Sweet 16

The results for the first round of WRVU’s Album of the Year tournament are in. Check out the updated bracket to see what albums remain standing.

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The journey will end here for eight of these albums. Support your favorites, because without you they will never become WRVU Album of the Year.


Sweet 16 matchups to look out for:

Mac Demarco – Salad Days vs. Future Islands – Singles

These albums garnered 20 and 18 votes in the first round, respectively.  Will Mac Demarco’s jangly, quirky guitar pop be able to hold up against Future Islands’ sleek, smooth, and sultry synthpop?

FKA Twigs – LP1 vs. Spoon – They Want My Soul

Consistent indie rock giants Spoon look to be strong contenders this year from their 24 vote total in the first round. They’re up against FKA Twigs, one of the biggest artists in the indie R&B scene, who comes into this round with a strong victory over Sun Kil Moon.  This might end up becoming a battle of the genres.

Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 vs. Real Estate – Atlas

Two of the top five scorers from the first round square off in the Sweet 16 and one of them will be going home.  Will it be the chilled, folky rock group Real Estate that advances or will rap duo Run the Jewels’ heavily hyped RTJ2 skip by?

Alt-J – This Is All Yours vs. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

This round sees popular UK art rock and chamber pop group Alt-J’s sophomore release going up against world-renowned hip hop producer Flying Lotus’ jazziest and most cohesive release to date.

Recap and vote totals from round one: 

Benjisunkilmoon vs. FKA_twigs_-_LP1

FKA twigs – LP1 with a surprise landslide over Sun Kil Moon – Benji.

Taylor_Swift_-_1989 vs. Todd_Terje_-_It's_Album_Time_album_cover

Taylor Swift – 1989 with a close loss to Todd Terje – It’s Album Time.

Jack_White_-_Lazaretto vs. atlas

Jack White – Lazaretto garners only 9 votes against Real Estate – Atlas.

Silver_Mt._Zion_-_Fuck_Off_Get_Free_We_Pour_Light_On_Everything vs. Freddie_Gibbs_Piñata

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – F**k Off Get Free inches by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata.

Swans_To_Be_Kind vs. Sylvan_Esso_-_Sylvan_Esso_album_cover

Swans – To Be Kind escapes elimination against Sylvan Esso’s self-titled album during a tiebreaker flash vote.

Mac_DeMarco_Salad_Days vs. BanksGoddessCover

Mac Demarco – Salad Days starts off strong over Banks – Goddess

Futureislands-singlesalbum vs. Damon-albarn-everyday-robots

Future Islands – Singles triumphs over Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Hozier_album vs. neil_MouthSoundsCover

Hozier’s self-titled takes out Neil Cicierega – Mouth Sounds.

Beck_Morning_Phasevs. Caribou_Our_Love

Beck – Morning Phase edges out Caribou – Our Love by a single vote.

They_Want_My_Soul vs. Grouper_-_Ruins_album_art

Spoon – They Want My Soul leaves Grouper – Ruins in the dust in a commanding landslide.

RunTheJewelsRTJ2 vs. And-Star-Power

No contest in the Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 vs. Foxygen – …And Star Power matchup.

Nikki_Nack_artwork vs. Glass_animals_zaba

tUnE-yArDs – Nikki Nack denies advancement to Glass Animals – Zaba.

Aphex_twin_syro vs. Sam_Smith_In_the_Lonely_Hour

Aphex Twin – Syro takes an easy victory over Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour.

After_The_Disco_Cover vs.  St_Vincent_artwork

Broken Bells – After the Disco comes up way short on St. Vincent – s/t.

Alt-J_-_This_is_all_yours vs. st paul broken bones

Alt-J – This Is All Yours takes a clear advantage over St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half the City.

You're_Dead! vs. LakeStreetDive-badselfportraits

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! comes out on top over Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits.