It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2015 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 hosting takeovers from the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
Continuing our annual end of year tradition we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next take over comes from an act we’ve almost seen as much as the ones we manage, we love The Broken Oak Duet. Seriously one of the best bands around. You will never grow tiresome of these two, the hardworking 2-piece are about to rightfully receive the break they deserve, these talented musicians are on the edge of stealing Don Cab’s fanbase. They blend the perfect drums/baritone guitar combination and will make you move to their insane beats. It’s precise intellectual instrumentation and we can’t get enough. It’s been a rewarding year for the pair and soon we will all be enjoying their new album. We hand over to Howard to find out more about his year in music.
1. USA Nails – No Pleasure
This was the most immediately encapsulating album I’ve heard in years. Noisy and angular, yet hooky with it. I stumbled across them at Arctangent, to then spot the ex-Kong/Oceansize chap, and found it simply irresistible and relatable. I Am In A Van, Make Me Art… too many good songs to list. We need them to come to Worcester.
2. Hey Colossus – Radio Static High
Embarrassingly, I hadn’t heard Hey Colossus until this year. I’ve flicked through their records at Supersonic a fair few times, but now I’ve seen the light. Kraut-y, doom-y goodness. And such good tone, it’s not funny.
3. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie
I heard Pears For Lunch on 6music earlier in the year and couldn’t quite believe it was on the radio, if I’m honest. At first, I wasn’t sure about the album, but like a lot of Liars’ albums, it’s a real grower.
4. Jaga Jazzist – Starfire
What We Must is one of my favourite albums of all time, so they’ll always struggle to top that, but Starfire is pretty special. It’s more synth-heavy in parts, but that’s a very good thing. I still need to see them live, annoyingly.
5. Lianne La Havas – Blood
What is there to say? The best voice to come out of England in decades. And now she has Jamie Lidell (one of my idols) writing with her and works with Prince. Completely justified.
6. Holly Herndon – Platform
This is art and music combined on another level. They not much I can say. Something else.
7. British Sea Power – Sea of Brass
My grandad brought me up on brass band and dance band music. We saw the Grimethorpe Colliery Band earlier this year and it made a little sad that there were so few of the younger generation in the audience. The volume and majesty reminded me of the likes of Sunn O))) and Mogwai. So when British Sea Power reworked some of their songs with brass, I was a very happy man.
Reissue of the year
Pissed Jeans – Shallow
That doesn’t need explaining.
Gigs of the Year
Hey Colossus @ The Firefly, Worcester – possibly the best gig I’ve ever seen in my home town.
Richard Dawson and Holly Herndon @ Supersonic Festival
Deerhoof @ Arctangent
Best show we played:
I really struggle with this one, but Tramlines was pretty special.
Plans for the new year:
Release Terrain! The pressing waiting times are painful, but it’s so close I can almost taste it. Then we’re hoping to tour it. I should probably mention that we’re both getting married to (not to each other), just to save our bacon.
A huge thank you and we cannot wait to hear and own Terrain! See you at every show possible next year.