Who We Be – Our Favourite Albums From The Last Year

For a change, I wanted to talk about us.

Over the last few weeks, media coverage has been dominated by awards and ‘Best of’ lists from 2017. From a marketing perspective, your LinkedIn feed is undoubtedly full of the top trends for the year ahead, but few show agencies’ actual real-life interests.

We’re constantly interrogating, adapting, and applying the newest marketing trends in our working lives, but another common interest across our teams is music; album recommendations and the  5.30pm scramble away from the desks to get a bite to eat before a gig in town.

With that in mind, I’ve grouped together a couple of our favourite albums of 2017 from our biggest earphone junkies.

Naomi Togher (Account Executive, Client Leadership)

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream  

It’s really rewarding on repeated listening, my favourite songs kind of change but they are all very good in my opinion.

Emma Doherty (Chief Planning Officer)

Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Run The Jewels or The XX were in contention, but QOTSA win for giving me energy as the year drew to a close, with an album I could play at any time, in any mood.  It was also accompanied with another epic live gig in Dublin. 

Grainne Mac Neice (Account Executive, Client Leadership)

All Tvvins – IIVV 

I like it because it’s bloody excellent and they are even better live. There’s a glockenspiel in the opening song of the album and that just says it all! Listen to it while doing absolutely everything especially driving.

Dave Kirkpatrick (Chief Strategy and Digital Officer)

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice  

Two of my favourite artists coming together in a completely unexpected way. The male/female duet thing worked brilliantly.

Laura Cavanagh (Senior Office Manager)

Wolf Alice – Visions of Life 

I really liked the first album and had heard the first release off the second album and liked it. I’ve seen them live and they are fantastic.

Dave Bruen (Managing Partner)

Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos 

It was actually released in October 2016 (but was nominated for the Mercury in 2017).  It describes a moment in time, 4:18, on a London St, and the lives of seven individuals, each awake in their flats, all struggling with their fears and insecurities, against the backdrop of economic crisis, low paid work, immigration and the housing crisis.  It’s poetry/hip-hop/electronic politics, a perfectly formed album.

And obviously I had to include my own….

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding 

An absolute juggernaut of an album. On every listening, I’m consistently blown away by their big rock sound and the cutting lyrics of lead singer Adam Granduciel.

With January gone and February almost finished, our eyes are firmly placed on the upcoming festivals and summer gigs. Within them, there is lots of opportunities for a brand to sponsor, align and hi-jack. We all have passions and interests which can be an opportunity, if done correctly, for brands to really align and drive relevancy through a meaningful synch of likeminded events and brand. If you have an idea for your brand, reach out to your team.