Writing more about music was a goal of mine for the year. I’ve bought eleven albums so far this year and although nothing has been truly groundbreaking (something I’d listen to for a month straight) there have been some standouts.
As an aside, I’m tracking all my album purchases this year along with how many times they are listened to (on a computer or iPod like device) in order to better understand habits and standout music for albums. Why do I do this? Well, music is borderline obsessive for me and it’s fun to look back at what happened throughout a year. I’ll continually link to the list as it grows; if there’s an album that you’re curious about, just drop me a line and I’ll either review it on Redmarketer or send you an email with some description.
Anyway, a standout has been Beach House’s Teen Dream. It sounds kind of spacey and tripped out, but it’s great music to chill to. It’s also only $8 and comes with a DVD that has professional videos for each song. Truth be told, I haven’t watched it yet but that’s a steal. The first track is the best on the album and it had me entranced for a week or so.
It seems like a lot of the bands that make splashes today have some sort of electronic/obscure feel to them. MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective and Yeasayer have all made waves. The only one of those that kept my attention was MGMT, who have a new album coming out, with a nice cover. These are different types of music than what I grew up with and it’s interesting that so much of pop culture has ran with it. It’ll be interesting to see if the trend continues. I can say I saw Yeasayer live and they were lethal, I think this type of music may be a better feel live, but that’s just my opinion.