Every year it feels like there's more music that is held in generally high regard that I have never even heard of, and I'm sure you all feel the same. It's because of this I, personally, look forward to the end of the year lists that cover the internet around December time.
In fact, I'd even go so far as to say I've found more than one of my favourite records of all time purely from seeing them on somebodies end of year list. So, I'd like to share some end of year lists with you over the last two weeks of the year, and hopefully, you'll find something new that you might not have found before.
Previously, we gave you Leatherneck Guitarist Alex Sylt's top 5 of the year, and now we have Harry Steel of Rain:
Newmoon - 'Space'
"I first saw Newmoon opening for Basement in late 2014 and have been since hooked on their music. Their debut EP 'Invitation To Hold' really served as inspiration for Rain during the early days of songwriting. Their full-length record 'Space', however, really takes it up a notch. The often-crashing guitars mixed with the angelic vocals amassed with reverb really make for pleasant listening.
Listen to: 'Life In The Sun'"
Simmer - 'Paper Prisms'
"I often forget this record came out in 2016, but it's been a staple in my collection since I first heard it. The guitar tones laden with chorus and reverb are lush and atmospheric with powerhouse drumming carving straight through the mix. I think this is my most listened album this year for sure and I'm eagerly anticipating where Simmer go from here.
Listen to: 'Sinewy'"
Creative Adult - 'Fear Of Life'
"Creative Adult's second record 'Fear Of Life' had me hooked since I heard the first single 'Changed'. This record is filled with 90's and 80's nostalgia, with spiraling guitar riffs and some incredibly sombre vocal melodies soaked in self-doubt and nihilism which work incredibly well together. I really love the direction the band have taken with this record and again, I'm anticipating what comes next.
Listen to: 'Heal'"
Blossoms - 'Blossoms'
"I probably got into this band from the same track as the majority of listeners. Album opener ‘Charlemagne’ has one of the catchiest hooks you’ll hear this year and it only sets the tone for the rest of the record. the album pays homage to 80’s synth-pop, funk, brit-pop and so much more. For a debut album it’s mind-blowing. I’m glad to see the British public paying bands like Blossoms attention. Really not surprised this album went to #1 in the UK charts.
Listen to: ‘Texia’"
The 1975 - 'I Like It When You Sleep...'
"I never really was a huge fan of their debut album, but this is something else. This record could easily be the soundtrack of your favourite 80’s film. With 17 tracks, it’s almost impossible to find something you don’t like, with a huge variant of styles and sounds, from electropop to funk. This is definitely one of my favourite records of the year.
Listen to: ‘Somebody Else'"
Narrow Head - 'Satisfaction', Nothing - 'Tired Of Tomorrow', Panic! At The Disco - 'Death of a Bachelor', Brand New - 'I Am A Nightmare' (Single), The Amazons - 'In My Head' (Single), Wallflower - 'Sleep Forever / Mas Eu Quero Mais' (Single) & Blaenavon - 'Let's Pray' (Single).