13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere (1967)
Pioneers of Psychedelic rock, the Elevators remain one of my favourite and most listened to bands of that era. Whilst others from that age sound dated and of their time, the Elevators still sound fresh today thanks to their hard edged, bluesy spacerock and driving songs. More focused and less rough edged than the first, there’s enough classic tracks on here satisfy. Everyone should own at least one Elevators LP, and this is perhaps the one for a first go at the band by the uninitiated.
Yo La Tengo - Fade (2013)
Classic Yo La Tengo, a selection of well crafted, catchy songs. You pretty much know what to expect with YLT, and Fade doesn’t disappoint and goes a way to proving they’ve still got the goods after a couple of decades of indie rocking. Whilst not as immediate as some earlier works, the quality of song-writing and performance is perhaps there most maturely accomplished.
Diiv - Oshin (2012)
A classy collection of dreamy songs, enchanting sounds and great guitar riffs that roll on and on. The LP has the feel of classy 80s shoegazer and twee about it, but is none the less thoroughly modern and as likely to have you smiling as it is to have you nodding along.
WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (2011)
One of my favourite LPs of the last six months, WU LYF are unique with their almost indecipherable vocals, epic swirling guitars and organ lines. The whole thing sounds incredible, imagine Captain Beefheart’s gruff singing with an underlying feel of the song-scapes of Explosions In The Sky or Do Make Say Think, then throw in a little Vampire Weekend as well. Great songs, great sound, a real favourite album.