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Our Top 10 Records Of 2016

10. Brian Fallon - Painkillers

We were as gutted as everyone else when The Gaslight Anthem called it a day (let's just pretend ‘Get Hurt’ never happened), but Brian Fallon came back this year with a solo album. 

This solo project is more americana alt-rock than previous work but Mr Fallon hasn't lost that punk edge we all loved from his band's output. There are some great singalong choruses here and although it's not going to replace the hole that The Gaslight Anthem has left it's still a very worthy listen.

 

 

 

 

 9. Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

This is Greta Kline's second LP under the Frankie Cosmos moniker. One - Two minute long blasts of bedroom indie pop with personal and sincere lyrics about her experiences in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 8. Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp

Solo Project of Michelle Zauner formally of the equally excellent 'Little Big League' .This is more dream pop than emo tinged indie rock but with much darker lyrical content. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial

Perhaps guilty of a bit of self promotion here but we didn't want to set up a merch store for these guys because they make 'ok' music. After making a name for themselves through a load of albums self released on bandcamp Teens of Denial marks their first album of new material for Matador and it's rightly getting a lot of positive attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Tiny Moving Parts - Celebrate

Math rock, pop punk & emo rolled in to one, what's not to like? This is Tiny Moving Parts third album and in our opinion their strongest yet and a return to form after 'Pleasant Living'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Crying - Beyond The Fleeting Gales

This is Crying's debut album and it's probably the most 'fun' record on our list. I've heard it described as the music Jackson 5 would have made if they were an indie rock band and I like that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Mitski - Puberty 2

Listen to 'Your Best American Girl' if that doesn't get your attention you probably won't like this record. A great rock record which covers issues such as anxiety and feeling out of place, Mitski's take on 'happy' as a fleeting feeling which is not worth pursuing is highly relatable. Possibly not a summer album...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. PUP - The Dream Is Over

We had big hopes for this album after the banger that was PUP's self titled record. This album surpasses that. Expect to find yourself singing (shouting) along and fist pumping when you are hit with anthem after anthem. Best pop punk album of the year (sorry Jeff).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Pinegrove - Cardinal

 A good friend told me to check out Pinegrove before 'Cardinal' was released which of course I ignored (one thing you're not short of is new music to listen to when you run a record store). I wish I hadn't now as it would have increased my hipster cred to the next level, a las. 

It's hard to describe this album to someone without doing it an injustice. The best advice I can give is to listen to it. The songwriting and lyrics are excellent and there are enough hooks and singalong moments to keep you interested throughout the whole record.

 

 

 

1. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

A real stand out from 2016 and our number 1 album is the extremely unique (at least for anything released in the last decade) debut record from Whitney. A Laid back, easy going album which is excellent from start to finish. The delicate instrumentation and beautiful harmonies will make you forget what it was you were stressed about in the first place. I can see this album being looked back on very favourably in years to come.