Probably inspired by the other threads going on at the moment but what is your favourite purchase/find/freebie of the year so far. Preferably I'd like these to be a blind punt but checking out some sound samples first still counts as a punt I reckon. For me its this:
Vanishing Breed - Between Arrival and Departure
A wonderful mix of folk and electronics with a bit of afrobeat thrown in for good measure from 2005 on a German label made by a British man. Its not dancing around your handbags music but it's hardly been off my stereo since it arrived. I bought it partly blind as I could find few sound samples just a few seconds of piano so I had no idea what to expect but its superb and brings a tear to my eye. I bought as part of a deal on ebay but its the first thing I've heard in a while which has instantly struck a chord and made me want to play it again so soon afterwards.
It has a 'Morr Records' vibe which is understandable as there is a connection there.
So what are everybody's fave unexpected musical finds this year so far?