As the countdown to the end of 2014 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be featuring the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
In our end of year special we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favorite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Continuing our take over is an act we had the pleasure in stocking in our online record store specifally for this years Cassette Store Day, thanks to the lovely Little L Records, Syd Kemp are a refreshing quartet who are reaping the rewards of their talented efforts. The London based experimental, avant-garde, rock band consist of Syd Kemp (guitar and vocals), Harry Bohay (drums), John Linger (bass) and Jack Milwaukee (guitar). Syd Kemp are an act defying genres, an act who build their compositions and add the perfect psychedelic lo-fi twist into their penchant for technical exuberance. We are delighted to hand over to Syd to find his favourite releases of the past 12 months..
Top 5 releases of the year
Homeshake – In the shower
Great lines, really addictive, with a great production and a nice lo-fi feeling to it.
Adult Jazz – Gist is
Reminds me of the best hours of Dirty Projectors and I like the efforts they put into making an album that is truly original in today’s UK scene.
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
They getting closer and closer to the VU spirit without even trying, it’s remarquable.
SWANS – To Be Kind
What an epic album. It’ll take me several years to get over this one.
Amazing songwriting, great production. What else?
Bonus: Separator / Widow with a missionary grin – Quilt / Held in Splendor – Alex Clader / Strange Dreams (on LLR, not Captured Tracks) – Brave Radar / Message Centre – Mac DeMarco / Salad Days – Real Estate / Atlas
The best show you have played this year
It was probably the one I did with Neils Children in Paris in January. It was packed with people really interacting with the band and knowing the songs. That was quite incredible.
The best gig you have attended
Body/Head at Cafe Oto in London was amazing. Really intense. If you don’t know the band, have a listen to get what kind of intensity I’m talking about.
Artist/Band to watch for 2015