The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #1a – Cult of Dom Keller

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Cult Of Dom Keller

WHAT: Cult Of Dom Keller

WHEN: July 2013

WHERE: Mannequin

WHY: “I wanna see what you look like inside,” proclaims a line from “Eyes,” the first song on the self-titled Cult Of Dom Keller record. To my mind, that line relates back to the whole of the record in a way, because with these songs the Nottingham band seems to be striving to find new ways to look at just about anything and everything, new ways to see things no one has yet seen, and new ways to express what they’ve seen. To listen to this record is to fall down one hell of a rabbit hole, into the delirious, exhilarating uncertainty of unfathomable depths and unfathomable darkness, and to come out the other side not knowing which way is up, down, or sideways. Cardinal points mean nothing on their map, and it’s full steam ahead into the great beyond and the great unknown. This record is filled with all things wonderful; it’s murky, it’s loud, it’s mesmerizing, and it’s holy hellfire good. Even more than that, it’s exciting. If I had to pick one band from the UK to pin my hopes on in terms of flying the flag for psych rock, it would have to be the Cult Of Dom Keller. If you like psych rock and haven’t, for whatever reason, heard this record yet, you need to do yourself a favor and make sure this is the next thing you listen to.

MY JAMS: The whole shebang

[posted 3.20.14]


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