1. Yellow Minute
The key word here is anticipated, and you better believe I have anticipated this album for well over a year now. I first got my taste of the new material at The Sail Inn, April 9th 2011. I remember this date, because I left the inaugural Soundwave Music Festival early to catch the performance. At the time, there may have been 3 or so songs played that will actually make the upcoming album. Since that night, I have been one of Yellow Minute’s biggest fans and have watched them evolve gaining band members, losing band members, releasing new hit song after new hit song, and now finally recording an album. I’m not hiding anything, Yellow Minute lead singer, Sean Brennan, is a friend of mine and may personally sway my opinion to put their band at number one, but I am friends with people in lots of the bands releasing albums this year, so fuck you. Like a fine wine, a good album takes time to really come together, especially when you are starting without a band and only songs.
2. Dry River Yacht Club
Okay, so say Sean Brennan was some asshole that I did not know. Not hard for me to imagine, but at the same time glad it is not the case. If it was the case, perhaps Garnet and I would frolic around together arm in arm, but then again it can be hard for me to get intimate. However, it is not hard for me to get intimate with the sounds of Dry River Yacht Club. When I see them live, I want to grab every soul (male or female) not dancing and gyrate on their leg. I would do this in a very friendly sort of way that I do not think would cause too much discomfort. Note to self: overcome the hurdle of my gyrations causing discomfort. But seriously, Dry River Yacht Club is an orgy of instruments tied together by a soul of submissiveness with a voice and sound to overcome any vulnerability. I expect their next album to release my inner demons, and allow me to gyrate on any leg I damn well please in a manner acceptable to all.
3. Wooden Indian
I can already feel the looks of disdain at my previous posts from Wooden Indian, and I greatly appreciate that. These guys have every right to judge my shortcomings, because what they create with their music is ornate, studied, and thought provoking. I like to think it is effortless on their part, and I also like to think I am correct in this assessment, but every time I hear them I am thoroughly impressed by how clean they sound. You can sense great musical intelligence as thoughts run wild in your brain uninterrupted by any sort of misstep. If there even is a misstep during a performance, it seems to blend very well with the rest of what they are doing. I do not know why but it can be difficult to capture a performance like theirs to an album, but I’m sure they will wrangle their ghosts and produce something beautiful.
4. But Vessels
These men are producing some of the most forward thinking music of our generation. Want to really understand the future and the places this universe is going? Then you must understand you as well are but vessels. But Vessels has not written any one of their songs, they do not even play music, they are not even really the truth behind what music is becoming; they are but vessels. Their mysticism is up front and center, but they do not put it there; they are but vessels. With three track releases already out there, I am not sure if they are even fully conscious of these songs being real or fiction, but there is one thing for sure; these songs are not belonging to But Vessels, for they are but vessels.
5. All My Friends
Recording in its entirety at Bangarang Studios, from what I have heard in my visits during their sessions, the new album is shaping up to be something special. They have a good collection of songs, which are catchy and fun, and they seem to enjoy making the music for their sophomore contribution. This is a band who likes what they do, and are not trying to be anything outside of their own style. The raw rock sound they create is melodic and easy to enjoy. These guys are simply making the music true to who they are, and have no shame or insecurities in doing so. They are not the hipsters they appear to be, but each of them are simply just one of the guys.
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