This is All Yours by ∆
[Above video is NSFW] I didn’t think the band at #17 would be able to stand the test of time. I thought ∆ (Alt J) had worked five years to put together one awesome album (which made it all the way up to #2 on the 2012 Top 31) and then they’d fizzle out. I even mentioned the band in the 2013 Top 31 when talking about Majical Cloudz, saying:
…in a year, I’ll look back and laugh to myself at the fact that [some albums are] on the countdown at all, kinda like I did a couple weeks ago when I discovered that I’d put ∆ at #2 on the Calendar last year.
I had all but written them off. And they had to go and prove me wrong. This is All Yours, their second album, is as good as their first in many ways, better than their first in a handful of ways as well. It sounds less quirky than the first, but somehow manages to build on what was started, making an even more bold statement. They managed to take all that was good about the first album and expand outward, breaking new ground while creating something wholly “Alt-J” sounding.
The vocals are unmistakable. The tones of the instruments being played all sound familiar. Yet there are 14 new songs here for your enjoyment. Here’s another video from the new album, this time for the song “Hunger of the Pine.” (It’s also kinda NSFW, but for violence, not nudity.) If you liked ∆’s first album, you’ll love this one. I promise.
18. Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers
19. Only Run by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
20. Augustines by Augustines
21. El Pintor by Interpol
22. I Never Learn by Lykke Li
23. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes by Thom Yorke
24. The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
25. Voices by Phantogram
26. Morning Phase by Beck
27. Hungry Ghosts by OK Go
28. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
29. Cosmos by Yellow Ostrich
30. Teeth Dreams by The Hold Steady
31. With Light & With Love by Woods