1. Sylvan Esso: "Sylvan Esso"
This is one of the most recent albums I have listened to and haven't stopped from that moment. Such a totally different sound. An electro/indie duo that you really just want to dance to. The only way to really understand what this album is, is to give it a listen. Which I highly recommend.
2. Alt-J: "This Is All Yours"
Although this album is a little slower than their previous album, its still amazing nonetheless. They have such a distinct sound that they continued to carry into this second album so even though it's a little slower, you still have the familiar mystical music you hope to have from the first album. I get to see them in a few weeks coming this November and I couldn't be more excited!
3. Bon Iver: "For Emma, Forever Ago"
This is my favorite album, ever. Nick and I went and saw them playing in NYC at Radio City Music Hall last year for my birthday and my love for them became even more profound. I know that no matter what I'm doing, I can put this album on and enjoy it from start to finish.
4. Lykke Li: "Wounded Rhymes"
Such distinct vocals. I always find it really amazing how she uses many different types of instruments, like tambourines and various drums, and how she incorporates her unique voice in with those instruments and bought this album for that reason. I Know Places is probably the slowest of her songs (and also my favorite), but even with the slow rhythm you can hear the instrumentals loud & clear.
5. Warpaint: "Warpaint"
Nothing like an all girl band. Growing up my sister, cousin, and myself wanted to start our own band.. We just didn't have any musical knowledge/talent, so it's probably a good thing that I have bands like this to listen to instead. They're vocals are raw and beautiful, and not feminine as you might expect. Like Lykke Li (but in a totally different way) they are huge on instrumentals. Our roommate Bobby saw them recently and even that they are even more amazing to see live. Which I find is so incredibly important.
6. David Bowie: "Heroes"
How can you not love Bowie?! I had been looking high and low for this one album. (I refused to buy it online because it's not as exciting as actually finding it in a pile of records.) I stumbled upon it in Newbury Comics "New Used Arrivals" section and was beyond happy that someone chose not to keep it for themselves. Heroes is my favorite song of Bowie's but after they re-recorded the song to be re-released, they chopping out about half of the song. I'm so happy to actually get to listen to the entire song now that I have this.