Huw's Favourite Albums of 2009
Hello! If you heard my show in the week before Christmas, you would have heard me talking about my favourite albums of 2009. Just in case you missed it, here's a cut-out-and-keep round-up...
My favourite album of 2009. Beautiful, minimalistic, deep and extra special beats and vocals stand out a mile from everyone else.
A new producer who Mary Anne Hobbs has been championing. I heard him for the first time recently and am hooked on his beats!
Their debut album dropped this year, big joyous pop tunes without need for a guitar, made my ears very happy. THey worked hard too, gigging loads and gaining new fans.
I went on tour with this brilliant band from Leeds at the start of 2009 (with Pulled Apart by Horses) and then this came out; punchy, lyrically eloquent, big guitar indie.
The Bristol band are fast becoming cult heroes thanks to a 'playing to nobody's rules but their own' music-making manifesto, and this album on ATP (live promoters also), took their journey into sonic experimenting even further.
They did a session at the start of 2008 for my show, but the wait for this, their debut album, was well worth it. Contains my favourite single of the year, the excellent Always Like This.
It takes guts to make your second album a soundtrack to an arty film full of opera, folk, orchestras, baring your soul. This was very special indeed.
A band from San Francisco who took you by the hand, clutched you into their bosom, and cried when you stopped listening to them. Lush.
So there you have it. That's all from me. Merry Christmas and happy listening!