Jani Zubkovs, bassist of Sainthood Reps, was kind enough to contribute his EOTY list to MEB for our first artist series of EOTY lists in MEB history! Here’s Jani’s list:
10. I Am The Avalanche – Avalanche United
9. Bayside – Killing Time
8. Touche Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
7. La Dispute – Wildlife
6. Young Widows – In and Out of Youth and Lightness
5. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Mogwai has put out one of their best records to date, and this is complemented by one of the best record titles to date. Giant sounds from these Scottish post-rock legends.
4. O’ Brother – Garden Window
Number four on my list goes to O’ Brother. The Reps’ first release was a split with O’ Brother, featuring the track “Lay Down,” which can be found, albeit much heavier, on their monster of a new record. This LP has kept me awake on many late night drives.
3. Balance & Composure – Separation
Our little brothers in Balance & Composure put out one of my favorite records this year. Heavily influenced by the ’90s, Separation harkens back to the golden age of their genre.
2. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
TV On The Radio is another band that constantly stretches their own boundaries. Reaching for influences all over the musical spectrum, they bring together a collection of songs that are complex, but easily digested. Look for “Killer Crane” as one of the standout tracks.
1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
The Foxes put out one of the most beautiful and lush records I’ve heard in a very long time. Gorgeous melodies and soaring harmonies lead to an aural treat. This is a band that is constantly outdoing themselves, and Helplessness Blues is no exception. The title track alone is worth picking up this LP.
Pianos Become the Teeth – The Lack Long After
Didn’t really have any disappointments, at least none that I’d like to go public about, haha!
Best Live Show:
Explosions In The Sky
Most Anticipated for 2012