So, here is IndieMuseâ€™s â€œTop Albums of 2009â€³ list. I know what youâ€™re thinkingâ€¦ thereâ€™s only a few hours left in 2009 and we must have rushed to get this up last minute. The truth is, we wanted to make sure that we listened to every single album released in 2009 before publishing an official list. What if Wilco or another band released an amazing, secret album on December 31st? We couldnâ€™t leave it up to chance.
10. Fanfarlo â€“ Reservoir atlantic
I first came across Fanfarlo a few years back before they played SXSW, and was really impressed by their song â€œFire Escape.â€ Their debut album is fantastic. Reminds me a lot of Clap Your Hands, but I like their arrangements more.
(mp3)Â Fanfarlo â€“ Finish Line
(mp3)Â Le Loup â€“ Forgive me
8. Grand Hallway â€“ Promenade self-release
Grand Hallway in an eight piece orchestral pop band from Seattle, Washington. I came across their music through one of the musicians in the band,Â Shenandoah Davis, whose solo music I really like. This album hasnâ€™t received much exposure, but definitely deserves to be on more lists.
I donâ€™t usually listen to electronica, but Iâ€™ve always been a fan of Passion Pit. I wasnâ€™t sure if the band would be able to live up to all the hype they were receiving from â€œSleepyhead,â€ given they didnâ€™t even have a debut outâ€¦ but sure enough, they released a really solid album.
I know that some people think the band is over-hyped or even â€œuntalented.â€ But you may be surprised to know that some members of the band, such asÂ Ian Hultquist, have professional training from places like the Berklee College of Music. In other words, their success isnâ€™t a flukeâ€¦
(mp3)Â Passion Pit â€“ Sleepyhead
The Fruit Bats have been one of my favorite bands for a long time, and I canâ€™t believe that they’re still such a big secret. Letâ€™s just say that they are so catchy that The Shins stole frontman Eric Johnson away for a few years to play in their band. We loyal Fruit Bat fans had to wait four years for this release! Â I also highly recommend their 2003 album, Mouthfuls.
This album is great. Again, itâ€™s an example of a band that just lacks exposure. They should be on more lists.
(mp3) Bombadil â€“ Honeymoon
4. Various Artists â€“ Dark Was The Night 4ad
This album is on my list for several reasons. First, the music is all great. Second, itâ€™sÂ one of the first compilations out there that doesnâ€™t blow. Every now and then youâ€™ll see a compilation or tribute album that has some big names on it, but after a quick listen, it feels more like a marketing stunt than passion project. That is not the case withÂ Dark Was The Night. The Nationalâ€™s Dessner brothers put a ton of time into making this compilation and got musicians such as Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, and pretty much every other established indie artist to produce exclusive, top quality content. And lastly, all the proceeds from the album go to the Red Hot Organization, anÂ international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
(mp3) Arcade Fire â€“ Lenin
(mp3)Â Beirut â€“ Mimizan
3. Animal Collective â€“ Merriweather Post Pavillion domino
(mp3)Â Animal Collective â€“ My Girls
1. Andrew Bird â€“ Noble Beast fat possum
Noble Beast was pretty much all I wanted to listen to for the first few months after its release.Â Mysterious Production of Eggs is still my favorite album of Birdâ€™s (whatâ€™s up with theÂ blue album art in Google?), butÂ Noble Beast doesnâ€™t fall too far behind. This album would probably be higher up on a lot of â€œBest of the Yearâ€ lists had it been released later in the year. People tend to have stronger feelings for more recent things.
(mp3)Â Andrew Bird â€“ Masterswarm