Armordillo’s Top 10 Albums of 2010 #5-1

20 12 2010

5. Twin Shadow- Forget

Surpassing the eighties worship of this day and age, Twin shadow and Producer Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear) create an album of accomplished depth and emotion. Dark indie musings paired with a murky disco vibe make this perfect for either the bedroom or the dance floor.

4. LCD Sound System- This is Happening

One of the biggest Indie Icons of the past five years released his second masterstroke in a row.  Supposedly his last album, James Murphy continues to shed the Dance-Punk tag and brings more emotional weight to his songwriting.  Tracks such as All I Want and I Can Change show him raw and flipped on his back with his belly exposed.  This doesn’t make This is Happening any less listenable though, and of course,  there are still tracks to dance yourself clean.

3. Broken Social Scene- Forgiveness Rock Record

Bringing to the table their usual army of Guitars, Synths, Strings, Huge Hooks, and layered Songwriting, Broken Social Scene is a band everyone should know of. Shifting their approach since their self-titled album from five years earlier, production by Tortoise’s John McEntire really opens the songs up to breathe.  For that, Forgiveness is a much more spacious and light affair while still delivering a stellar batch of songs.  While initially puzzling for long time fans, this new feel allows for slowly unraveling  layers of sound  that grow on you with each listen.

2. Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

Bradford Cox and Company’s explorations into dream pop reach their Zenith by taking their lo-fidelity bedroom recording style and opening it up to the world.  Instead of masking their songs in reverb and shards of noise like in the past, they let the songs speak for themselves resulting in the most approachable album they’ve ever recorded.  Since the first time I heard this it felt like an indie classic and I don’t feel that will ever change. Well, maybe it will, if Deerhunter can ever top this.

1. Local Natives- Gorilla ManorAn Album so consistent with incredibly balanced songs where every musician plays their part so perfectly it sounds almost democratic. L.A.’s Local Natives form gorgeous, uplifting,  three-part harmonies paired with heavily percussive guitar/piano-driven folk rock.  Once Described as the West Coast Grizzly Bear, their music is much warmer and uplifting.  Local Natives try to win your heart over rather than impress, which makes for an amazing debut where start to finish.  Every song is great.

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