It goes without saying that it has been quite a phenomenal year for music. Just as you get one great record, another one or two end up hitting the iTunes Library. It doesn't matter the genre or "type" of music you're generally into, because across the board, the sounds have been pleasant for most. Later this week, we, the mighty staff of AP.net, will be revealing our mid-year top ten list per each staffer. As hard as it's been on us to just type out ten albums (when there's more like 30 thus far), there's still a-whole-nother six months to the year. So here's five albums I'm still salivating on getting my ears wrapped around.
1) Portugal. The Man's In the Mountain In the Cloud (Atlantic) - While I've heard all the clips, the word is I won't be receiving an advance until after we celebrate our country's independence. Sitting down with a Portugal. The Man album is an experience. You need it to be in stereo and you need no other distractions. I foresee this being their biggest sounding record to date, and will hopefully pull the rest of the world missing out from underneath their rocks.
2) La Dispute's TBA (No Sleep) - It's funny to see some users on here fight back and forth between how much they either love or hate the band, but one thing is for sure, they're certainly doing their all to produce some of the best post-hardcore music out there today. There's an intricacy and method to La Dispute's last album, and I only can predict that it was pushed further in the studio this time around.
3) Thrice's Major/Minor (Vagrant) - Beggars was arguably one of the most controversial releases of the band's fan base to date. As a long time fan, it even took a couple of listens to sink in. That said, I see Major/Minor as another push for the four piece this year. Really, every release has had its own sound and has taken a shift in production and mood overall. Why should this one be any different? It shouldn't, and it should keep us as fans waiting impatiently for the result.
4) Zechs Marquise's Getting Paid (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions) - After seeing the guys' performance at this year's SXSW, I'm still floored. It was simply breathtaking, and I don't expect much less with the band's sophomore release. I'm wondering if it will be more focused or less focused or just a shit storm of jam. Either way, I'm going to let it engulf me once I get a listen to it.
5) Russian Circles's TBA (Sargent House) - Russian Circles might easily my favorite instrumental band out there. Heavy, lush, crushing, atmospheric and never boring. I just can't wait to hear this damn thing.