Thursday, 27 December 2012


We’ve gone and done one of those lists that should be avoided with added pretentious muso sentence.

1: Swans – The Seer
A 2 hour album with a 32 minute song and not a second is less than sublimely vital.

2: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
Innocently wise sisters’ gorgeous harmonies sing magical campfire melodies.

3: Actress – R.I.P.
Masterful and challenging dance music layered and enveloped in reflective brilliance.

4: Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Substantial intelligence and literate truth covered in an irresistible smooth R&B exterior.

5: Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
Powerful, exciting and unrelenting garage rock that kicks melodic ass.

6: Bob Dylan – Tempest
Bob Dylan released an album in the year and so it was the best album of the year.

7: Tame Impala – Lonerism
Psychedelic sounds spiral into a modern pop classic.

8: Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
Heart-wrenchingly honest break-up album emitting humour and hope.

9: The Cribs – In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
Blasts of raw energy and chaotic choruses confirm why you always loved them.

10: Bill Fay – Life Is People
Slowly moving masterpiece about life, death, hope and regret crooned with accepted wisdom.

11: Liars – WIXIW
Off-kilter, nagging noise from dark souls creeps to inviting warm and tuneful depths.

12: Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Dignified, exposing and beautifully realised collection of crafted songs.

13: Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Aptly named joyous riot of guitars, slogans and energy.

14: Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
Difficult, abstract, impenetrable, twisted, terrifying beauty.

15: Julia Holter – Ekstatis
Hypnotic dreams float organically into artfully pretty melodic bliss.

16: Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
An aggressive pounding in thrilling complex time signatures.

17: Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Poetically aggressive, politically raw, cunningly produced old-skool rap.

18: Crystal Castles – (III)
Atmospheric foreboding electronica that sparkles and soothes.

19: Tall Ships – Everything Touching
Wonky electronic riffs and roaring organic choruses impress.

20: The Coup – Sorry To Bother You
Addictively infectious hip-hop party with engaging underlying messages.

*not made in Leeds

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