5 Bird - My fear and Me
I discovered Bird, whilst photographing Bridgnorth Music Festival, a few years ago and have photographed them a couple of times.
I've been looking forward to this album since then.
I believe they are in the process of changing their name.
4 Atlum Schema - Year Zero
I discovered Atlum Schema from when Andy was hosting the Right Chord Music podcast. It was a few months of listening before I checked out his music.
I had a couple of previous albums, but wasn't prepared for how stripped back, raw and fragile this album is. It took a few listens to get it. I was lucky to get a ticket to the launch party (see first video). Another grower.
3 Passenger - Whispers
I saw Passenger support Ed Sheeran a couple of years ago and he blew me away. Simply beautiful songs. When I got back home I ordered the album. I was so happy when Let Her Go went massive last year.
I was actually surprised when I walked into Tescos and saw he had a new album out.
I think this an even better album than "All the little lights". A bit more sweary, very personal and some great story telling.
2 Blue Rose Code - The Ballads of Peckham Rye
I believe I discovered Blue Rose Code on someone's Facebook page a while ago and tracked him down on Bandcamp. I loved the album "North Ten" but this is a stronger album. More country than I'd normally like, but such great songs!
1 Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
"All The Wars" the previous Pineapple Thief album is one of my favourite and most played albums of the last few years, which surprised me when Bruce said he didn't rate it that highly.
So I was looking forward to this album and in my eyes it had a lot to live up to.
It wasn't was I was expecting at all. This is the least prog, prog album I have heard. I really wasn't sure of it for the first few listens, but it has really grown on over time.
If I have one gripe with it, it would be the last track Bond, kind of just ends. No big album closer. More of a whimper.
So there it is. To be honest, I haven't bought as much music this year as previous years and a lot of what I did buy was compilations and re-issues.
Some of my re-issue and compilation highlights this year.
1. Tear For Fears - Songs From the big chair.
In surround sound by non other than Steven Wilson. No it doesn't get a lot better than that.
2. Steven Wilson - Cover Version
3. Genesis - R-kive
3 disk best off, mostly listen to the Gabriel stuff..