FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: Carlos del Amo, of Gold Lake
By Staff on December 15, 2010
Ah, the end of yet another fantastic year in music. 2010 was good to us, no doubt about it, and once again we find ourselves on the other side, having made it through a near-endless array of albums—from Teen Dreams to Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasies—all the better for it. Now comes the time when we sit back, plug in and reflect on the musical months in reverse. And as much as we love to put together our own best-of lists, we consider the bands themselves a far more fascinating glimpse at the sounds of 2010. Reaching out to some of our favorites, here FILTER presents a series of artists’ best-ofs running throughout the month of December. We've put in our own two cents on the Top 10 Records of 2010, so be sure to check those out, but for now we’ll turn it over to some of the artists who continue to make every year a highlight.
Spanish-born/Brooklyn-based Gold Lake had a solid 2010. With principle members Carlos Del Amo and Lua Rios leading the way, appearing at numerous festivals including FILTER's Culture Collide and rockin' out to 18,000 of their closest friends in Madrid, the quartet has made a name for itself in a big way thanks, in part, to its debut EP released this year. The outfit is currently home in Europe polishing some new tracks before they head back to Brooklyn to record their album at some point in early 2011, and Carlos del Amo was nice enough to send along some of his favorites from the past year.
Carlos Del Amo’s Picks
1. "Modern Man" by Arcade Fire, from The Suburbs (MERGE)
This song has something that hooked me from the first day I listened to it. Amazing simplicity. The whole album is incredible!
2. "Quarry Hyms" by Land of Talk, from Cloak and Cipher (SADDLE CREEK)
What an incredibly sweet voice, and yet at the same time has such personality. Love this song and its feel.
3. "All to All" by Broken Social Scene, from Forgiveness Rock Record (ARTS & CRAFTS)
This entire album is amazing. It has something for all states of mind. And this song is perfect. Amazing tremolo, by the way!
4. “Futile Devices” by Sufjan Stevens, from The Age of Adz (ASTHMATIC KITTY)
Sufjan Stevens has an undisputable quality and his show was no doubt one of the ones that impacted me most last year.
05. "Off Point" by Junip, from Fields (MUTE)
With this one, you feel like getting on a bike and riding along the Pacific Coast Highway!
6. "Spanish Sahara" by Foals, from Total Life Forever (SUB POP)
This song was part of the soundtrack to our trip from NY to Toronto to play NXNE this summer. The tempo is the key. I loved the video!
7. "Domestic Scene" by The Radio Dept., from Clinging to a Scheme (LABRADOR)
Perfect to get ready without rushing it.
8. "Red Lights" by Holy Fuck, from Latin (YOUNG TURKS)
Pure party! These guys must be a blast live. I am really looking forward to seeing them. I love them. The entire album is great.
9. Caribou, Swim (MERGE)
Another great one to dance like a madman to!
10. "I Remember, You Were Wild" by Kelley Stoltz, from To Dreamers (SUB POP)
Kelley Stoltz is a true music fan. He has a great talent for updating influences from the ’60s, ’70s and the golden years of pop! It's a cool, "good feeling" song.