Staff Picks – Zicowood’s top 5 albums of 2012

Joining the site two and a half months ago, Zicowoods plays bass in the band Psychojet and comes to us from Belfast. He previously has written for The Silent Ballet and lists his favorite bands as This Will Destroy You, Mono, Russian Circles, Caspian, PG.Lost and And So I Watch You From Afar

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1. Musette – Drape Me In Velvet
Dreamy arrangements of piano, trumpet, and xylophone adorn heirloom cassettes and reel-to-reels over fifty years old (passed on to him from family members), providing a rustle and crackle on every track. Wistful! Album highlight is “Little Elvis”.

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2. The Best Pessimist – Love Is…
Sergey Lunev provides us with yet more of his trademark piano led ambient anthems on this year’s Love Is… “December 2, 1000” is an album highlight, piano melody and droning bass must be listening to at high volume.

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3. Gultskra Artikler – Abtu Anet
I don’t think it unfair of me to say that Alexey Devyanin is a purveyor of the strange, and this release is no exception; however as anxious a listen this release may be, it is difficult to switch it off before it has finished. And I keep going back to it.

4. Caspian – Waking Season
Not sure how much I can say about this that hasn’t already been said, by everyone. Following Tertia was always going to be difficult, but with Waking Season I wouldn’t argue with anyone who put this top of the pile for 2012.

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5. El Ten Eleven – Transitions
A step out from the post rock that has preceded it, more in the vein of ASIWYFA and The Continous Battle of Order (who are also but a duo).