List item: Listen to the 1000 Most Acclaimed Albums
Title: Person Pitch
Artist: Panda Bear
Time to reap on one of the major benefits of extending this list – when I get super busy at work and have limited time in the evenings, I am able to cross off an album I know well. One that I have played off and on ever since it came out and have had a really good time revisiting – at the same time as replaying my favourite tracks from Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Person Pitch is an odd album to pigeon-hole into a genre. In many ways, the music is reminiscent of the type of psychedelic pop you’d find on a Beach Boys record. However this is a profoundly modern (albeit lo-fi) affair with mos of the sounds being made up of loops, samples and sound effects. The vocals are delivered dreamily as we sweep through long tracks that begin with an owl hooting and end with a baby crying.
‘Bros’, the twelve and a half minute centrepiece of the album is one of my favourite tracks out there. It’s one of those rare super-long songs where you feel that none of the time is wasted. I am not entirely sure what the song is about, but is something the is truly beautiful. Then you have ‘Ponytail’ at the end, which will always have a special place in my heart as it formed part of the first mix-tape I sent to my husband when we started dating.
Later Panda Bear albums never quite captured the magic of Person Pitch – although I did enjoy his follow-up Tomboy. Then again, it could be argued that ‘My Girls’ and ‘Brother Sport’ on Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion are the proper sequel tracks to Person Pitch. Sure, they are credited to the band as a whole, but they feel so thematically and sonically similar to Panda Bear’s work on Person Pitch that it’s hard to not draw a line.
It’s the end of 2015! What a year it’s been for me. Marriage. Honeymoon in Japan. It’s going to be one of those years I will always remember.
Also, what a crop of music! I guess the older you get, the more artists you love begin to culminate. Still, for my music taste, it has been exceptional. So I figured why not pre-empt future updates on the Acclaimed Albums list, and a possible expansion of that list when I reach 100%, by going through the music of 2015 followed by a Top 20?
Did Not Chart
I listened to a lot of music this year. According to Last.fm, this might be the most varied I have ever been when it comes to sheer number of different tracks. This means that there are quite a few albums that did not crack my personal Top 20.
One I am going to rather obviously point out is Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. This is the album that will appear on the next update of the list. I know that this makes me some sort of musical philistine, but this is where I am with rap albums. No matter how acclaimed or important it is… I just can’t get to the heart of it. Also, the liberal use of the n-word just makes me plain uncomfortable. I did like ‘King Kunta’ though.
Now, for the main event. My Top 20 albums of 2015!
#20 – Platform by Holly Herndon
#19 – Wildheart by Miguel
#18 – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper by Panda Bear
#17 – Endless Vacation by Annie
#16 – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett
#15 – Blackbirds by Gretchen Peters
#14 – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + The Machine
#13 – Hairless Toys by Roisin Murphy
#12 – Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter
#11 – Natalie Prass by Natalie Prass
#10 – Currents by Tame Impala
#9 – M3LL155X by FKA twigs
#8 – In Colour by Jamie xx
#7 – Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen
#6 – Divers by Joanna Newsom
#5 – Vulnicura by Bjork
#4 – FROOT by Marina & The Diamonds
#3 – Art Angels by Grimes
#2 – Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
#1 – I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty