December 30, 2008

'08's Music to Love More Than Music: Love More, Pt. 9

Love More (<3)
Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair
The '08 Disco revolution was short lived. In fact I'm pretty sure that it was entirely confined to this album in fact. The thing with disco and the reason it died was because it was/is lifeless and completely electronic and unchanging. It's like Funk, but without the Soul. Andy Butler saw these the bad things about disco, cleaned them up and pushed a bit of the old xxx into the music and I have to say this is the sexiest album of the year. The song Blind was, and will continue to be for a very long time, my favorite song off this album. It is an epic and fully genius work art.
Hercules and Love Affair - Blind
Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules' Theme

The Indelicates - American Demo
There were few songs on this album that didn't get turned into singles, and for good reason (my count says 6 singles). The songs on this album are all pop hits, even the ones that didn't get pushed as singles or EP tracks. This is a rock band, to no doubt, so it's hard to really delve into what their sound is like without using words that have been used too many times by too many people, myself included. Heck, I even too often say "It's just good," so what do I do? The hits are hits, and the other songs are pretty good too, and I have to say I recommend it. If you go for it, you'll have these songs stuck in your head, fo sho.
The Indelicates - The Last Significant Statement To Be Made in Rock'n'Roll
The Indelicates - America

Tilly and the Wall - O
I think Tilly and the Wall have been flirting around with making album like this for a while now. In their first album, it seemed like they were just getting the hang of playing with each other, and their second album, I felt they were trying too hard to be a rock band, but this album really feels like all of them coming together and just getting comfortable with each other and focusing on sounding like them.
Tilly and the Wall - Cacophony
Tilly and the Wall - Falling Without Knowing

Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
One of the most consistently good bands in the music business today, in my opinion. Each song on this album is actually fairly short and sweet, averaging around two and a half minutes, which makes me think that a lot of time and energy went into slimming these songs down and making them pure indie rock, with no fat and no cholesterol. The songs are also quite full sounding without sounding over produced. All these things said, I think it's a brilliant album, but I don't find myself being drawn to it, so I can't place it any higher on my list than this.
Tokyo Police Club - Centennial
Tokyo Police Club - In a Cave

The Dø - A Mouthful
This album caught me earlier this year, and every time someone, at some point over the year, asked me what was one of the best albums to have been released this year, I brought this one out. There are indie-hip-hop songs, there are indie folk songs, there are songs that use what appear to be traditional African rhythms, I mean, this album is a fairly hectic album, but the songs flow nicely from one to the other, so it works out in the end.
The Dø - At Last
The D
ø - Stay (Just A Little Bit More)
The D
ø - Tammie

YMCK - Family Genesis
I like Chiptune music. I'm not the biggest fan ever, but I enjoy it. I have a profound respect for a group of people who can get together and make such interesting compositions in such a limited realm. The group is made up of what has become a traditional three-person-chiptune act, meaning one person composes, one person sings, and the third person makes the music videos that go along with the live performances and double as music videos. Think that's doesn't make him a part of the group? Think again. The album is chiptune, plain and simple. If you don't like it, then this is not for you.
YMCK - 錆びた扉の第8天国 (Sabita Tobira No Dai 8 Tengoku)
YMCK - 8番目の虹 (8 Ban Me No Niji)

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