114 - Given to The Wild by the Maccabees 2012
Last year was pretty sparse as far as classic lps was concerned however so far I think this year has been a bit of a vintage. If you add that to the fact that it was always likely I'd fall into the trap of the magazine best of polls, when some a few recent okay lps seems to rise above classics, then it isn't that much of a surprise to find the first of 3 of this year's releases in the top 125.
The Maccabees had made a couple of lps of slightly arty , spiky guitar lps before this years release. originally i had their debut in my top 125 (it reminded me a bit of very early James), however since its release in early Jan this lp has just sounded better and better.
Give to the Wild is a step change , it is the sound of a band who have set out with a conscious intent to make a record that takes them to the next level.
There are waves of synths , layers of guitars and a vocal mix that washes over the backing track. Blasts of trumpet again recall James , but this time the James of Seven. All helped by 4 stunning singles
The whole lp combines a great feeling for textures and layers in sound , and art school type feel all hooked up in some killer tunes
you can buy Given to the Wild here which is a fiver well spent