Originally Posted by sergeeo
My classic favourites:
Metronomy - The English Riviera
Tortoise - TNT
Very good calls. "The Look" and "Everything goes my way" by Metronomy are both brilliantly fresh and easy on the ears.
TNT on the other hand is, of course, a classic from start to finish. Though a little quiet at times, the music itself is one of my personal all-time favorites.
Here are my suggestions in terms of overall mix, sound & mastering quality:
Polica - Give You The Ghost:
Very recent album by a newcomer (well, not anymore I guess) band featuring two exceptional drummers. While the heavily processed vocals provide an original character one may get tired of said effect by the time the albums is finished. On the other hand those vocals provide a great, wide sense of space and stereo imaging. Combined with the outstanding, very punchy work on the drums this has been of the highlights this year so far.
Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces & Tiny Mirrors:
Sandro Perri always provides a wide range of original, well placed percussions that may feel "loose" and random at times but, I guess, are rather carefully composed and arranged. A great mixture of acoustic instruments and synths that slowly blend into the songs. The key here is outstanding positioning within the stereo spectrum - everything feels very wide. If you like folk with a touch of jazz and electronic influences, both albums should be high on your list.
Destroyer - Kaputt:
I guess most here are familiar with Destroyer. I never really noticed this project until "Kaputt", which is another favorite of mine. This albums usually serves as a reference point when I test HiFi- or studio speakers, or other gear. In songs like "Downtown" it all comes together.
Wild Beasts - Smother:
Very gentle, clean and subtle elements coming together to set a relaxing mood. This is just the right amount of instrumentation, not overloaded, never crowded, very easy to listen to. Gentle.
Do Make Say Think - & Yet & Yet:
If you like Tortoise, you have got to stumble upon this one at some point. Lush instruments, well placed effects, hard to categorize, yet all those elements work very well together.
Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That:
Well known band by now with their best album from several years ago in my opinion. Despite there's a lot going on i some songs they always mange to sound clean, wide and punchy.
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock:
Well, where to start? Organs rarely managed to blend better into a song, or a whole album. Everything fits very well here, these songs are evolving, very dynamic, ranging from gentle and low key build ups to a sea of cymbals and percussions
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours:
Well known and I still listen to this several times a year. While not everything on here is my cup of tea, I have yet to sea a bass and a kick that blend and mix as well as in "Dreams".