Art credit Berrek Thompson

A Year In Sound: My Top 25 Albums of 2010

by Berrek Thompson

2010 has been a roller-coaster of emotions for yours truly. Between long nights with Justin transforming MOTH from a 10-person email collective to a multi-purpose online entity, curating the MOTH Presents… summer concert series at Old Rock House that featured some of Saint Louis’ best local music, and tragically losing a dear loved one that was the backbone of my family,  needless to say this year has brought many challenges and struggles. But, as always, one of the things that helps me push through the difficult (as well as the good) times is music. A lot of the albums I chose for my top 25 are ones that I have made a close personal connection with at certain moments that occurred throughout the year. They may not be what is expected, but isn’t that what finding music you love is all about? It’s about finding an album that you can relate to at the moment when you need it the most, and once those moments and the musical notes make that connection they create an emotional feeling that are forever tied together and frozen in time. And throughout your life if you need to revisit that moment at any time, whether good or bad, you can just press play.

The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme

Toro Y Moi – Causers of This

Blue Hawaii – Blooming Summer

Best Coast – Crazy For You

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

Caribou – Swim

Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Theodore – Hold You Like a Lover

Wild Nothing – Gemini

Callers – Life of Love

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Forest Swords – Dagger Paths

Zola Jesus – Stridulum II

Happy Birthday – Happy Birthday

Beach House – Devotion

Silje Nes – Opticks

No Age – Everything in Between

Anni Rossi -Heavy Meadow

Mountain Man – Made the Harbor

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\

Violens – Amoral

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig

Javiera Mena – Mena

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