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Looking to Pilatus

I don’t know when it happened, or began to happen, but there has been a sea-change in my music accumulation of late. Where once probably 90% or more of the music I bought was male-voiced, women now dominate. In the 30-ish–strong list from which I’ll pick my record of the year the number of male singers can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

So, four records from this year, each fronted by a beautiful female voice, each equally fantastic.

First up, California’s Best Coast and a lovely slice of pop that perfectly captures that feeling of longing for home.

Best Coast :: The Only Place

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From California to the south coast of England: Shrag hail from Brighton and London and they’ve made three LPs, the third of which, 2012’s Canines was well-received by professional music writers, but rather indifferently by this blogger. However, that doesn’t alter the fact that the LP’s first single is a rather fine record with a marvellous name.

Shrag :: Tendons in the Night

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Deaf Club make records and allow us to enjoy them, which is pretty much all I know about the band; pretty much all I need to know.

Deaf Club :: Mirrors

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The Hundred in the Hands are an electronic music duo from Brooklyn with two excellent LPs to their name. This year’s Red Night is more downbeat and complex than the band’s debut, which spawned a candidate for my fave record of last year. Second time lucky, perhaps.

The Hundred in the Hands :: Tunnels

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One Response

  1. gotimmy says:

    Same here. My most heavily played albums in the last year or so have been Sharon van Etten’s “Tramp” and Wye Oak’s “Civilian”.

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