‘Rhubarb’, apparently January’s job is to force rhubarb, to do this you have to cover it and this encourages growth. I have been told the first stems are tender and sweet. In the past a record label would throw cash at bands and encourage them to grow. None of the labels and bands that have made onto this list will have any money to throw around. This was and has never been my intention, it is just the way music works for me. Maybe these bands are like rhubarb without the spotlight of media they can grow in there own way and in their own time, or maybe they are forced to grow and change to keep their often small but loyal fan base interested. Either way I have managed to get a gardening analogy and some sort of introduction done, for four very different acts.
I can see where these two albums could be comparable. Both have become more essential after each listen, both seem suffocating and claustrophobic at times and both have light moments that shine so brightly that the darkness that went before is lifted. I do have to choose a winner and so Kuro are catapulted into the finals.
I thought Nudity would walk into the final but they have come up against some fine opposition and it has not been as clear cut as I thought. Take this Kandodo/Mcbain album, it really is an incredible piece of work and is worthy of your time. I honestly think that at both 45rpm and 33rpm work, the last listen was a 45rpm and was a real uplifting experience. It is maybe the familiarity with these songs that have made this such a great album. For years now files of these songs have been on my hard drive and hearing them on wax for the first time was like seeing an old friend for the first time in years and remembering why you were friends in the first place. Nudity win!