Obscure Sound: Best of January 2012

This edition compiles January and the majority of December. Despite including material featured at the tail end of 2011, every track on here apart from “Stuck Together” and “(I’m In) A Chorus Line” is from a 2012 release. So here’s our first peek at music in the new year, even if it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Around this time last year we already had excellent albums by Destroyer and Cut Copy. The only comparable release this year so far is Field Music’s Plumb. Read the review here. Ku Klux Glam, the collaboration between Ariel Pink ad R. Stevie Moore, has some extraordinary songs as well – like “Come My Way” and “No Zipper” – but the album is too scattered past that. Still, most of the artists on here – Andrew Bird, The Shins, Leonard Cohen, etc. – will have something out this month or next. Also don’t count out releases from Dr. Dog, Explorers Club, HAL, of Montreal, and Marissa Nadler in the near future.

Here’s to a great year in life and music for all.

01. Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing (post)
02. Ariel Pink + R. Stevie Moore – SteviePink Javascript (post)
03. Andrew Bird – Eyeoneye (post)
04. The Shins – Simple Song (post)
05. Sleigh Bells – Born to Lose (post)
06. Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow (post)
07. Field Music – A New Town (post)
08. Thom Yorke – Stuck Together (post)
09. Daniel Rossen – Saint Nothing (post)
10. Warm Weather – A Promise (post)
11. Burial – Ashtray Wasp (post)
12. Leonard Cohen – Darkness (post)
13. Xiu Xiu – Hi (post)
14. Acid House Kings – (I’m In) A Chorus Line (post)


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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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