The Ten Best Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard

1: DEERPEOPLE – DEERPEOPLE

Deerpeople

A fun folk album with a lot of charm which manages to tow the line between hope and despair through its acceptance and joy that life may not be as rosy as we’d like. Excellent vocal performance over the top of a wonderfully upbeat performance by the rest of the band.

http://deerpeople.bandcamp.com/album/deerpeople-ep

2: Time Columns – Sunriseinthesea

Sunriseinthesea

With dense polyrhythmic layers and seemingly endless looping, the two man math rock outfit manages to create a relaxed yet technical sound that most bands can (and should) envy.

http://timecolumns.bandcamp.com/album/sunriseinthesea-ep

3: Driftless Pony Club – Expert

Expert

Six songs full of lyrics that nearly make sense, fantastic build ups of guitar riffs almost breaking into math territory and a large dose of harmonising really present DPC at their best here. It also helps that the band is fronted by  the hilarious Craig Benzine aka wheezywaiter.

http://dftbarecordsllc.bandcamp.com/album/expert

4: Milo – Things that Happen at Day/Things that Happen at Night

Things That Happen

This nerdcore rapper (can you even call him a rapper? Spoken word artist seems more fitting) is eager to let out his literary and philosophical knowledge, dropping references from Hegel to Schopenhauer, but he’s just as likely to reference Gus Haynes or Kitty Pryde. But it’s not just his lyrics and how he brings hip-hop to a new territory that draws me in, but the dream-like beats and often bizarre sampling too.

http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/album/things-that-happen-at-day

http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/album/things-that-happen-at-night

5: Brontide – Sans Souci

Sans Souci

Tight post-rock/metal that with bundles of energy and genius from each member of the band. The twists and turns of melody and rhythm in the songs seek only to keep you guessing, but the densely packed riffs and guitar textures make you not want change.

http://brontide.bandcamp.com/

6: Jordaan Mason and the Horse Museum – Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head

A brilliant lo-fi folk album with an interesting (to say the least) story of a married couple who are facing issues of gender confusion. The imagery in Jordaan Mason’s lyrics creates a sentiment not unlike that of Jeff Mangum’s words  – albeit with a much darker tone.

http://thehorsemuseum.bandcamp.com/album/divorce-lawyers-i-shaved-my-head

Divorce Lawyers

A brilliant lo-fi folk album with an interesting (to say the least) story of a married couple who are facing issues of gender confusion. The imagery in Jordaan Mason’s lyrics creates a sentiment not unlike that of Jeff Mangum’s words – albeit with a much darker tone.

http://thehorsemuseum.bandcamp.com/album/divorce-lawyers-i-shaved-my-head

7: Piglet – Lava Land

Lava Land

More excellent, technical math rock that manages to create rich and enjoyable melodies that don’t antagonise by being too complicated. The interplay between the oft-times laid back guitar and excellent drumming gives this album an air of enjoyment bound to cheer you up.

http://piglet.bandcamp.com/album/lava-land

8: Solterra – Umbra

Umbra

Solterra bring a soft and gentle sound to Umbra, and they manage to explore space and more within the album’s 40 minute run time through their gentle melodies and intense crescendo. Heaps of delay help establish the album’s space-like effect and causes the album to be a journey within itself.

http://solterra.bandcamp.com/album/umbra

9: Dälek – From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots

From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots

Not the most accessible rap album, but producer Oktopus’ experimental beats and grooves create a sinister yet dense backdrop to Dälek’s imaginative lyrics, ranging from the harsh industrial sound of the album’s opener ‘Spiritual Healing’ to the discordant and at times cacophonous ‘Black Smoke Rises’.

Spiritual Healing

10: LSD and the Search for God – LSD and the Search for God

LSD and the Search for God

Soothing shoegaze that brings back the 90’s feel of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. With shimmering melodies and gentle vocals, the laid-back production creates an all round peaceful album.

http://lsdandthesearchforgod.bandcamp.com/album/lsd-and-the-search-for-god

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “The Ten Best Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard

  1. I just listened to Solterra and holy fuck, one of the best reccomendations I’ve had. Thanks for the heads up bro, gonna check those other albums now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s