Name & Position: Devaki Knowles, contributing photographer
Grimes Visions 4AD Records
This album was in constant rotation throughout the year. Every track on this album feels like it could have been released as a Billboard Top Ten single. Grimes’ sound is a perfect combination of ethereal psychedelic electronic atmospherics and then ground into a stew of Paul Abdul-meets-Jimmy Jam pop.
Best New Band:
This Brooklyn based act has a sexy disco sound that is infectious. One of the better live acts I had the pleasure of seeing.
Best Underappreciated Album:
Single Lash Almost Breathing Self-released
I feel like the term “shoegaze” is overused to describe current bands but this Austin, TX based act captures the essence of the salad days of Creation Records. Throw in a dash of ‘80s Bat Cave styling, and a pinch of Sisters of Mercy, creating a recipe of sound that I predict will make quite a stir in 2013.
The Weeknd Trilogy Republic LP
That track “The Morning” made quite an impression when I first heard it when I downloaded “House of Balloons.” I love the physical release of this record but I miss some of the production panache that Jeremy Rose added to the original release.
Best Live Band:
Silver Apples is hands down one of my favorite bands of all time. I had the pleasure of seeing Simeon lead the crowd into a fantastical psychedelic New Year’s celebration as he performed a New Year’s Eve Show at the Dragon’s Den in New Orleans. I saw him at 12:30 in the morning, a witching hour of magical ambience nestled in the bosom of one of my favorite cities.
I love it when I get an opportunity to work with friends and family and working with Agent Ribbons was no exception. I love Natalie and Lauren’s aesthetic and any chance to collaborate on a creative project with strong female artists is the best. We did several shoots this year, adding incredible memories to a very busy year of working with artists that I respect and love.
Best Movie/TV show:
“Moonrise Kingdom” directed by Wes Anderson
A masterfully directed, beautiful tale mixing the best visual aspects of Anderson’s whimsy along with odes to the infectious French pop of the past.