is excellent. His earlier 2013 album 'Mad Liberation' is already high on my list, and Rebel Era may top it.
Still listening to Reflektor, haven't heard it enough to rate it yet.
My rankings as of now:
1. Rituals - Fenech-Soler
2. When the Night - St. Lucia
3. The Bones of What You Believe - CHVRCHES
4. Bankrupt! - Phoenix
5. A Color Map of the Sun - Pretty Lights
6. Cave Rave - Crystal Fighters
7. Rebel Era - GRiZ
8. Mad Liberation - GRiZ
9. Long Live A$AP - A$AP Rocky
10. Settle - Disclosure
11. Vessel - Twenty One Pilots
12. Young Sinatra 3 (Welcome to Forever) - Logic
13. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
14. Yeezus - Kanye West
15. Secondhand Rapture - MS MR
16. Evil Friends - Portugal. The Man
The reason I have 16 ranked is I believe they should all be on the list someway or somehow. I will probably write up a top 20 ranking with possibly a few HMs at the end of the year.
Blood Ceremony's The Eldritch Dark has surpassed every album I've heard so far, expect Tuuttimörkö's On totta. Wow, pretty incredible stuff, great song-writing. Like a mix of Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull. Excellent stuff.
A quiet album that will likely, but shouldn't, slip under the radar. It's only 7 songs, but each song is spectacular. I'd compare it to early Sufjan Stevens, Devandra Banhart (whatever happened to this guy?), Sparklehorse.
Definitely worth checking out. Will likely make my top 10.
Unless something really surprises me this will most likely be my top 10, in no particular order:
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Kanye West - Yeezus
Phoenix - Bankrupt!
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Drake - Nothing was the Same
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
St. Lucia - When the Night
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Not sure how I somehow overlooked this album, it came out in March.
Incredibly beautiful album. Just... wow. Great vocals, and the use of trumpets throughout the album is fantastic. Easily in my top 5.
My rankings as of now:
1. When the Night - St. Lucia
2. Rituals - Fenech-Soler
3. The Golden Age - Woodkid
4. The Bones of What You Believe - CHVRCHES
5. Bankrupt! - Phoenix
6. A Color Map of the Sun - Pretty Lights
7. Cave Rave - Crystal Fighters
8. Rebel Era - GRiZ
9. Mad Liberation - GRiZ
10. Long Live A$AP - A$AP Rocky
11. Settle - Disclosure
12. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
13. Young Sinatra 3 (Welcome to Forever) - Logic
14. Vessel - Twenty One Pilots
15. Yeezus - Kanye West
16. Reflektor - Arcade Fire
16. Secondhand Rapture - MS MR
17. Evil Friends - Portugal. The Man