See those covers? Get used to seeing them a lot, because I can guarantee they'll be popping up time and again in the inevitable end-of-year lists from all corners of the music world. If they don't occupy the top three slots (in any particular order) from music press and blogs all over, they'll be sure to appear somewhere so you may as well acquaint yourself with them now.
Those titles in full are, from top to bottom, as follows:
- Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
- Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
- Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
It's an interesting state of affairs that three bands, who though they have built cult-like fanbases through dedicated work and releases have remained relatilvely unheard of in the mainstream, should suddenly find themselves held in such high esteem. You don't have to google too far before you'll find someone exclaiming the virtues of these releases and their respective creators as 'the greatest band ever.'
Why am I pointing this out - well firstly, to point out that the old saying may be true, 'yesterday's alternative is tomorrow's mainstream.' Will they make my own Top 15? Well that would be telling wouldn't it.
Watch this space.