Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: Bruce Soord

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Favourite Records of the Year. Selected by: Bruce Soord
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Around The Pineapple Thief and numerous other projects, Bruce Soord’s discography certainly isn’t lacking in striking moments. With his self-titled solo debut from 2015 though, he created a record that enjoys a special status: A intimate and nostalgic window into his own past for Soord himself, a manifesto of timlessness for everyone else who wants to escape their everyday life for 41 decelerating minutes. Maybe Soord has recorded more spectacular things, but surely nothing more gracefully wise and languourous than the beautiful grower ‚Bruce Soord‚.

Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass5. Natalie Prass – [amazon_link id=“B00PA3DV1M“ target=“_blank“ ]Natalie Prass[/amazon_link]

I’m not normally one to fall for female singer-songwriter breakup albums, but this one hit the spot for some reason. Plus she has a great live band with a fantastic groove (the bass player is especially amazing). So I’m surprising myself by including this in my top 5 of the year.

riverside-love-fear-the-time-machine4. Riverside – [amazon_link id=“B0128Y8YNA“ target=“_blank“ ]Love, Fear & The Time Machine[/amazon_link]

Ok so The Pineapple Thief toured with this band a few times so I may be a bit biased, but I absolutely love Mariusz’s voice, and he really shines on this album. The band are great without doubt, but it’s the vocals that are so often missing on modern prog records that make this an outstanding release for me this year.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear3. Father John Misty – [amazon_link id=“B00RDN2622″ target=“_blank“ ]I Love You, Honeybear[/amazon_link]

My wife has been playing this all year but it wasn’t until I saw this band live that I realised how great this record is. Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) is quite simply the greatest front man who has ever lived. I guarantee anyone who ever sees him live will be converted. I was. Oh and the songs are great too.

Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.2. Steven Wilson – [amazon_link id=“B00QW4QWYQ“ target=“_blank“ ]Hand. Cannot. Erase.[/amazon_link]

I personally love Steven’s more melodic side and when I heard ‚Perfect Life‚ it really hit the spot with me. Mix that in with a fantastic studio band, Steven’s magical hand at mixing and production and you don’t need me to tell you what aural magic that combination cooks up…

Gaz Coombes - Matador1. Gaz Coombes – [amazon_link id=“B00Q5OCV3E“ target=“_blank“ ]Matador[/amazon_link]

I loved this before he was nominated for a Mercury here in the UK don’t you know. I’ve always had a soft spot for his song-writing, ever since he penned the prog masterpiece ‚Moving‚ with his former band Supergrass. And yeah, Gaz is totally prog! ‚20/20‚ is a modern prog masterpiece. I recently saw his solo tour (and by solo, I mean he was totally on his tod) – which confirmed how classy this man is.

Bruce Soord online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | KScope |

Thank you very much Bruce!

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