Saturday, January 9, 2016

Top 30 Albums of 2015

30. Los Kowalski - Sputnik EP

29. Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP

28. Buick 6 - Plays Well with Others

26. Metric - Pagans in Vegas

25. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

24. Dana Falconberry - The Lowering Night EP

23. Custard - Come Back, All is Forgiven

22. Chvrches - Every Open Eye

21. jennylee - Right On!

20. METZ - Metz II

19. Motherfucker - Confetti

18. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall

17. Tame Impala - Currents

16. Wire - Wire

15. Low - Ones and Sixes

14. Death Grips - The Powers That B

13. Richard Thompson - Still

12. Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi - Cold Moon

11. Erase Errata - Lost Weekend

10. No Joy - More Faithful

9. Battles - La Di Da Di

8. Lower Dens - Escape from Evil

7. Viet Cong - Viet Cong

6. Le Butcherettes - A Raw Youth

5. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

4. Spectres - Dying

3. Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again

2. Torres - Sprinter

1. Lady Lamb - After


Friday, January 8, 2016

Custard - Come Back, All is Forgiven

Custard didn't announce Come Back, All is Forgiven until it was recorded and a few months away from release, which was smart; enough time to adjust to the reality that 2015 will see a new Custard album, but not enough to build up unreasonable expectations.

The first thing that struck me about Come Back, All is Forgiven was how much like Custard it sounds like, which wasn't a given after 16 years away from the studio. It's an older Custard, obviously, and sounds like it. While the familiar wit lingers in the lyrics, a certain world weariness has crept in, while musically, a lot of the immediacy has been traded in for a more slow burning approach. It's a trade-off, but a worthwhile one. A younger Custard simply couldn't have conceived "We Are the Parents (Our Parents Warned Us About") and "Get In Your Car" among others. More than one song on Come Back, All is Forgiven addresses 90s nostalgia, but the album is far from an exercise in it.


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