My favorite three albums of 2012, so far

Chairlift – Something

Katie Carroll put a great Chairlift song on a holiday mixed cd for me a few years ago. The song was called Bruises and it became one of my favorite tracks on the mix. I was browsing Spotify one day earlier this year and I stumbled upon Chairlift’s latest album called Something. I never listened to any of their other songs besides Bruises but given that I liked it so much, I decided to give the new album a listen. It didn’t take long for me to take a liking to Something and I’ve been listening to it regularly ever since. Most of the music I enjoy tends to feature male singers but Chairlift is an exception, led by the beautiful voice of Caroline Polachek. Like the other two albums featured in this post, Chairlift uses synthesizers but not overwhelmingly. I featured my favorite song from the album (I Belong In Your Armson a recent Hump Day post. Here’s another favorite with a supremely amazing video, Amanaemonesia:


Geographer – Myth

Unlike many of my friends and musical confidants, I never really got into the first album released by San Francisco band Geographer. I saw part of their performance at Treasure Island Music Festival last year but that didn’t really trigger any serious interest either. Regardless, I bookmarked their latest album on Spotify when it came out a few months ago, but it wasn’t until recently I finally decided to give it some airtime. I haven’t stopped listening since. I like that this album has more of a soulful side and the use of electronic elements is more laid back, making it good for driving and chilling out. This isn’t really a dance around your living room album, although my favorite song, Lover’s Game, does make you want to do some head bopping:


Miike Snow – Happy To You

While I didn’t know Geographer’s first album, I definitely was familiar with Miike Snow’s. Their first album was arguably one of my favorites of the last three or four years. I saw them live at The Independent and at the Treasure Island Music Festival two years ago, and I recently enjoyed indulging in the live stream of their performance at Coachella from the comfort of my Chapel Hill hotel room on a business trip. Surprisingly, I didn’t fall in love with Happy To You immediately. It took a dozen or so listens for me to warm up to the new album because it is quite different from their first. You get a sense that they experimented more with their sound on this album and with so many musical acts combining pop with synth, I think Miike Snow does a good job of maintaining a uniqueness. If you asked me who they sound like, I’m not sure I’d have a clear answer. I don’t have a clear favorite song from the album, but The Wave is pretty great, and also has an entertaining video:

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