by Ari Stein in New Music on Wednesday 19 December 2007

It’s been a great year for music. Trends came and went; genres collided; and Britney went bezerk. The most delightful resurgence in music has been the whole ethnocentric New York movement, with bands like Vampire Weekend, Gang Gang Dance [pictured above] and Yeasayer, and also the amount of quality minimal tech coming out from artists like Nathan Fake, Pantha du Prince and The Field. These are the standout album releases in my opinion for the year: The Silver Seas’ High Society — amazing harmonies, tight melodies and beautiful songs; Tord Gustavson’s Being There — melancholic and touching jazz; Para One’s Naissance des Pieuvres — if Air and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark remade Virgin Suicides right now, it would sound like this; Pantha Du Prince’s Asha — quasi-cinematic. Blonde Redhead’s 23 — melody is everywhere; The Field’s From Here We Go Sublime — electronica at its finest; Division Day’s Beatrap Island and Yeasayer’s All Hour Cymbals — one band comes from LA, the other New York. Both are beautiful and inventive rock albums. Artists to watch in 2008: The Black Kids; Ipso Facto; Lykke li; These New Puritans; Esser Road Movie; Hotsprings; Sara Bareilles; Polly Scattergood.

Listen to White Rabbits’ March of the Camels.