1. Fleet Foxes - Self Titled
In my early rankings back in June I had just listened to Fleet Foxes and said it was destined for the top 5 by years end. Well here we are at the end of the year, and hear is Fleet Foxes not just in my top five, but the very top. The Kings of the Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountain that is. An album influenced by the beauty of the West Coast of Seattle. Recorded in homes and basements. This album has a very organic and honest feel to it. The reverb-laden vocals sound like they are meant to be played in the woods with nobody but a few friends, some trees, and all the other organisms in the woods listening and joining in on the song. Every song on this album is great and I have not grown tired of it at all. Buy the album if you have the chance, because there is a brief essay by the band regarding why music is so important. And it is the most amazing thing I have read all year. How music and memories are something real and personal. Bonus points to them for including the name Jonathan in a song.
Favourites: Ragged Wood, Tiger Mountain Peasant Song, Blue Ridge Mountains