5. Girls - Album (September 22, 2009)(Surfer Pop/Indie Rock/Beach Punk)
Album on Amazon
Girls - Summertime (MP3) (link removed by request)
4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - S/T (February 3, 2009)
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Stay Alive (MP3) (link removed by request)
Pains of Being Pure at Heart on Amazon
3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (October 5, 2009)
Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul (MP3) (link removed by request)
Sigh No More on Amazon
Bitte Orca on Amazon
Dirty Projectors - Temecula Sunrise (MP3) (link removed by request)
1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (January 9, 2009)
I think from the second Animal Collective's fourth full-length played through on my itunes at the beginning of this year - i knew that if it didn't place very highly on my end of year list, then it would have been by some distance the best year for music the world had ever seen. Its a fairly unanimous album of the year for most - from a well-established band who, via one album release, have turned their attentions from pleasing their hardcore band of followers to challenging the listening habits of all of us with smaller attention spans. Using a combination of whirlwind synths, heavy stabbing bass beats and barely within time scatty electronic rhythms - graced with the emotionless vocals and psychedelic senseless lyrics, Animal Collective have made one of the most innovative musical steps of this year. My Girls is a runaway track of 2009 for me, and no matter how much Pitchfork stick I might get for this list I am in no way ashamed to let Animal Collective top it. They gave me one of the best gigs of my life at Glastonbury Festival, and a truly forward thinking album. I can't thank this band enough for Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Read my original posts on this band.
Animal Collective - My Girls (MP3) (link removed by request)
Merriweather Post Pavilion on Amazon