Playlists Archive

Back To School – Summer 2017

Back To School, our new playlist and digital collage featuring new releases from this past Summer.

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Back to School 2017 - digital collage and GIF by GoodMorninCaptn

featuring:

  1. Will Stratton (NY, US) — “Some Ride” from ‘Rosewood Almanac‘ out on Bella Union.
  2. sóley (IS) — “Never Cry Moon” from Endless Summer’ out on Morr Music.
  3. Seabuckthorn (UK) — “Near Translucent” from ‘Turns’ out on Lost Tribe Sound.
  4. Raoul Vignal (Lyon, FR) — “Hazy Days” from ‘The Silver Veil’ out on Talitres.
  5. Juana Molina (AR) — “Cosoco” from ‘Halo’ out on Crammed Discs.
  6. Do Make Say Think (official) (Toronto, CA) — “Bound And Boundless” from ‘Stubborn Persistent Illusions’ out on Constellation Records.
  7. Noga Erez (ISR) — “Dance While You Shoot” from ‘Off the Radar’ out on City Slang.
  8. Orval Carlos Sibelius (FR) — “Cœur de verre” from ‘Ordre et progrès’ out on Born Bad Records.
  9. Jason Loewenstein (of Sebadoh, US) — “Superstitious” from ‘Spooky Action’ out on Joyful Noise Recordings.
  10. Palm (Philadelphia, PA, US) — “Walkie Talkie” from ‘Shadow Expert’ EP out on Carpark Records.
  11. Tom Adams (Berlin, DE) — “Sparks” from ‘Silence’ out on Kowloon Records.
  12. Arca (VZ/UK) — “Anoche” from ‘Arca’ out on XL Recordings.
  13. Jessica Moss (of A Silver Mt Zion, Montreal, CA) — “Glaciers I (Pt I)” from ‘Pools Of Light’ out on Constellation Records.
  14. Tiny Vipers (Seattle, WA, US) — “K.I.S.S.” from ‘Laughter’ out on Grapefruit Records / Ba Da Bing! Records.
  15. Orson Hentschel (Düsseldorf, DE) — “Paradise Future” from ‘Electric Slutter’ out on Denovali.
  16. Mutual Benefit (USA) — “Glow Worms” from ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ (Vashti Bunyan cover album) out on Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription service.
  17. Yoke Lore (Brooklyn, NY, USA) — “Only You” from ‘Goodpain’ EP.
  18. H. Hawkline (Wales, UK) — “The Last Thing On Your Mind ” from I Romanticize’ out on Heavenly Recordings / [PIAS].

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Passage – February 2017 playlist

Passage“, our new playlist and digital collage, compiling new releases from January and February 2017.

Passage - February 2017 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

Passage - February 2017 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

Surprisingly, this edition tends to heavily eye California (Foxygen, Ty Segall, Xiu Xiu, Banana, Cherry Glazerr). Hope for a political counterweight? Or is it a mere longing for sun? The latter could be confirmed by the presence of a couple artists from Toulouse in the French South West (Aquaserge, Laure Briard) as well as PVT from Australia. To get us back to the seasonal grayness, let’s welcome a couple Mancunians (Jesca Hoop, Irma Vep), and of course a few brilliant Scandinavians (Rainbrother, Lowly, Linnea Olsson)…

Beyond this reductive geography, let’s notice the first solo adventures of singers breaking away from Ought (Tim Darcy) and The Antlers (Peter Silberman), souls to console (Jesca Hoop, Shannon Wright, Peter Silberman), retro nods (Laure Briard, Molly Burch, Tim Darcy, Foxygen), and joyful or hypnotic loops to fly away (Banana, Aquaserge, Rainbrother, Six Organs Of Admittance, Mind Over Mirrors, PVT, Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche). Enjoy!

Featuring:

1 — Tim Darcy (Montreal, QC) — “Tall Glass of Water”, from Saturday Night on Jagjaguwar.
2 — Jesca Hoop (Manchester, UK) — “The Lost Sky”, from Memories Are Now on Sub Pop Records.
3 — Xiu Xiu (San Jose, CA, USA) — “Wondering”, from Forget on Polyvinyl Record Company (US) / Teenage Menopause Rds (FR) / Altin Village & Mine (DE) / La Tempesta (IT) / Upset the Rythm (UK, Australia).
4 — Dirty Projectors (Brooklyn, NY, USA) — “Keep Your Name”, from Dirty Projectors on Domino Recording Company.
5 — Foxygen (Westlake Village, CA, USA) — “America”, from Hang on Jagjaguwar.
6 — Banana (Los Angeles, CA, USA) — “Banana C”, from Live on Leaving Records.
7 — Aquaserge (Toulouse / Paris, FR) — “Tour du Monde”, from Laisse ça être on Almost Musique (FR) / Crammed Discs (rest of the world).
8 — Shannon Wright (Atlanta, GA, USA) — “The Thirst”, from Division on Vicious Circle.
9 — Linnea Olsson (SE) — “Weekend”, from For Show EP.
10 — Ty Segall (Los Angeles, CA, USA) — “Orange Color Queen”, from Ty Segall on Drag City Records.
11 — Rainbrother (Copenhagen, DK) — “Riverside”, from Tales From The Drought on General Bird.
12 — Six Organs of Admittance (Holyoke, MA, USA) — “Taken By Ascent”, from Burning The Threshold on Drag City Records.
13 — Mind Over Mirrors (Chicago, IL, USA) — “Restore & Slip”, from Undying Color on Paradise of Bachelors.
14 — PVT (Sydney, AUS & London, UK) — “Another Life”, from New Spirit on Felte / Create/Control.
15 — Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche (Montreal, QC) — “Alizé et Margaret D. Midi moins le quart. Sur la plage, un palmier ensanglanté II”, from Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much on Constellation Records.
16 — Lowly (Aarhus, DK) — “Mornings”, from Heba on Bella Union.
17 — Cherry Glazerr (Los Angeles, CA, USA) — “Told You I’d Be With The Guys”, from Apocalipstick on Secretly Canadian.
18 — Laure Briard (Toulouse, FR) — “On dit que je ne suis pas sage”, from Sorcellerie EP out on Midnight Special Records.
19 — Molly Burch (Austin, TX, US) — “Wrong For You”, from Please Be Mine on Captured Tracks.
20 — Peter Silberman (Brooklyn, NY, USA) — “Karuna”, from Impermanence on Anti Records / Transgressive.
21 — Irma Vep (Manchester, UK) — “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”, from No Handshake Blues on Faux Discx records.

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Music Is My Religion – Summer 2016 playlist

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1 – case/lang/veirs (US) — Best Kept Secret, from the album case/lang/veirs on anti records.

2 – William Ryan Fritch (US) — Storms, from the album Clean War on Lost Tribe Sound.

3 – Ben Lukas Boysen (DE) Golden Times 1, from the album Spells on Erased Tapes.

4 – Deerhoof (US) Plastic Thrills, from the album The Magic on Polyvinyl Records (North America), Upset the Rhythm (UK), Clapping Music / Kythibong (France, BeNeLux), Altin Village & Mine (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Giradiscos / Humo (Spain), Lado ABC (Poland), Lovers & Lollypops (Portugal), Felicity (Japan).

5 – Throws (UK) The Harbour, from the self-titled debut album on Thrill Jockey Records / Full Time Hobby.

6 – Tiny Ruins (NZ) Dream Wave, from the Dream Wave 7” on Bella Union.

7 – Bert Jansch (UK) River Running from the 1985 album From The Outside reissued on Earth Records.

8 – Sarathy Korwar (UK) — Indefinite Leave To Remain, from the album Day To Day, out July 8 on Ninja Tune. Thursday November 3, 2016 at Festival WorldStock #4, in Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.

9 – Skeletons (US) All I Want Is You, from the album Am I Home?, on Altin Village & Mine.

10 – Paul Simon (US) — The Werewolf, from Stranger To Stranger, on Concord Music Group. European tour in October and November, incl. Nov 14 in Paris, Palais des Congrés.

11 – YEYEY (ex – Uzi & Ari, US) — The Vision, from the album The Vision on Hush Records. On tour in Europe in September, starting September 9 in Paris, FR, at le Carmen (free entrance).

12 – Converge (US) You Fail Me, from You Fail Me Redux, reissue of their 2004 album on Epitaph.

13 – Let’s Eat Grandma (UK) — Rapunzel, from the album I, Gemini on Transgressive Records.

14 – Message To Bears (UK) I’ll Lead You There (feat. Will Samson), from the album Carved From Tides out July 1st (self-released).

15 – David Toop (UK) Dry Keys Echo In The Dark And Humid Early Hours, from the album Entities Inertias Faint Beings on ROOM40.

16 – Flamingods (UK) Taboo Groves, from the album Majesty on Soundway.

17 – Son Lux (US) You Don’t Own Me, from Stranger Forms EP on Glassnote Records.

18 – Moonface and Siinai (CA) — Them Call Themselves Old Punks, from the album My Best Human Face on Jagjaguwar.

19 – Casket Girls (US) Sixteen Forever, from the album The Night Machines on Graveface Records.

20 – B/B/S/ (Aidan Baker, CA, Andrea Belfi, IT, and Erik Skodvin, NO) Cosmow, from the album Palace on miasmah.

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May 2016 Playlist: Listening Party Crashing…

Listening Party Crashing, Sitting, Dancing and Flying Away – May 2016 playlist by GoodMorninCaptn

Listening Party Crashing, Sitting, Dancing and Flying Away - May 2016 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

Listening Party Crashing, Sitting, Dancing and Flying Away - May 2016 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

1 – Yoni & Geti (USA) — Lunchline, from Testarossa, out on Joyful Noise Recordings.
2 – Julianna Barwick (USA) — Nebula, from Will, out on Dead Oceans.
3 – Tom Adams (UK/Germany) — Seven Birds, from Voyages by Starlight EP, out on Kowloon Records.
4 – William Ryan Fritch (USA) — Awake (feat. DM Stith), from New Words For Old Wounds, out May 20 on Lost Tribe Sound.
5 – Marissa Nadler (USA) — Janie In Love, from Strangers, out May 20 on Sacred Bones & Bella Union.
6 – Andy Shauf (CA) — The Magician, from The Party, out May 20 on Arts & Crafts / Anti-.
7 – Maria Usbeck (Ecuador/USA) — Moai Y Yo, from Amparo, out May 27 on Cascine (North America), Labrador (EU), Rallye (JP).
8 – Christine Ott (FR) — Disaster, from Only Silence Remains, out May 20 on Gizeh Records.
9 – Gypsum (USA) — Follow Me.
10 – Mutual Benefit (USA) — Lost Dreamers, from Skip a Sinking Stone, out May 20 on Mom + Pop / Transgressive Records.
11 – Islands (CA/USA) — The Joke, from Taste, out May 13.
12 – Christian d’Or (DK) — Tough Soul, from Tough Soul, out on Sound Of Copenhagen.
13 – Chris Cohen (USA) — In a Fable, from As If Apart, out on Captured Tracks.
14 – Josiah & The Bonnevilles (USA) — Cold Blood, from Cold Blood EP, out on Vagrant.
15 – Plants And Animals (CA) — No Worries Gonna Find Us, from Waltzed in from the Rumbling, out on Secret City Records.
16 – Beth Orton (UK) — Moon, from Kidsticks, out May 27 on Anti- Records.
17 – Glenn Jones (USA) — Flower Turned Inside-Out, from Fleeting, out on Thrill Jockey Records.
18 – Clem Leek (UK/USA) — Dance With Me, from forthcoming piano album (TBA).
19 – Julien Marchal (FR) — Insight XX, from Insight II, out on 1631 Recordings.
20 – Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus (FR) — Rocío Y Corrales (por Sevillanas), from Al Viento, out May 13 on InFiné Music.
21 – Andy Stott (UK) — Selfish, from Too Many Voices, out on modernlove.
22 – einarIndra (IS) — Sometimes I’m Wrong, from Stories, out May 20.
23 – Ytamo (JP) — Hamon, from Mi Wo, out on Someone Good (Room40).
24 – Af Ursin (FIN) — Tableau Fluide, from Aura Legato, initially released in 2005, reissued in May 2016 on Blackest Ever Black.

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December 2015 playlist

Enjoy our December 2015 song selection and digital collage featuring indie pop, ambient, modern classical, folk, rock, and electronic from Scandinavia, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, France, UK, Canada, Venezuela and USA.

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1 – Bersarin Quartett (DE) — Sanft verblassen die Geschichten, from III, out now on Denovali Records
2 – Intertwine (NO) — Northern Light, from Goraikoo, out now on Brilliance Records
3 – The Balustrade Ensemble (UK) — Show Us To The Sky, from Renewed Brilliance out now on Serein
4 – Matmos (US) — Ultimate Care II Excerpt Eight, from Ultimate Care II, out February 19, 2016 on Thrill Jockey Records
5 – arca (VE/London) — Front Load, from Mutant, out now on Mute
6 – Anna von Hausswolff (SE) — Evocation, from The Miraculous, out now on City Slang / Other Music
7 – vert (UK/Berlin) — And I Know, from The Days Within, out now on Shitkatapult
8 – Tortoise (US) Gesceap, from The Catastrophist, out January 22, 2016 on Thrill Jockey Records
9 – Sarah Neufeld (CA) — We’ve Got A Lot, from The Ridge, out February 26 2016 on Paper Bag Records
10 – Metz (CA) — Eraser, from Eraser/Pure Auto 7”, out January 22, 2016 on Three One G
11 – Your Friend (US) — Heathering, from Gumption, out Januray 29, 2016 on Domino Record Co.
12 – Lubomyr Melnyk (UA) — Parasol (excerpt), from Rivers and Streams, out now on Erased Tapes Records
13 – Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes (US) — Out of Sight, Out of Mind (The Five Keys cover)
14 – Library Tapes (SE) — Feathers, from Escapism, out January 29, 2016 on 1631 Recordings and Auetic
15 – Derek Piotr (PL/USA) — Exchanges, from Bahar, out on Bit-Phalanx Music
16 – GABI (USA) — Falling, from Sympathy, out on Software Recording Co.
17 – Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (FR/London) — Minnesang, from Like Water Through The Sand, out now on 130701 (Fat Cat Records)

2010 – Top 9

GoodMorninCaptn - Top 2010 - Have One On Me, Retold, All Is Falling, Church With No Magic, Until The Point Of Hushed Support, Constellations, The Calcination Of Scout Niblett, All Delighted People EP, I See The SignAND HERE FINALLY COME OUR FAVORITE 9 RECORDS OF 2010… MANY OF WHICH ARE NICELY ORCHESTRATED, SOME PURELY INSTRUMENTAL AND A FEW OTHERS WITH NOTABLE VOICES; SOME GREAT ALBUMS TO FALL ASLEEP TO AND A FEW MORE ENERGIZING ONES TO FUEL OUR MORNINGS… HOPEFULLY YOU’LL LIKE THEM AS MUCH AS WE DO; HOPEFULLY WE WON’T REGRET ALL THE RECORDS WHICH WE HAD TO OMIT, OR FORGOT, OR HADN’T HAD THE CHANCE TO LISTEN TO IN TIME… HOPEFULLY 2011 WILL BE FILLED WITH JUST AS MUCH INSPIRING MUSIC. IN THE MEANTIME, DON’T HESITATE TO SHARE (here or there) WHAT YOU HAVE LISTENED TO OVER AND OVER IN 2010.

Sam Amidon - I See The SignSufjan Stevens - All Delighted People EPThe Calcination - Of Scout Niblett

9) SAM AMIDON – “I See The Sign” (Bedroom Community)

Sam marries ageless folk songs to the avant-garde arrangements of label mate Nico Muhly, unveiling unexpected beauty.

8) SUFJAN STEVENS – “All Delighted People EP” (Asthmatic Kitty)

2010 has delighted fans of Sufjan with no less than 2 great new records: the rambling The Age of Adz, and a so-called hour-long “EP”, slightly more focused, but just as grand and luxurious.

7) SCOUT NIBLETT – “The Calcination of Scout Niblett” (Drag City)

Raw rock-and-roll songs to burn your heart down.

Listen to title-track “The Calcination Of Scout Niblett“:

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Read our review of The Calcination of Scout Niblett.

Balmorhea -ConstellationsGreg Haines - Until The Point Of Hushed SupportPVT - Church With No Magic6) BALMORHEA – “Constellations” (Western Vinyl)

Balmorhea’s compositions got more subtle, welcoming doses of pleasurable silence, and we’ve enjoyed this gentle evolution a lot.

Listen to “Bowsprit“, from “Constellations“:

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5) GREG HAINES – “Until the Point of Hushed Support” (Sonic Pieces)

Strings, church organ, piano, percussions and electronics turn into black magic in the hands of the young and gifted English composer.

Marc’s Descent by Greg Haines

Listen to Until The Point Of Hushed Support on Spotify.

4) PVT – “Church With No Magic” (Warp)

Although the addition of vocals to the Australian trio’s formula may have puzzled a few early fans, it has instilled a touch of immediacy to their music which more than made up for the lost vowels in the band’s name. “Pivot – vowels + vocals = PVT” may have been a winning equation indeed.

PVT – “Window“, directed by Clemens Habicht

Listen to Church With No Magic on Spotify.

James Blackshaw - All Is FallingNest - RetoldJoanna Newsom - Have One On Me3) JAMES BLACKSHAW – “All is Falling” (Young God Records)

Inspired with his new 12-string electric guitar, James Blackshaw has built a more orchestrated suite, which spins and spins, and speaks and sticks to our inner self.

Listen to “Part 7 (edit)“, from “All Is Falling“:

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Listen to All Is Falling on Spotify.

2) NEST – “Retold” (Serein)

Bare landscapes; quiet and haunting.

Retold by Nest

Listen to Retold on Spotify.

Read our review here.

1) JOANNA NEWSOM – “Have One on Me” (Drag City)

With her fingers running across magic strings (and keys, occasionally), and her voice flying high over lengthy compositions, Joanna keeps seducing crowds (and stuffed animals) with a triple LP, which for many towered high above 2010.

Joanna’s magic shall be experienced through analogical means only (i.e. sorry, no official song or video available online).

Read and listen to our top #30 to #19, and top #18 to #10.

2010 – Top 18

GoodMorninCaptn - Top 2010 Part 2 - feat. Heartland, Innundir Skinni, Cardiac Malformation, Des Larmes..., Rivers, Creatures..., Teen Dream, Learning, My Father...AFTER THE TOP #30 TO #19 RECORDS, LET’S KEEP ASCENDING THE STAIRS OF 2010 WITH THE SECOND PART OF OUR FAVORITE RECORDS, MOSTLY POP AND FOLK, WITH SPARSE JAZZY OR NOISY TOUCHES.

SWANS - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (artwork: Beatrice Pediconi)Perfume Genius - LearningBeach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop/Bella Union, Jan. 2010)
18) SWANS – “My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky” (Young God Records)

12 years after “Swans Are Dead”, Michael Gira’s noble bird turns into a Phoenix and resuscitates with a strikingly powerful album.
Eden Prison by Swans

> Listen to My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky on Spotify.

17) PERFUME GENIUS – “Learning” (Matador / Turnstile)

The sensitive Seattle singer-songwriter delivers a sincere and troubling debut, directly from his bedroom to yours.

Listen to title track “Learning“:

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Perfume Genius – “Look Out, Look Out” directed by Patrick Sher
(Alternative link to watch the video on YouTube)

> Listen to Learning on Deezer or Spotify.

16) BEACH HOUSE – “Teen Dream” (Sub Pop / Bella Union)

Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have perfected their suave melodies on their 3rd album, enchanting fans and critics alike.

Listen to “Norway“, from “Teen Dream“:

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> Listen to Teen Dream on Deezer or Spotify.

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15) CLOGS – “The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton” (Brassland)

For the first time, the instrumental quartet has invited some distinguished friends over to sing along: Sufjan Stevens, Matt Berninger (from The National, with whom Clogs share one of their founders and masterminds, Bryce Dessner), and most notably Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond) all take turns and grace the lush and brilliant compositions with their unique vocal presence. Not the least of its qualities, Clogs‘ fifth album is nicely packaged in a beautiful hommage to Douanier Rousseau by Hvass&Hannibal, also known for designing record covers and directing a video for Efterklang.

Listen to “On The Edge“, featuring Shara Worden, from “The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton“:

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> Listen to The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton on Deezer.

14) WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS – “Rivers” (Leaf Label)

Wildbirds & Peacedrums‘ third album is the reunion of 2 EPs, Iris and Retina, where the Swedish duo mixes its warm, soulful voice and tribal rythms with the Icelandic avant-garde. Rivers indeed was recorded by Ben Frost and mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson, with an Icelandic chamber choir arranged by Hildur Guðnadóttir.


Wildbirds & Peacedrums – “Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood” directed by Patrik Instedt

13) THOMAS MERY – “Des larmes mélangées de poussière” (Ohayo Records /BS Records)

Thomas is back with a beautiful EP, the poetry of which we love to get immersed and lost into. A nice preamble to his new full-length album to be released in 2011.

Ça by Thomas Mery

> Listen to (and/or buy) the EP on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Deezer, or Spotify.

> Read our review and listen to 2 songs from Thomas Mery’s live session au salon.

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12) THUS:OWLS – “Cardiac Malformations” (Hoob Records / Almost Musique)
A few more Swedes (and a Canadian) in our top, with Thus:Owls, the dark cabaret pop of which has rocked us the whole year.

Listen to “Climbing The Fjelds Of Norway” from “Cardiac Maformations“:

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> Listen to Cardiac Malformations on Deezer or Spotify.

> Read our Review of Cardiac Malformations.

11) ÓLÖF ARNALDS – “Innundir Skinni” (One Little Indian)

Björk’s protégée and Múm collaborator Ólöf Arnalds releases a lovely new album produced by Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós), at times heavily orchestrated with uplifting choirs, and at times stripped down to only Ólöf’s high-pitched voice and simple strings.


Ólöf Arnalds – “Surrender” directed by Arni & Kinski

> Listen to Innundir Skinni on Deezer or Spotify.

10) OWEN PALLETT – “Heartland” (Domino)

Owen drops his Final Fantasy stage name but keeps delivering what he does best: light and grandiloquent pop songs for viola and violin loops.

Owen Pallett

> Listen to Heartland directly in the embedded player above, or on Spotify or Deezer.

Read and listen to the first part of our favorite records (top #30 to top #19), and finally (attention, drum roll…) discover our favorite 9 records of 2010

2010 – Top 30

GoodMorninCaptn's Top 2010 - Part 1

2011 HAS BARELY STARTED, AND… OH, SURPRISE! GOODMORNINCAPTN ISN’T QUITE DEAD YET. LET’S CELEBRATE AND HAVE A QUICK LOOK BACK AT WHAT EXCITED OUR EARS IN THE LAST YEAR, COMPLETE WITH LINKS, MP3s AND VIDEOS. SET YOUR EARPHONES AND FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS, AS THE FIRST PART OF OUR TOP 30 RECORDS OF 2010 HAS US TRAVELLING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN NORTH AMERICA AND NORTHERN EUROPE.

Silje Nes - OpticksThe Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring NightFaun Fables Light Of A Vaster Dark

30) SILJE NES – “Opticks” (FatCat Records)

Gentle lullabies from Norway -ideal to loosen up on your couch at night while petting your kitten (and writing your end-of-year top list)

Crystals by Silje Nes

> Listen to Opticks on Spotify or Deezer.

29) THE BESNARD LAKES – “The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night” (Jagjaguwar)

Roaring shoegazing from Montreal to slowly awaken.


The Besnard Lakes – “Albatross” directed by Kara Blake

> Listen to The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night on Spotify.

28) FAUN FABLES – “Light of a Vaster Dark” (Drag City)

Let’s now head down to sunny California and witness Dawn McCarthy’s possessed folk invocations.
Listen to a clip from “Housekeeper from “Light of a Vaster Dark“:

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Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra - Kollaps TradixionalesYeasayer - Odd BloodWill Stratton - New Vanguard Blues27) THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA – “Kollaps Tradixionales” (Constellation)

With a slightly reduced line-up (now only one guitar, 2 violins, contrabass and drums), Silver Mt. Zion seem more focused and inspired on this racy imprint, their 6th full-length in 10 years.

I Built Myself A Metal Bird by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

26) YEASAYER – “Odd Blood” (Secretly Canadian)

A pick whose presence in this selection has been highly debated. All tasteful considerations apart, the psychedelic back-to-the-eighties aesthetics of the album may be quite enjoyable and somehow much representative of 2010.


Yeasayer – “Madder Red” directed by Andreas Nilsson

> Listen to Odd Blood on Deezer or Spotify.

25) WILL STRATTON – “New Vanguard Blues” (self-released)

The young American singer-songwriter recorded and mixed his 3rd album over 48 hours before making it available through the Internet 2 weeks later, with a simple yet charming result.

> Listen to (and/or buy) New Vanguard Blues on Bandcamp or Spotify.

Nils Frahm & Anne Muller - 7fingersBenoit Pioulard - LastedOval - O24) NILS FRAHM & ANNE MÜLLER – “7fingers” (Hush Records)

After 2 much praised solo records, Berlin piano-wunderkind Nils Frahm joined forces with cellist Anne Müller for a post-classical record which in its best moments has us dream of Rachel’s classy compositions discretely but insidiously deconstructed by Oval’s digital experiments.
Listen to “Let My Key Be C (Thriller Edit)” from “7fingers“:

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> Listen to 7fingers on Deezer or Spotify.

23) BENOIT PIOULARD – “Lasted” (Kranky)

Thomas Meluch, better known as Benoit Pioulard, released his 3rd album for Kranky, filled as usual with ethereal, cloud-like layers of evanescent guitar, DIY rythms and lost voices.

Sault by Benoît Pioulard

> Listen to Lasted on Deezer.

22) OVAL – “O” (Thrill Jockey)

9 years after Ovalcommers, Markus Popp undoubtedly proves us that his heart clicks again.


Oval – “Ah!” directed by Darko Dragicevic

Deerhunter - Halcyon DigestUnder Byen - Alt Er TabtThe Morning Benders - Big Echo21) DEERHUNTER – “Halcyon Digest” (4AD)

Bradford Cox delighted us in the Fall of 2009 with his second solo record released under his Atlas Sound moniker, and once again did not disappoint us with the latest Deerhunter album.

Download Revival (MP3) from Halcyon Digest, or listen to the album on Deezer or Spotify.

20) UNDER BYEN – “Alt Er Tabt” (A:larm Music)

While their fellow Danes Efterklang got poppier and brighter on Magic Chairs, Under Byen persist in exploring dark and twistedly beautiful territories.
Listen to title track “Alt Er Tabt“:

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19) THE MORNING BENDERS – “Big Echo” (Rough Trade)

Co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Big Echo, which has turned out a deserved break-through for its creators, is an uplifted and nicely orchestrated pop record, graced with the spontaneity of youth and a pleasantly retro sound.


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Listen to Big Echo on Deezer or Spotify.

Keep reading and listening to our top #18 to #10, and finally discover our favorite 9 records of 2010

Wild, Free, Noble, Heavy… 2009’s Best Half… So Far

As many labels are preparing their Fall line-up, let’s celebrate the launch of GoodMorninCaptn.com with a little look at the top 20 records 2009 has offered us so far. While a few established bands have released so-so albums, many promising young women have surprised us (Blue Roses’ Laura, Hildur, Anni, Soap&Skin’s Anja…), prominent indie figures have confirmed they were not only shooting stars (Grizzly Bear, Patrick Watson, Andrew Bird), hyperactive craftsmen have perfected their skills (James Blackshaw, Peter Broderick), and a shy songwriter has unexpectedly climbed straight to the top of this past semester’s podium.

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20) TORTOISE “Beacons of Ancestorship” (Thrill Jockey)
While trying to move forward with their first proper album in 5 years,  Chicago undergound heroes succeed in synthetising their 3 previous LP’s, dressing them up with drunken samba and retro-futuristic pop.
Listen to Tortoise – Prepare Your Coffin (MP3).

19) BLUE ROSES “Blue Roses” (XL Recordings)
Sweet, romantic debut album of the sweet, romantic Laura Groves from Yorkshire, England.

18) SONIC YOUTH “The Eternal” (Matador)
Everybody’s favorite art rockers are back to an independent label and try hard to prove they are as hip and young as in 1990. It does work… except they should have nothing to prove.

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17) PJ HARVEY & JOHN PARISH “A Woman A Man Walked By” (Island Records)
PJ woof-woofs and John clang-clangs.

16) NLF3 “Ride On A Brand New Time” (Prohibited Records)
Paris trio goes on experimenting on their 4th album, looping sounds in an electropical psychedelia.

15) PETER BRODERICK “Music for Falling From Trees” (Western Vinyl / Erased Tapes)
In the continuity of Float, only more minimalistic, Peter scored a contemporary dance to those 7 nice pieces for violin and piano.
Listen to Peter Broderick – The Path To Recovery (MP3).

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14) BALMORHEA “All Is Wild, All Is Silent” (Western Vinyl)
Part post-rock, part post-classical, Balmorhea’s 3rd LP is an ode to early American settlers with epic strings and wordless choirs.
Listen to extracts from Balmorhea – Harm and Boon and Balmorhea – Rememberance.

13) JAMES BLACKSHAW “The Glass Bead Game” (Young God)
12-string British guitar-virtuoso James opens his timeless pieces to a fuller sound.
Listen to James Blackshaw – Cross (MP3).

12) LONEY DEAR “Dear John” (Polyvinyl / Parlophone)
Some will deplore the cheap cosmetic arrangements with which Emil Svanängen has wrapped its otherwise enthralling melodies on his 5th LP.

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11) AKRON/FAMILY “Set Em Wild, Set Em Free” (Dead Ocean / Crammed Discs)
As an answer to Tortoise’s Standards, this new LP freely ventures from psychedelic rock to experimental folk, with Afro rythms and vocals to sing along to around the fireplace.

10) FEVER RAY “Fever Ray” (Rabid Records)
Karin Dreijer Andersson from Swedish electro duo The Knife wanders through dark swamps on her first solo album.

9) ANNI ROSSI “Rockwell” (4AD)
In her collection of songs for viola and voice, backed with drums and cello, 23-yr old Anna, also a violonist with Carla Bozulich, proves she does not lack the creativity of Joanna, Tori, or Regina. Too bad this Steve-Albini-recorded Rockwell is hiding in such a doubtful packaging.

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8) ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (Domino)
A jolly merry mess.

7) HILDUR GUDNADÓTTIR “Without Sinking” (Touch)
After many collaboration with Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Pan Sonic, or Múm, Icelandic cellist Hildur releases her 2nd solo album, a wonderfully melancholic evocation of a peaceful shore.

6) ANDREW BIRD “Noble Beast” (Fat Possum / Bella Union)
Not as innovative as previous LP, Noble Beast progressively grows as a nice addition to Mr. Bird’s discography, with evident melodies.

Soap and Skin - Lovetune For VacuumElegi Varde5) SOAP&SKIN “Lovetune For Vacuum” (PIAS)
The cloudy moods of a dark, gifted child from Austria.

4) ELEGI “Varde” (Miasmah Recordings)
Norwegian composer Tommy Jansen imagined a striking soundtrack to Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic 1912 Antarctic expedition.

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3) PATRICK WATSON “Wooden Arms” (Secret City)
A logical follow-up to Close To Paradise, maybe even closer, that reveals its full qualities on stage, where Patrick and his Wooden Arms band excel.

2) GRIZZLY BEAR “Veckatimest” (Warp)
Seemingly more self-confident, the Brooklyn quartet has achieved a big step forward with a luminous 3rd album, which clearly deserves all the critical praise you have read all over.
Listen to Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (MP3).

1) DM STITH “Heavy Ghost” (Asthmatic Kitty)
New to the singer/songwriter scene, David already distinguishes himself through a deeply personal, touching touch, and luxurious instrumentation. A hauntingly beautiful debut.
Listen to DM Stith – Pity Dance (MP3).