FILTER’s Top 10 of 2010: S. Carey
By Staff on December 3, 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.
2010 saw Sean Carey gain deserved notoriety and exposure as a solo musician, taking a step away from his work as a percussionist and vocalist in Bon Iver and recording his own material during a break in the band’s touring schedule. What came from these sessions is All We Grow, a gorgeous debut that swells with the same sort of emotional weight as Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, yet duly distinguishing itself from its unavoidable comparison. Carey and his band participated in an acclaimed tour in support of The Tallest Man on Earth earlier this year, and one can only imagine (and hope) for what’s in store in 2011…
Sean Carey’s Picks
1. Sufjan Stevens, All Delighted People EP (ASTHMATIC KITTY)
My favorite work Sufjan has done. It hits me on a deep emotional level. It’s gorgeous. The songs make me think and wonder more than any other music I've heard in a while.
2. David Bazan, Curse Your Branches (BARSUK)
I realized it was released in 2009 after I made this list. Who cares. It's so good, it deserves it. I've loved Pedro since I was 14, but Curse Your Branches is better.
3. The National, High Violet (4AD)
The first National record I really, really got into. It gets a lot of plays at the Carey house.
4. Sufjan Stevens, The Age Of Adz (ASTHMATIC KITTY)
I'm pretty obsessed with this album right now. It's extremely interesting, fascinating, intricate, dense, adventurous. Favorite tracks: "Now That I'm Older," "Vesuvius," "I Want To Be Well," "Impossible Soul"
5. Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt (DEAD OCEANS)
Top to bottom amazing. There's not a weak song on the record. TMOE lyrics and songwriting continue to amaze and impress me.
6. Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)
This album has a great flow and chill vibes. Victoria's voice is special.
7. Sharon Van Etten, Epic (BA DA BING)
I saw SVE peform "Love More" at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and it was most powerful musical experience I've had in months.
8. Califone, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (DEAD OCEANS)
I love all their stuff. So interesting. Any band with an extra percussionist and no bass player is rad.
9. The Morning Benders, Big Echo (ROUGH TRADE)
“The growth from their first album to Big Echo was what first grabbed me. I knew them as a solid, harmless pop band, but this album just seems much more mature and patient. I love how they used space to complement their guitar and vocal hooks." —Nick Ball, Guitarist with S. Carey
10. Sade, Soldier Of Love (SONY)
Perfect album for hanging out with friends.