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Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Found In Translation — My Year In Music 2005

Neumu Creative Director/Co-Founder Emme Stone writes: This year's soundtrack to my life was much informed by a trip to th' Tokyo township. Many hours were spent listening to snippets of splendid new sounds by unheard-of musicians. Sadly, some of the albums mentioned below are rather difficult to acquire outside of Japan. They are well worth hunting for, though, so I recommend some thorough Googling!

1. Trico!, Love Home (Flyrec): This album is soothing, gentle and unhurried. Sparse piano and accordion melodies and grainy, lo-fi textures underlay quiet, heartbeat-like rhythms and sweet, lovelorn singing. With song titles including "In the Deepest Sleep," "Forest for Rest" and "Lull," it is perfect for falling asleep to. (From Japan.)

2. The Magic Numbers, The Magic Numbers (Heavenly): This is pop tunesmithery at its finest. The harmonies 'n' hooks are so pretty and addictive, and I love the countryish edge to songs like "Wheel on Fire."

3. Soil and "Pimp" Sessions, Summer Goddess (Victor): Soil and "Pimp" specialize in frenetic punk-infused jazz that punches you in the jaw to get your attention. With its action-packed ambulance-siren welcome, this album starts as it means to go on — injecting itself into your adrenal system within three seconds flat. It's fast and it's good! (From Japan.)

4. Mai Fujinoya, Hanger-On-Off-Kingdom (Cemetery Records): This dreamlike and multi-textured album is mostly instrumental and highly imaginative. Abstract and experimental, it is so unselfconscious at times that I'm left feeling like an audio voyeur — as if the album doesn't actually realize it's being listened to. (From Japan.)

5. Antony and the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian): A truly deserving winner of the 2005 Mercury Prize here in the United Queendom, this album is achingly beautiful and e'er so mesmerizing. "Hope There's Someone" gives me shivers, and it's delightful to see huge billboards of Antony on the London Underground as I shuffle to work each morn.

6. New Buffalo, The Last Beautiful Day (Arts & Crafts): I'd been patiently awaiting this album since I first heard the 2002 EP About Last Night. Sally Seltmann's voice is beautiful and fragile, and I adore the raw vulnerability of songs like "Come Back."

7. Sufjan Stevens, C'mon Feel The Illinoise! (Secretly Canadian): Geographical-based anthropology never sounded so perky! Sufjan Stevens ne'er fails to delight.

8. Toe, The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety (Catune): The decidedly nonspecific title of this recording is embodied by a set of melancholy-tinged post-rock melodies. The drums are splendidly drummed and the album cover — haunted by a solemn-looking deer, sans antlers — is my favorite of the year. (From Japan.)

9. The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan (XL): This White album is wonderfully boisterous. It's kind of like a dog that jumps all over you and licks your face. It's playful and strong and endearingly affectionate.

10. Various Artists, Sakura Motown Revue (Victor): A selection of Motown songs covered by various artists, this album makes my list for the best version of the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" that I've ever heard. It starts with a Latino beat that gives way to an opulent jazzy extravaganza that keeps my toes a-tapping long after it's over! (From Japan.)
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