It’s safe to say that 2016 has been an eventful year… Luckily there’s been plenty of fantastic new music releases to keep us going when we needed it the most! We asked the team to pick their standout album from the past 12 months and why they love it so much. Prepare for an eclectic list of genres and artists:
The last offering from an Icon. Inspired and Inspiring. Imaginative, inventive, and totally original. The title track ‘Blackstar’, first captivated me with its strange alien form and haunting melody. Then ‘Lazarus’ even more mysterious, even more dramatic and with his death; shocking and so final. It’s a fantastically personal story told through remarkable lyrics. Full of sorrow yet uplifting in its achievement. It may or may not be jazz but it has the timeless quality of such a record. The music is powerful and adventurous with wonderful musicianship. And in the end, full of emotion, simply amazing songs. – Stuart George, MD.
A surprise album that combines and finishes the previous two albums. Offering a mix of remixes & new tracks it really is the culmination of their work over the last few years. A band I discovered whilst travelling in Australia they are refreshingly different to most antipodean offerings. A great listen from start to finish. – Ed O’Conner, Accounts.
Insanely proactive band who seemingly never stop touring, writing or recording. A group of frenetic riffs and motifs, arranged into a never-ending loop. It lulls you into the thought that an album like this can only be the result of meticulous planning, and months of hard work, but as this is their eighth album in four years I’m inclined to believe that they’re just supernaturally talented. Harry Parsons, Engineering.
Augustines’ third album has some absolute anthems like ‘Are You Alive’ and title track ‘This is Your Life’ which are guaranteed to get you jumping about, but it lacked the same scale of emotion from the previous two albums, although ‘Landmine’ gets pretty close. So the album didn’t bowl me over at first, but then they announced their 2016 tour to be their last so when I heard the album live alongside the others for the very last time, inevitably, it has become without a doubt my favourite and most memorable of 2016. – Charlotte Myson, Marketing.