Sep 15, 2012
This blog, like a tortoise, likes both to take its time and to occasionally hibernate, especially when the real world rears its ugly head, which it did, with a vengeance, this year. But thankfully the music keeps coming, which in turn brings us to some of the contenders for my favourite record of this year¹.
The Nature Set are a three-piece from Sheffield with one EP, 2011’s Enough is Enough, and a ”maxi-cassingle”, a cassette-only release that features three of their songs and three by Former Lover. This is the Nature Set’s claim to a celestial existence and a fine way to start any blog post.
The Nature Set :: I am a Planet ⬇
There are five members of Makaras Pen, self-proclaimed indie rock shoegazers whose 2010 self-titled debut was well received in these parts, setting high standards that this year’s follow-up, A Petal Among Bricks, did not fail to match. Singer Emma Willis’s voice is conspicuous by its absence from this track, which owes more than a little to Mogwai.
Makaras Pen :: Opus 7 ⬇
From Buffalo, New York, to “the North” and indie popsters This Many Boyfriends and a song about ornithology and love.
And finally, for now, the Rosie Taylor Project, whose records, unlike This Many Boyfriends’, somehow sound nothing like their name.