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Sound of 2010 (Jan-Dec)

Gannon
 
King Night
King Night
"Epic, primal and industrial, light and very heavy, King Night is an album of contrasts that sounds like what the conspiracy theorists hoped to find when they spun their records backwards."
Teen Dream
Teen Dream
"Sparkly melodies echo out atop stately slowdances. Intangible lyrical themes blend into softly soupy sonics, and the frosty result is as hyper-pleasantly dreamlike as one could possibly hope for."
Mountain Debris
Mountain Debris
"An echoing folk-influenced template run thorugh with shoegaze, reverb and acoustic strumming. Sounds for all the world like the first steps of a major talent."
Hidden
Hidden
"With rattling chains, latter-day Radiohead experiments in electronica, aggressive bass structures and a strangely classical overtone, Hidden hides its intentions, right up to having you by the throat."
Echo Lake
Echo Lake
"With tape-deck production and scuffed lines, this rag-tag bunch flashed back to the psychedelic 60s thanks to their strong melodies, echo-y guitar licks and Doors-like guitar pillars."
High Violet
High Violet
"Characterised by a deftness of touch, yet wholly anthemic in parts, High Violet courses with choruses, gauging when best to land a killer blow."
THE MONITOR
THE MONITOR
"Unexpected American Civil War-themed follow up to The Monitor, , the project comes to a head with drunken-punk, Pogues-like ramshackle charm."
Sports
Sports
"This is indie rock where indie still means independent, the stress is on rock – that rock is loud – and the whole lot is fuzzed out to hell."
Concepts
Concepts
"Full of Wire-like tension, New Order riffs and driven by drum machine, Concepts pulses with rival chords, most tracks finishing breathlessly short."
The Wild Hunt
The Wild Hunt
"High calibre, Dylan-inspired folk unafraid to take in a little country despite being Swedish."
Tendrils
Tendrils
"With strong lo-fi, acoustic-folk overtones, huge melodies and a bouncy jangle, Dignan Porch echo out some fine psych-pop on Tendrils."
Everything In Between
Everything In Between
"Blasts of feedback smash into Fugazi fuzz, smashed sonics into Sonic Youth’s melody to create a crazy party album for crazy party animals."
Heavy Days
Heavy Days
"Imagine squeezing Dinosaur Jr and Hüsker Dü into the same car and crashing it into Kyuss's own cactus. Fans of Japandroids will also find their time very well spent here too."
Condors
Condors
"Out-of-nowhere dub/trip/shoegaze hybrid which is half wonky, speaker-bothering stuff, half Portishead-like ambience."
The Age Of Adz
The Age Of Adz
"Follows his recent trajectory exploring experimental electronica/folk crossovers, often with dazzling results. There are few better practitioners around."
Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
"Like a faltering memory hanging on hazy rhythms, beckoning devotion almost subliminally, these dreamscapes come bathed in shimmering beauty."
The Golden Archipelago
The Golden Archipelago
"Gently lapping in places, crashing in like a storm elsewhere, this epic folk-rocker proves something special indeed."
In Evening Air
In Evening Air
"A highly likeable post-punk collection beset with rising/falling organ-drone, new-wave synths and echoing drum machine patterns."
Streets Of Our Time
Streets Of Our Time
"Loveable, warm folk that wears its heart on its plaid sleeve. A more rounded, huggable running order you are unlikely to find. Timeless"
Swanlights
Swanlights
"Doesn’t quite have the highs of last year’s The Crying Light, but this inimitably fluttery singer-songwriter is still very much on form."
Before Today
Before Today
"Former lo-fi socialite goes over-ground with varied psych-pop. Pink grabs the chance to bask in the sunlight with both hands."
End Times
End Times
"Another tear-jerking release from the master storyteller. End Times is the second part of a trilogy focusing on desire, loss and redemption."
Hippies
Hippies
"Perfectly pitched garage-rock in the Black Lips vein with generous reverb, bar-room bounce and under-produced appeal."
Grey Oceans
Grey Oceans
"Freak-folk sisters finally iron out an entirely enjoyable exercise in experimental electronics. Their best to date."
Nothing Hurts
Nothing Hurts
"Wholly viable, Sub Pop-signed UK pretender to US garage-rock scene. Fuzzy."