It’s nearing the end of Summer and soon we’ll have a load of fresh Autumn releases. But before we get there, I thought I’d have a look back on some of my favourite albums of 2016 so far.
5. Yak – Alas Salvation
I’m normally a big fan of the shuffle button, but not when it comes to this album. Each track just flows into the next. It’s been put together perfectly.
There’s a really good blend of heavier and softer songs. I think the slight randomness of some tracks, like Alas Salvation and Curtain Twitcher, make this album so unique. There’s at least one song for every rock fan on here.
Admitedly, it did take me a few listens to get into Yak, but I’m so glad I gave them a chance. The low-fi vocals and harsh riffs gives the band a strong garage rock sound. Alas Salvation is one of the best debut albums I’ve heard for a very long time.
4. Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
From the brilliant basslines to the soft synth used, this album is simply beautiful. The mix between male and female vocals gives Sunflower Bean a really unique sound.
Again, there’s such a wide range of songs on this record but it all fits together so well. Easier Said and Human Ceremony are delicate and melodic. While other tracks like, I Was Home and Wall Watcher are much more bold with thrumming riffs and drum beats. Come On, in particular, has me singing and dancing every time.
I think this album is perfect to accompany any mood you’re in. It’s so easy to get lost in the mesmorising instrumentals. Sunflower Bean deserve much more reconition.
3. VANT – KARMER SEEKER EP
Technically this isn’t an album, but it’s more than a single and that’s good enough for me. Every time I think VANT can’t get any better, they prove me wrong. The title track, Karma Seeker, opens the EP. You can read my review of the single here.
Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Berners Lee has the band’s typical energetic vibe. This is carried on through Jesus Was A Conman.
Some of the lyrics on this track, as well as Birth Certificate, showcase just how fantastic the band’s values are. The open-mindedness is beautiful. We need more bands like VANT.
2. The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect
After disappearing for way too long, The Last Shadow Puppets came back with this exceptional release. Their unique sound is really emphasised on this record. The strings behind the fantastic vocals of Alex and Miles add such a magical tone.
My favourite song changes every time I listen to this album. From the bouncy tracks Aviation and Bad Habits, to the ballads Sweet Dreams, TN and The Dream Synopsis, there’s not one I don’t love.
Each is a masterpiece in it’s own way and they all sound just as brilliant live. You can read about the night I saw the band here.
1. Spring King – Tell Me If You Like To
As cliché as it sounds, for at least a month after it’s release, Tell Me If You Like To was all I listened too. The incredible drum beats and anthemic choruses create such a positive vibe.
I just want to dance every time I hear the instrumental in Who Are You?. But Spring King still bring those fantastic, raw emotions through their slightly slower tracks. Demons has very relatable lyrics and the transation from It’s So Dark into Take Me Away is beautiful.
Some use of synth and low-fi effects on the vocals give each track the band’s signature sound. This album is so enchanting to listen too from start to finish. If this is where Spring King have started, I’m insanely excited for album number 2.
So those are my top 5 albums of 2016 so far! I think they’re going to be hard to beat, but nevertheless I can’t wait for more new music later this year.