Posted by: Chris Lockard | December 10, 2009

Eclectic Noise Top 12 Albums of 2009: 9-7

It’s December which means it’s time to look back on the year that was 2009. Here at Eclectic Noise we are counting down the top 12 albums of the year. Last week we brought you albums 12 through 10 and this week the march to number one continues with albums 9 through 7.

9. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

It’s amazing that the Dirty Projectors began as the solo project of David Longstreth. Within a year Longstreth took on the moniker of Dirty Projectors but it wasnt until shortly after 2007’s Rise Above album, when Angel Deradoorian joined the group, that this band truly felt complete. Finally putting away the reimagined works of other bands and the far-reaching concept albums about Don Henley, the Dirty Projectors deliver Bitte Orca, an album that offers a variety of styles and sounds that all deliver exceptionally. Each song has the potential to reel in listeners of different genres and make you wonder how you missed out on this band for so long. The most known convert is one Solange Knowles who loved the album’s lead single “Stillness is the Move” so much that she recorded a version of the song which may or may not be for release next year.

8. Atlas Sound – Logos

It’s horrible to actually realize that at one point last year Bradford Cox, also known as Atlas Sound, actually considered not releasing Logos after he accidently leaked the early demos of the album to the world-wide web. Instead Bradford took a year off from the record, recorded an outstanding record with his main band Deerhunter and returned to the project after he finished the Deerhunter tour. The wait was well worth it as Bradford changed Logos from an album that  at first appeared to be a continuation of his first record under the Atlas Sound moniker, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel”, and instead ends up being something that is closer to the experimental pop sounds of Animal Collective. Where Animal Collective thrive at mixing different sounds, Bradford explores using his voice through different effects as an instrument on an experimental front to sing of his own pains and ponder the unanswered questions of his life. It’s only fitting that Noah Lennox of Animal Collective stops by to help create the album’s best track “Walkabout” which is as good if not better than any Animal Collective track heard this year.

7. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars are probably a few albums away from being a band that gains serious attention in the indie/alternative world, but that doesn’t change the fact that their debut album Why There Are Mountains is still one of the top albums of the year and an impressive debut. Recorded independently, Cymbals Eat Guitars crafted an album that features songs that all have highs and lows in every track. From Joseph D’Agostino’s River Cuomo like screams to soft piano melodies of Brian Hamilton, every track is constantly changing as if each one is its own story complete with rising tensions, a climax and a subtle resolution. Still the album manages feels as one epic tale that flows from beginning to end, from the epic opener “And the Hazy Sea” to the quiet closer “Like Blood Does”.  All this hints to is that these boys have a bright future in front of them.

That’s it for this week, come back next week for albums 6-4 as we continue to coundown to the top album of 2009!

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