5 Agnes Obel - Aventine
The first of two recommendations from Andy Mort of Atlum Schema. He blogged last week that this album was one of his favourites of the year. So I had a listen and fell in love with the track 'Fuel to the Fire', instantly ordering her back catalogue.
Both this and the previous album Philharmonics, are just simply beautiful, soulful albums. Simple and elegant. There is something about piano and strings that I just love. I should practice my keyboard skills more.
At some point, I may need to dig out my record player and play the vinyl version I purchased (part of the box set).
4 Rue Royale - Remedies Ahead
I discovered Rue Royale late last year, when someone posted a song of theirs on Facebook.
I just loved the harmonies. Luckily at the time, they were doing a kick starter campaign for the 'Remedies Ahead' album, so I managed to get all three of their albums for about £12. A bargain!.
I managed to catch them live in Birmingham last month and had a quick chat (and bought some vinyl off them).
3 Paper Aeroplanes - Little Letters
I discovered Paper Aeroplanes, whilst googling for paper aeroplanes. I came across a torrent for one of their EPs. So I illegally downloaded it, had a listen and pretty much in the space of a week, bought their entire back catalogue.
Great emotional songwriting and seriously underrated.
Another band I finally got to catch live in November, when they kindly came and played in Shrewsbury.
2. Erica Nockalls - Imminent Room
I was photographing at a gig in May, when I took a photo of Erica with Dirty Ray. I later found out she was already on my friends list, when I went to tag her. Anyway, it turned out she had just released a solo album (being also a part of The Wonder Stuff), so I thought I'd check out a tune on You tube. 'Manikin' was the track.
To be honest, I thought Manikin was totally bonkers. But it did spur me to purchase the album.
The album is quite eclectic. Some lovely slices of pop and rock, with a sharp wit and some beautiful emotional songs.
I did get the chance to see Erica and her band play live, supporting P.I.L. in Birmingham and was asked if I wanted to photograph it. Here are a couple of images from the gig!
1. Stuart Warwick - The Butcher's Voice.
Another recommendation from Andy Mort, when Stuart was the artist of the week on the Lost on Radio podcast.
It was an interesting podcast interview about the core concept of gender identity that runs through the album. Which isn't normally a topic that would spark my interest, but the track Andy played totally blew me away, so I ended up buying the album.
It is a dense, meaningful, funny and clever album, with lush vocals and melodies, pretty much an album that I listen to most days. Just a totally gorgeous album.
Agnes Obel - plays Elliot Smith.
Love this song and this particular version.
Bonus 2 Special mention to and EP that I highly rate and listen to rather a lot! (not that I'm biased, since I did the photography on it). They need to release an album!!!!!
The Pre Sleep Monologue - Pre Sleep Monologue