Top 10 ATL Albums of 2010


Qurious - Planet Plant1. Qurious – Planet Plant
The year’s best local album is also its quirkiest. Nothing in Atlanta sounds quite like Qurious. The duo’s music is ambient and electronic to be sure, with hints of trip-hop, electronica and shoegaze layered in, but any concrete comparisons are fleeting at best. The songs on Planet Plant sound something like deconstructed dreams, a collection of half-formed thoughts and images that have been shattered into minute fragments and recast as chilling and surreal pop noise. And always floating in the distance is Catherine Quesenberry’s hypnotic siren’s call vocals seeking to further lure you in and drag you deep into the eerie depths of their abstract atmospheric reverie. It’s sort of a musical rabbit hole, one that draws considerable strength from dragging you from one unexpected and exotic locale to another, but the duo is careful to leave just enough string behind so you can pull yourself out of the trance and find your way back home again. An absolutely stunning effort.

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