Other LivesOther Lives

Other Lives took my breath away with their debut self titled album. A big harmonization of sounds… Combining folk, indie rock and classical string arrangements to create an original and beautiful sound. Other Lives has swiftly become one of my favorite new bands that I have found myself recommending time and time again.

mp3:  Don’t Let Them

The xxxx

An indie pop band hailing from London and knocking our socks off with a debut album that has certainly been on constant rotation in my car, at work and at home. I love the sleek, sexy synthesizing pop.

mp3:  Shelter

The Leisure Society The Sleeper

Yet another UK band, and now that I think of it they are not the last one. The Leisure Society is an indie folk band with just a dash of pop. Poetic lyrics and gorgeous melodies fill this album. If you enjoy Grizzly Bear, I think you may be in favor of The Leisure Society.

mp3:  The Sleeper

The DecemberistsHazards Of Love

I really went back and forth on this album… It usually takes me quite some time to really get into one of their albums. There are so many different layers to their music, they mesh so many different genres into their own unique sound. I was driving home the other day and The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned) shuffled on and I was completely lost in it. This album proves once again that The Decemberists are one of the most creative and profound groups of their indie folk-rock genre and possibly of this generation.

mp3:   Hazards Of Love 2 (Wager All)


6 Responses to “Favorite Albums Of 2009 Part 1”

  1. Rebecca on December 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm

    I ended up on your page via Tara’s and I am in love…..are you sure we weren’t separated at birth???? I love all of your music choices…..if you are ever in Mpls and want to see a show…LET’S GO!!

    A new rec for you: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel (from Denver)…I saw them open for Mason Jennings about 2-3 weeks ago….so rockin. His CD out is good, but it doesn’t have his other singer on it that was with him live…so the CD although good, would be a trillion times better with her on it. But all in all, a total steal to see them live.

  2. Rachel on December 24th, 2009 11:53 am

    We must be :-) Thanks for stopping by.

    I heard Nathaniel Rateliff on Daytrotter a few weeks back. He is pretty yummy, I agree.

  3. t-dub on February 1st, 2010 4:06 pm

    I have never been able to like the Decemberists! Is there something wrong with me? :)

    Listening to the rest on amazon now. Think I have checked out XX before and didn’t fall in love.

    If you say I should, I’ll give them another try. OX

  4. t-dub on February 1st, 2010 4:17 pm

    ohhh my gosh, so funny. I had Other Lives and Leisure Society already.

  5. t-dub on February 1st, 2010 4:22 pm

    And, that is funny to me, because….I forgot I had them and upon listening was like -w ait – this is familiar!

  6. Rachel on February 1st, 2010 10:28 pm

    You are silly. Other Lives was one of my earlier posts in the year. :)

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