The idea that there’s a one true ‘album of the year’ is a pretty misguided one. With that in mind, we’ve tried to offer up a series of recommendations from both the Moon & Back Music staff, and from a few notable names from the world of music.
“Hi, my name is Evan and this is Into It. Over It.” is how each of Evan Weiss’ sets begins (well, every one I’ve seen). The New Jersey native has had a fantastic year, releasing a critically acclaimed record, in the form of Proper, and touring with the likes of Frank Turner and The Swellers. With Evan being so celebrated this year, we thought we’d have him dole out the praise to his favorite records/artists of the year.
5. Former Thieves – The Language That We Speak
Smart, well written heavy hardcore. every time i listen to this record i find something new that i love about it. it’s brilliant.
4. By Surprise – Mountain Smashers
Such a fun record, calling heavily on all of my favorite 90’s emo / indie influences. however, they give the style such a great facelift and breathe new life into it instead of just becoming another imitator. this record was a sleeper. don’t sleep on it.
3. Pianos Become The Teeth – The Lack Long After
Emotionally punishing songs. the only record that i heard this hear that generated pure human emotional response. even the layout leaves you with a heavy heart once you find out what it’s referencing. when was the last time a band could do that to you?
2. Cloud Mouth – Keep Well
Great friends making a record to bid everyone farewell. cloud mouth is fucking dead, but not before leaving us with this well recorded and near flawless batch of 4 songs. their best to date. they will be missed.
1. Iron Chic / Pacer – Split
Perfect songs. perfect songs. perfect perfect perfect songs.