This should have been the first post to open up the new year here in Athens66. Never mind that though, this album is still worth posting about. It could have actually even been a contender for our Top 100 albums of the year if we hadn't ignored it the entire year (only to discover it on the last week of December).
This is the self-titled (but actually their third release) album from The New Year; an indie rock band from Texas that was basically born after the breakup of the slowcore band Bedhead. The album was released at the start of September on Touch and Go records and retains the slowcore principles of previous records. As expected, the album slowly builds up and in some cases even lets loose. The melodies all blend in perfectly while the lyrics are somewhat on the light side. The album is a real joy to listen and is one of the few albums I've heard recently that actually feels like a complete work. It gradually builds on to you and doesn't let go until the end of the record. Guess the belated start to the new year was worth it.