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Everett True’s Top 5 albums of 2010

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I know how you all enjoy lists. And how secretly, deep down, you believe that music IS a competition. The other day, someone – the BBC website, actually – asked me for my Top 5 albums of 2010. Initially, I got all sniffy about it and wasn’t going to send any… but then figured it’s a good (if crass) way to publicise some of the bands I like. So I came up with an entirely arbitrary list in around 20 seconds, and thought you might enjoy reading it.

At least two of these albums I haven’t listened to the entire way through.

Agent Ribbons – Chateau Crone
Texan two-piece Agent Ribbons are the band of your dreams. A little bit of 50s doo wop style, a whole lot of passion, a truck-load of genius harmonies, a smattering of Gothic ennui and a voice to call down the ghost of Johnny Ray with. Home-made. Hand-knit. Intimate. They tour vigilante-style in a Chevy Astro. They like to play dress-up. They love The Boswell Sisters and The Shaggs. They write songs about Pinocchio (‘The Boy With The Wooden Lips’). They swoon like Clara Bow. Dame Darcy draws their covers.

My Disco – Little Joy
There is the one simple trick that this Melbourne three-piece pull on their third album, repeatedly – and it’s a devastating one. Restraint. Repetition. Repetition. My Disco understand that a wig-out isn’t a wig-out until it’s been pummelled into the ground, unmercifully – the longer the better.

kyü – kyü
Songs engage with a fierce pop sensibility, all the while throwing in a mesmerising diorama of sounds and musical instruments: fluttering wing-movements and stuttering synth breaks and fluting woodwind and those stunning voices, cajoling and caressing and crying and begging and enticing.

Mountain Man – Made The Harbor
Remember the scenes in Cold Mountain with the white Southern a cappella church choirs block singing, the cadences more important than the melodies? That approach resonates through the voices of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath, yet with something added. It’s a solemn joy – you feel privileged to be listening.

Tunabunny – Tunabunny
The greatest band from Athens, Georgia since Pylon; Tunabunny songs are half-songs are fuller songs than most songs around for the simple reason that they haven’t had the spirit and imagination and inspiration bashed and bullied out of them.

kyü photography: Tom Hall

10 Responses to Everett True’s Top 5 albums of 2010

  1. David November 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Mountain Man are beautiful. I really like Kyu, too – if you like them, I recommend Parades from Sydney, and their album “Foreign Tapes”. Alex from Kyu has toured with them a fair bit as a vocalist and keyboardist.

  2. Lauren November 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I adore Agent Ribbons. Château Crone is amazing!

  3. RBeth November 28, 2010 at 2:17 am

    You are the best music critic out there because you aren’t just a music geek, you’re a fantastic writer. Instead of just saying “this song is the best b/c blah blah blah” you write like a poet, using analogy and confession and imagery to relate your message, and I can’t think of another critic of any kind that does that.

    I always wondered why yours were the only “reviews” at it were, or critiques, that I enjoyed reading. Took me fifteen years to pinpoint it, but there you go.

    Then again I always was your biggest fan. Now, at least, I know why! 🙂


  4. C. November 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Seriously? It’s not even December yet…

  5. Everett True November 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

    No. Not that seriously. Didn’t you read the intro to this blog entry?

  6. Rebecca November 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    My Disco and Kyu are my two top faves, closely followed by Magic Silver White (if EPs count)

  7. Tim Footman November 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    “…the cadences more important than the melodies.”

    You sound as if you understand music. Hand back your critical accreditation now, sir!

  8. Princess Stomper December 9, 2010 at 6:43 am

    What, no Foetus? 🙂

    Hmm … need to convince someone to buy me that Agent Ribbons album.

  9. Ruth December 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Love both Kyü and Mountain Man, two of my favourite albums this year. Also loving the Super Wild Horses album, which I picked up from one of Mr. True’s recommendations.

  10. Darragh December 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the Agent Ribbon’s recommendation, I got a copy and it is amazing. Kyu and My Disco are also great records.

    Did you ever get your paws on the Otouto record?

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