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25 BEST ALBUMS OF 2012

NUMBER ONE

LONERISM – TAME IMPALA

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Best Tracks:
1. Apocalypse Dreams
2. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
3. Music To Walk Home By
4. Why Won’t They Talk To Me
5. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

NUMBER TWO

BEARD, WIVES, DENIM – POND

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Best Tracks:
1. You Broke My Cool
2. Eye Pattern Blindness
3. When It Explodes
4. Sun And Sea And You
5. Moths Wings

NUMBER THREE

GIVEN TO THE WILD – THE MACCABEES

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Best Tracks:
1. Went Away
2. Child
3. Forever I’ve Known
4. Grew Up At Midnight
5. Go

NUMBER FOUR

TAKE THE KIDS OFF BROADWAY EP – FOXYGEN

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Best Tracks:
1. Make It Known
2. Waitin’ 4 U
3. Abandon My Toys
4. Teenage Alien Blues
5. Take The Kids Off Broadway

NUMBER FIVE

DJANGO DJANGO – DJANGO DJANGO

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Best Tracks:
1. Hail Bop
2. Waveforms
3. Default
4. Firewater
5. Silver Rays

NUMBER SIX

AN AWERSOME WAVE – ALT-J

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Best Tracks:
1. Breezeblocks
2. Dissolve Me
3. Taro
4. Tessellate
5. Fitzpleasure

NUMBER SEVEN

TWINS – TY SEAGALL

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Best Tracks:
1. The Hill
2. There Is No Tomorrow
3. Love Fuzz
4. Handglams
4. Thank God For The Sinners

NUMBER EIGHT

THE SHAKEDOWN PROJECT EP – THE SHAKEDOWN PROJECT

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Best Tracks:
1. Dirty Old Sin (Where Have You Been)
2. Silver Ships Crystal Grips
3. Prisoner’s Cinema
4. Tell Me What I Want
5. Caroline

NUMBER NINE

WORLD MUSIC -GOAT

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BEST TRACKS:
1. Goatman
2. Golden Dawn
3. Discofever
4. Goathead
5. Let It Bleed

NUMBER TEN

NOUTURNE – WILD NOTHING

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Best Tracks:
1. Midnight Song
2. Through The Grass
3. Only Heather
4. Shadow
5. Nocturne

NUMBER ELEVEN

OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS – BRETON

Breton - Other Peoples Problems

Best Tracks:
1. Electrician
2. Wood And Plastic
3. Interference
4. Governing Correctly
5. Pacemaker

NUMBER TWELVE

THE ECHO SHOW – YETI LANE

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Best Tracks:
1. Analog Wheel
2. Warning Sensations
3. Logic Winds
4. Strange Call
5. The Echo Show

NUMBER THIRTEEN

BOYS AND GIRLS – ALABAMA SHAKES

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Best Tracks:
1. Hold On
2. Hang Loose
3. You Ain’t Alone
4. I Found You
5. On Your Way

NUMBER FOURTEEN

MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER – MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER

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Best Tracks:
1. I Follow You
2. Quand Vas Tu Rentrer?
3. Some Time Alone, Alone
4. You Won’t That Part Of Me
5. Be Proud Of Your Kids

NUMBER FIFTEEN

COME OF AGE – THE VACCINES

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Best Tracks:
1. Lonely World
2. Weirdo
3. Aftershave Ocean
4. No Hope
5. Teenage Icon

NUMBER SIXTEEN

AMERICA GIVE UP – HOWLER

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Best Tracks:
1. This One’s Different
2. Beach Sluts
3. Wailing (Making Out)
4. Told You Once
5. Black Lagoon

NUMBER SEVENTEEN

SWEET HEART, SWEET LIGHT – SPIRITUALIZED

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Best Tracks:
1. So Long You Pretty Thing
2. Hey Jane
3. Too Late
4. Headin’ For The Top Now
5. Little Girl

NUMBER EIGHTEEN

OSHIN – DIIV

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Best Tracks:
1. How Long Have You Known
2. Past Lives
3. Human
4. Wait
5. Air Conditioning

NUMBER NINETEEN

BLUNDERBUSS – JACK WHITE

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Best Tracks:
1. Sixteen Saltines
2. Hypocritical Kiss
3. Weep Themselves To Sleep
4. Love Interruption
5. Missing Pieces

NUMBER TWENTY

IN OUR HEADS – HOT CHIP

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Best Tracks:
1. Let Me Be Him
2. Flutes
3. Motion Sickness
4. Night And Day
5. Don’t Deny Your Heart

NUMBER TWENTY-ONE

TY SEAGALL BAND – SLAUGHTERHOUSE

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Best Tracks:
1. I Bought My Eyes
2. Wave Goodbye
3. Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart
4. Death
5. Diddy Wah Diddy

NUMBER TWENTY-TWO

RADLANDS – MYSTERY JETS

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BEST TRACKS:
1. Someone Purer
2. The Hail Bop
3. Greatest Hits
4. Radlands
5. The Nothing

NUMBER TWENTY-THREE

CENTIPEDE HZ – ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

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BEST TRACKS:
1. Today’s Supernatural
2. New Town Burnout
3. Moonjock
4. Applesauce
5. Wide Eyed

NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR

HOLOGRAMS – HOLOGRAMS

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BEST TRACKS:
1. Chasing My Mind
2. ABC CITY
3. Monolith
4. Ashtray
5. Stress

NUMBER TWENTY-FIVE

HOLD FAST – THE CROOKES

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BEST TRACKS:
1. Afterglow
2. Maybe In The Dark
3. American Girls
4. Stars
5. Where Did Our Love Go?

BY OSCAR B. WILSON

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BEST TRACKS OF 2011

With great difficulty the best 100 tracks of 2011 have been completed – without a doubt this list has missed many a good song from 2011 and so compiles the best songs which have been noticed, listened to, and loved. To prevent too many songs from a single artist and cap for artists without a top ten album of 2011 has been set at two tracks each.

(which can be seen here: https://codamusicblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/best-albums-of-2011/)

Those in the top ten albums of 2011 #4-#10 take three places each and #1-#3 have four tracks present each. This has given the list some diversity, not that it was a problem in finding other tracks to fill the remaining places, as you will see many great songs didn’t make the cut. Here follows the 100 Best Tracks Of 2011:

1. Arctic Monkeys – That’s Where Your Wrong

There seems to have been a lot of love for Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys this year – yet the closing track of Suck It And See seems to have gone unnoticed. A track which is simple musically, which builds and builds (much like 505) into a series of thundering guitar sections with beautiful lyrics about mortality and love – see for yourself how great this track is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9U1r38di-8

2. The Horrors – Still Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJQk0jDZx8o&ob=av3e

3. Bombay Bicycle Club – Take The Right One

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXIpedIGN50

4. Born Blonde – Radio Bliss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn1PiZ5LitY

5. Cashier Number 9 – Oh Pity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHQmVGFMMgE

6. The Horrors – You Said

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cra6LRqSIk

7. Glasvegas – Dream Dream Dreaming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG8Z7F2Ttwk

8. I Break Horses – Winter Beats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sg7YkPnEYw

9. S.C.U.M. – Whitechapel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoYszf-37Tk

10. Bombay Bicycle Club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep –

File:Bombay bicycyle club a different kind of fix.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOC1V04dzfo&feature=related

11. Moon Duo – Mazes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvYUUes4O1Q

12. Metronomy – The Look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFrNsSnk8GM&ob=av2e

13. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-36lCKovBg

14. WU LYF – Such A Sad Puppy Dog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpjdfRMl5bk

15. PJ Harvey – Bitter Branches

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-piHXFcd8E

16. Bombay Bicycle Club – What You Want

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZuzcWVBMPU&feature=fvst

17. The Horrors – Moving Further Away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTETxZS4BsY

18. Wu Lyf – We Bros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HGgni1nGGY

19. Born Blonde – ‘Solar’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLaQGB5OnEE

20. Bombay Bicycle Club – Your Eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UEnZNuxEUA

21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Stop The Clocks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJZiK_WzdH0

22. The Strokes – Two Kinds Of Happiness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOaBNQt2k3A

23. The Vaccines – Family Friend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txey4jDIMY0

24. Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAlRXC19hmE&ob=av2e

25. Elbow – Open Arms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRFqUlRelN0

26. Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGH-4jQZRcc&ob=av2n

27. Battles – Ice Cream (feat. Matias Aguayo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FsvMyQeC-Q&ob=av2e

28. The Horrors – Dive In

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17iNHVjC6B0

29. Chapel Club – Surfacing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70102WX57Rk&ob=av2n

30. Yuck – Rubber

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pt2YuvrWYE

31. I Break Horses – Pulse

Not on youtube

32. Cults – Go Outside

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAM9diyVRiM

33. Esben And The Witch – Warpath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0nGE686qZU

34. Cashier No. 9 – The Lighthouse Will Lead You Out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvEqvQLU41o

35. PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWBrWhrKchQ

36. Peaking Lights – Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5vbZHuQflE

37. The Crookes – Just Like Dreamers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu_eGG32cSQ

38. Laura Marling – The Beast

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG9sh9ifN4w

39. Smith Westerns – End Of The Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj7Z1RAeqBQ

40. tUnE-yArDs – Bizness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ1LI-NTa2s&ob=av2e

41. I Break Horses – Wired

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-cGmkjHhDU

42. The Crookes – The Crookes Laundry Murder, 1922

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdVIYApPvlE

43. Dutch Uncles – Cadenza

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMti9fN0VBQ

44. Wu Lyf – Spitting Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDTEhWO2wyo

45. Fixers – Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley Remix)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7YbcMM62E

46. Bon Iver – Holocene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcyIpul8OE

47. Fixers – Crystals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUSH-F9TOUU

48. Metronomy – Some Written

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hpd683Vhpc

49. Moon Duo – Seer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLXw4Ica2Ek

50. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – How Can U Luv Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ySbAWJA-o

51. Smith Westerns – All Die Young

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR-Wa_lXvAA

52. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDTZ7iX4vTQ&ob=av2e

53. Cashier No. 9 – Make Your Feel Better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRfWYP0gTw4

54. Arctic Monkeys – Reckless Serenade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chVFscOabYM

55. Anna Calvi – Love Won’t Be Leaving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14uWGz46Xdk

56. Radiohead – Lotus Flower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOa1a8hYP8

57. Mirrors – Write Through The Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdTPdtSz-O0

58. Wu Lyf – 14 Crowns For Me & Your Friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IA1fICVhdI

59. Laura Marling – Salinas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5s6vajNoEg

60. S.C.U.M. – Cast Into Seasons

Not on youtube

61. PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saksKorZEoc

62. White Lies – Strangers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozXeDKfwaMc

63. Fleet Foxes – The Shrine/An Argument

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yAxIdkF2Qo

64. Yuck – Get Away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz7vyrFhFE8

65. Esben And The Witch – Argyria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAoo3zmMcPo

66. Mirrors – Somewhere Strange

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGO5UHca74A

67. Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65_cgr4PJFk&ob=av2e

68. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8igFHmS03tM

69. Wild Beasts – Loop The Loop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r07We_E355g

70. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyP0DACgdgc

71. S.C.U.M. – Amber Hands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOWANx94pbU

72. Elbow – Lippy Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc5fX4TytFE

73. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Thought Ballune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psD48B8FDsw

74. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NMUDb3Ewhs&ob=av3n

75. St. Vincent – Cruel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itt0rALeHE8

76. The Vaccines – Wetsuit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY4J3sVMmN0

77. White Lies – Peace & Quiet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JpMV5xEFU

78. The Horrors – Endless Blue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cjCPS-_eO0

79. Howler – I Told You Once

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-b8KDdOBBU

80. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isIABK-0ohQ&ob=av2e

81. Memory Tapes – Today Is Our Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwx4cA4-HPA

82. The Joy Formidable – Llaw = Wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZenThxlc1rA

83. Big Troubles – Minor Keys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMMtf0YRVGQ

84. Noah And The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCHzicKq3W4&ob=av3e

85. John Maus – Believer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMku-GbafEg&ob=av2e

86. Cage The Elephant – Shake Me Down

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v27TRan1SBI&ob=av2e

87. Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBsQVP-Olmw&ob=av2e

88. Bass Drum Of Death – Nerve Jamming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHZpznGLiRk

89. Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxHo7iS9WJQ

90. Wooden Shjips – Flight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcNQhEtGpR8

91. Wild Flag – Something Came Over Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSMffOPza1I

92. Florence + The Machine -What The Water Gave Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am6rArVPip8&ob=av2e

93. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olr5Bk7jm3I&ob=av2n

94. Glasvegas – Euphoria, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Yosqms1nM&ob=av2e

95. Hard-Fi – Good For Nothing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVe96l_h-SM

96. Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bpPyRPnnRs&ob=av2e

97. Pete & The Pirates – Half Moon Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhjaeeUpPAE&ob=av2e

98. Veronica Falls – Bad Feeling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_SlRqk48LQ

99. Cat’s Eyes – Face In The Crowd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSXKWQz_R-Q

100. Mogwai – Rano Pano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZaf–7QJ8U

To get the list in the form of a Spotify playlist please click on the link:

Disagree? Missed any of yours? Pray Tell.

Please note that these are not the opinions of the whole codamusic team but of one man.

Oscar B. Wilson

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BEST ALBUMS OF 2011

This is only going to be a short list, twenty of the best releases of 2011 – containing a very strong top five of the universally critically acclaimed mercury prize winning P J Harvey album; to the pretty much unknown fourth placers Cashier Number 9 with their belfast “baggy” music in the form of debut To The Death Of Fun; on to the infamous WU LYF’s Go Tell Fire To The Mountain; with The Horrors’ epic being very unlucky to have missed out on the top spot and been released in the same year as the flawless second electric record from Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix, an unquestionably clear record of the year.

For the best tracks of 2011: https://codamusicblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/best-tracks-of-2011/

The complete top ten follows:

1. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix

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The unrivaled stand out release of the year, shocking topping the brilliance of Bombay’s first album I Had The Blues. A pop record full of beats and nods to The Stone Roses brand of psychedelia. The infusions of guitar based indie and melodic folk makes it Bombay Bicycle Club’s offering clearly a record of its time. You cannot go without listening to this record.

Review Link: https://codamusicblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/bombay-bicycle-club-a-different-kind-of-fix-review-and-download-links/

Top Tracks: Take The Right One, How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep, What You Want and Your Eyes.

2. The Horrors – Skying

How have The Horrors reached this point with an unlistenable first album to their third, Skying – a masterpiece and force of nature which although not entirely ground-breaking stylistically is a beautifully created record. The themes of oceans and expanse resonate through an album without a faulty song on it.

Review Link: https://codamusicblog.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/the-horrors-skying-review/

Top Tracks: Still Life, You Said and Moving Further Away.

3. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Don’t think for a second that WU LYF are all about the mystery of their image because this album is euphoric undecipherable sound-scapes. They brought something very different to the tale with the success of the contrasting elements of screaming savage vocals and clean poppy instrumentals gives WU LYF a memorising signature sound.

Review Link: https://codamusicblog.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/wu-lyf-%E2%80%93-go-tell-fire-to-the-mountain-review/

Top Tracks: Heavy Pop, Such A Sad Puppy Dog, 14 Crowns For Me And All My Friends and L Y F.

4. Cashier Number 9 – To The Death Of Fun

Cashier Number 9 haven’y caught many people attention this year, with their top youtube video only reaching 40,000 hits – and god knows why not. They have a really accessible sound and make joyful jangling guitar music which sounds so perfect prticularly well done the three tracks mentioned below.

Please Note: Due to the opening of Codamusic being half way through the year, not all of these albums have been reviewd.

Top Tracks: Oh Pity, The Lighthouse Will Lead You Out and Make You Feel Better.

5. P J Harvey – Let England Shake

As mentioned earlier, the universally critically acclaimed mercury prize winning Let England Shake truly deserves such prefixes. It is an beautifully executed politically based  album about the war and ruin which which have caused. The love for a great nation, or what used to be a great nation – not that the album’s beauty can only be realized with this theme. Every song is brilliant so don’t just listen to the tracks below.

Top Tracks: Bitter Branches, The Last Living Rose and Written On The Forehead.

6. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

A return to form from the Arctic Monkeys, with a mature album that is listenable and also lyrically brilliant. It’s not the Arctic Monkeys of old, but really no one in their right mind would want that after listening to this. And one belter of a closing track:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9U1r38di-8 (Number 1 on the Best Tracks Of 2011 list as it happens)

Review Link: https://codamusicblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/arctic-monkeys-suck-it-and-see-review/

Top Tracks: That’s Where Your Wrong, The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala and Reckless Serenade.

7. I Break Horses – Hearts

The first overseas album, from Sweden’s I Break Horses whose electronic shoe-gaze pop is one of this years highlights. A trance-inducing cascade of electronic music, which really seems to have a soul. An under the radar album of other worldly majesty.

Top Tracks: Winter Beats, Pulse and Wired.

8. S.C.U.M. – Again Into Eyes

S.C.U.M., a post-punk outfit who say their music is the manifestation of repressed lust. Their debut album takes influence and mood from Joy Division – a must listen for any post-punk devotee. Although its of a particular taste, the darkness of the music really comes through as euphoria rather than depression.

Top Tracks: Whitechapel, Amber Hands, Cast Into Seasons and Faith Unfolds.

9. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Having assumed the worst after the Beady Eye’s flop, Noel pleasantly surprised with this collection of tracks. If you never liked Oasis these aren’t for you as they are nothing new but if you did, its blood good stuff. If only he had spent a few more minutes thinking of a better name, lets be honest it shouldn’t take long.

Top Tracks: Stop The Clocks, If I Had A Gun and (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine.

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The best of this years influx of brilliant American lo-fi psychedelic rock which includes Smith Westerns and Moon Duo. Trippy, drug distorted vocals and direct punchy guitar. UMO’s debut is also very accessible and relatively easy listening for what it is, making it one of the coolest albums of 2011.

Best Tracks: Ffunny Ffrends, How Can U Luv Me, Biocycle and Thought Ballune.

11. White Lies – Ritual

12. Metronomy – The English Riviera

13. The Crookes – Chasing After Ghosts

14. Yuck – Yuck

15. Glasvegas – Euphoric /// Heartbeat \\\

16. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

17. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials

18. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines

19. Moon Duo – Mazes

20.The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

Disagree? Missed any of yours? Pray Tell.

Please note that these are not the opinions of the whole codamusic team but of one man.

Oscar B. Wilson

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The Saddest Albums Ever

Some artists are gifted with the talent to produce haunting records that stay with you long after you listen to them; albums that can bring a tear to your eye within the first few seconds of listening, melodies and lyrics that are cursed with your own background that manages to crawl it’s way up whenever you listen to them.

I’ve tried to make this list as universal as possible, but we all know that albums we find sad are going to be sadder than albums people tell us to find sad. This is open to suggestions via comments, which will be gratefully received. Nevertheless, if you find yourself feeling particularly gloomy one evening, why not try having a listen to one of these:

Indian Ink – Meanwhile, Back In Communist Russia…

This 8 track long debut album, released in 2002, is really unlike anything else I’ve ever listened to. Formed by students of Oxford University, it’s quite odd to think that the band had such high expectations – being chosen to support Pulp at a concert in Birmingham, and reaching number 11 in John Peel’s festive 50 in 2001 with ‘Morning After Pill’. It’s upsetting how little information there is about this fascinating band, so honestly, I’d just say listen to the record. The ‘singing’ (well, spoken word by a woman with possibly the most eerie voice ever) is something you won’t forget in a while. Try Morning After Pill or Blindspot/Invisible Bend for a taster. This album isn’t on spotify, so I’d recommend buying it online, or downloading it from a mediafire link (tut tut). Just listen to it however you can.

The First Days Of Spring – Noah and the Whale

From the opening lyrics of “this is a song for anyone with a broken heart/this is a song for anyone who can’t get out of bed”, you can tell this album isn’t going to feature sunshine and rainbows. Based on Charlie Fink’s break up with Laura Marling, this album still remains accessible to absolutely anybody who’s ever been through a break up, or is going through one, or is contemplating one. And I think that’s pretty much all of us. The entire album is melancholy enough for the listener to feel truly engaged with Charlie’s feelings, yet towards the end of the record, there’s a glimpse of hope present in the songs. This is an album that’s essential to listen to in it’s full order. Don’t you dare shuffle it. There is also a short film to accompany the album, made entirely by the band themselves. Listen to it on spotify, or buy it in stores for a special edition including the film on dvd.

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

This album is a pretty obvious choice, but that doesn’t make it any less noteworthy. In Justin Vernon’s own words, “part of the trouble with the old haunting love, is that it fucks with your future loves, and can damn and/or ambush your relationships”, and isn’t he right? Justin Vernon’s voice is absolutely perfect, and the melodies, lyrics and entire atmosphere of this album could cause you to break down into tears within the first three minutes. Perfect for a miserable day where the world seems against you, this album won’t fail to make you feel slightly empty. Find this album on spotify, accompany it with rainymood and some chocolate and you’ll feel like an indie version of Bridget Jones. Probably.

Closer – Joy Division

Perhaps this isn’t such an obvious choice, but it’s definitely a contender, purely for the fact that it holds Ian Curtis’ last recorded songs, released two months after his suicide. The consistently bleak lyrics across the album hint at Curtis’ demise, and the entire album makes me want to get drunk and shout the lyrics at anyone in the close vicinity. But maybe that’s just me. The remastered 2007 version is even more intense to listen to. Songs I’d recommend include Isolation, Twenty Four Hours and Heart And Soul, where Curtis remarks “existence, well, what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can/the past is now part of my future. the present is well out of hand.” This album is highly recommended by many ‘Top Albums…’ lists by a range of different newspapers and blogs, and is definitely worth a listen. You’ll understand why it’s so highly rated.

Sigur Ros – Untitled / ()

This album is unique to the others on the list; purely for the fact that there are no definite lyrics. The album is written in ‘Hopelandic’; a language created by the band based on their Icelandic roots. However, the atmosphere created by this album is nothing short of spine-tingling. This album reeks beauty, and to particularly enjoy it, try watching 6am In New York, a short film by Carmen Vidal featuring the 4th Untitled song on the album. This album is perfect for winter walks or crying alone in the foetal position in bed*. Listen to this album on spotify, or if the songs particularly strike a chord deep within you, the physical copy of the album includes a blank lyric booklet for each person to scribble down their own lyrical interpretations of each song. Personally, I’m desperate to find more people who have done this so I can read their individual interpretations of the same songs.

(*I’d like to note that these reviews are definitely not based on my own personal experiences of listening to these albums. Definitely not.)

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TOP FIVE READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL 2011 UP AND COMING ACTS

1. The Joy Formidable

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Reading Timings used: Saturday, Main Stage

The Welsh Trio finally starting to get the recognition that they deserve, if you haven’t seen them already they can’t be missed – but they are better in an indoor venue, not that this gig wont be brilliant. Trust me you wont be disappointed.

For Those Who Like: Sonic Youth and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Tracks: The Last Drop, The Greatest Light Is the Greatest Shade and Whirring

http://www.myspace.com/thejoyformidable

2. Cults

Saturday, Festival Republic Stage

Lo-fi Pop from New York, Cults have an addictive up beat sound and vocals captured best in Go Outside the lead track from their first album. It will be interesting to see if they can pull it off live.

For Those Who Like: Belle And Sebastian

Best Tracks: Go Outside, Most Wanted and Oh My God

http://www.myspace.com/cultscultscults

3. Dutch Uncles

Saturday, Festival Republic Stage

Manchester based indie group on their second album, Cadenza is a very complex record which deserves more people to descover the Dutch Uncles, it only reached 174 in the Uk album charts. Also Listen to Face In.

For Those Who Like: Radiohead and Foals

Best Tracks: Cadenza, Face In and X-O

http://www.myspace.com/dutchuncles

4. Smith Westerns

Saturday, Festival Republic Stage

The Smith Westerns are well worth a listen although they appear to clash with Everything Everything in The NME Tent. Their brand of Garage/Glam Indie Rock should tempt away from the main venues, listen to the second album first.

For Those Who Like: David Bowie and Suede

Best Tracks: Weekend, End Of The Night and Imagine Pt. 3

http://www.myspace.com/smithwesterns

5. Tribes

Sunday, Festival Republic Stage

A Recent Discovery with only an Ep, We Were Children to their name thus far with a debut album in the works.  They have a big future ahead of them and aren’t a band that you should miss at this year’s Festival.

For Those Who Like: Anything Brit-pop and Pavement

Best Tracks: Sappho, Girlfriend and We Were Children

http://www.myspace.com/tribesband

By Oscar B. Wilson

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TOP 35 SONGS OF 2009

CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW

My Festive Firty from two years ago, this year was so packed that it turned into a list of 75, this has therefore meant it is a lot harder to condense it down to 25 songs. Still keeping to a maximum of two songs per band I eventually managed to reach a top 35 songs…

1. Bombay Bicycle Club – Cancel On Me

A black and white image depicts a man being thrown into the air above a crowd of people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DupcdHAkjSU

2. White Lies – Farewell To The Fairground

Three pipes can be seen rising out of the ground, in front of a black and white street backdrop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlmSqyMT0FQ

3. The Joy Formidable – The Last Drop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR8jgogxgUw

4. The Horrors – Do You Remember

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpynVCgUHgA

5. Warpaint – Elephants

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOFxb0F2F2A

6. Noah And The Whale – The First Days Of Spring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szbB-vLVnoQ

7. Jamie T – The Man’s Machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HFbk1gDpy0

8. The Cribs – We Share The Same Skies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DbcAl3EbIs

9. Camera Obscura – French Navy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3CkfvYMCWM

10. The Temper Trap – Sweet Desposition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKjOOR9sPU

11. The Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfZXQ16yPPU

12. White Lies – Death

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTh9IuSTOY0

13. Maximo Park – Calm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gYcUYdR0To

14. The Horrors – Who Can Say

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNjcSgU0Nrg

15. The XX – Crystalised

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pib8eYDSFEI

16. Florence And The Machine – Cosmic Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EIeUlvHAiM

17. Local Natives – Wide Eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmefFcRJbXE

18. Red Light Company – With Lights Out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR8GQXHkbqI

19. Bombay Bicycle Club – The Hill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuV8iPI6uhI

20. Editors – You Don’t Know Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaH_S8wWf0c

21. Mumford And Sons – The Cave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNy8llTLvuA

22. Doves – Kingdom Of Rust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFM0pUn4dcA

23. Jamie T – Sticks ‘N’ Stones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9APEZMeH0o

24. The Maccabees – Young Lions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-CLnXd6Fyw

25. Animal Collective – My Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zol2MJf6XNE

26. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmGNo8RL5kM

27. Kasabian – Underdog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw09tAcNB0Q

28. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQRpCa2xaOU

29. The Veils – The Letter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpkJ0WFM7XU

30. Passion Pit – Make Light

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w850Z_rKJ0

31. Phoenix – Lisztomania

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BJDNw7o6so

32. Gaoler’s Daughter – Jumbo Jet

http://www.myspace.com/gaolersdaughter

33. Memory Tapes – Bicycle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSRXbj-mYKc

34. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPXDJQkuWeA

35. Fuck Buttons – Surf Solar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hQXSsbQCMs

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TOP 25 SONGS OF 2010

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This is a personal opinion on what I think are the 25 best songs released in 2010, from either singles, EP’s or albums with a maximum of two songs per band. I have compilations of the top 50’s, 75’s and 25’s of the past ten years in remembrance of the late John Peel whom presented the Festive Fifty from 1976 to 2003 until his death in 2004. Here are my choices…

1. Foals – Spanish Sahara

A number of people are swimming under water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaVE4WVlsDQ

2. Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLK4oaXUuLg

3. Klaxons – Echoes

A cat is portrayed in a spacesuit in front of a flag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJgOLu5iAFs

4. Warpaint – Undertow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMkqbY0oGKQ

5. Standard Fare – Philadelphia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcPcl66AfqE

6. Everything Everything – Qwerty Finger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-hOTutTcyc

7. Chapel Club – All The Eastern Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkYjjbgU5mw

8. The Courteeners – The Opener

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57-7ryuWlhU

9. Big Troubles – Bite Yr Tongue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPUaIsUCDwQ

10. Dog Is Dead – Glockenspiel Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syXuShts19A

11. The Kissaway Trail – New Lipstick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3wL1rCPQ90

12. Efterklang – Modern Drift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDKTU7oVdqU

13. Two Door Cinema Club – Eat That Up, It’s Good For You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcmlshqyQ_s

14. Yesayer – I Remember

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBLZLdKxf8

15. Foals – Black Gold

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJBGwMOmFvc

16. Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F2e9fmYL7Y

17. Chew Lips – Rising Tide

http://www.youtube.com/user/chewlipstheband?blend=12&ob=5#p/u/0/vdoJybdA5nc live version

18. Egyptian Hip Hop – Moon Crooner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqvEGLcQuD8

19. The Courteeners – Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXHaLDdh0AY

20. Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTjTPlek0Gs

21. Pull In Emergency – Everything Is The Same

http://www.myspace.com/pullinemergency

22. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfySK7CLEEg

23. Goldheart Assembly – King Of Rome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXQiY7vvP3Y

24. Surfer Blood – Swim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-c5grn5OKg

25. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oI27uSzxNQ

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