This week will be a short round-up of 2016 and an overview of what’s to come in 2017! First up – the important, underrated and mainstream albums of 2016…
NME named the 1975’s album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ as album of the year, and I know the general consensus is that they are deserving of this title for writing brilliant modern indie music and for putting on great live shows too.
Billboard named Adele’s album ’25’ as the Top Billboard 200 Album – Adele’s albums are always powerful and full of feeling and this lady deserves all the awards she received this year for creating yet another masterpiece and moving so many with her vocal and songwriting talent.
Today however I will be exploring a few alternative/underground albums to take note of from 2016, in no particular order.
Pinegrove – Cardinal
This is a favourite of the boys in The Yacht Club – Cardinal is a strong debut LP for the band and has been described as ‘alt-country’ due to the combination of signature ‘twang’ but with heavy and poly rhythms you’ll really enjoy.
Below is their Audiotree session of song Cadmium – it was a Tuesday Tune a while back but totally deserves another mention!
Into It. Over It. – Standards
American Emo band Into It. Over It. produced this masterpiece in 2016 – a beautiful homage by Evan Weiss to keeping young and staying emo. Their double-album playthrough at The Lexington a month ago was one of the best gigs of 2016 for me and this album is a must-listen!
Below is their wonderfully quirky video of No EQ
Vulfpeck – The Beautiful Game
For me, Vulfpeck consistently roll out energetic yet totally chill albums and this one is no different. It’s great to hear some familiar voices from their previous album/EPs, and although some reviews feel there’s a lack of coherence, I view Vulf’s variety as a positive point.
Below is their song Dean Town which has been picked as the highlight from The Beautiful Game by some reviewers and it certainly shows off their musical talent. I also love Vulf’s unique music videos which involve filming/editing in a lo-fi style and showing the band just playing.
Other notable albums from this year include:
Metallica – Hardwired To Self-Destruct
A new Metallica album could have gone one of two ways and luckily Hardwired to Self Destruct has been praised by many of their fans as some of their best music in decades.
David Bowie – Blackstar
Bowie’s final album has to have a place in important albums of this year as I feel it was something for fans to try and understand his wild mind a little better… however it also left more unanswered questions, leaving this legend an enigma at death as in life.