I know you don’t care, but here are
My Favorite Albums of 2012
by Lower DensJana Hunter’s haunting voice floats above beguilingly simple guitars. This record is close to art music; there are a few longer songs and an experimental piece which punctuate the catchy but surreal pop.Brains
Young Man in America
by Anaïs MitchellAnaïs has the most amazing voice, and her folk music is sparse and beautifully arranged. Stories about love, loss, and forgiveness.Dyin Day
A Different Ship
by Here We Go MagicQuiet, contemplative pop. Drenched in reverb and echoing guitars, the songs are meticulously assembled. This plays in nice contrast to the nature of the lyrics, which often describe uncertainty.Over the Ocean
by Grace WoodroofeGrace Woodroofe has a beautiful voice, and her record is filled with a pervasive melancholy that is very affecting. She’s a great storyteller and some songs draw from very personal experiences. Hers was my favorite live show of the year; her backing band is fantastic.I've Handled Myself Wrong
An Awesome Wave
by Alt-JThis is some of the greatest weird pop I’ve heard recently. The production is clean and tight and the voices are just odd enough. The album has great flow and doesn’t shy away from interesting interludes and experimentation.Tesselate
I Love You, It’s Cool
by Bear in HeavenThis is self referential electronic pop. It’s filled with an almost overwhelming sense of cool. The live show was great; the singer exudes a boyish charm as he seems to sing about you and him, in the present tense.Kiss Me Crazy
by Dinosaur FeathersDinosaur Feathers is intricate, upbeat pop. It’s complex, well arranged, well performed, and full of edgy guitars and time changes. They had me at the Bubb Rubb reference.Young Bucks
by LemoloTwo female singers in close harmony. Lots of pianos and spacious guitars give this dream pop a longing, deliberate feel.On Again, Off Again
All My Lovely Goners
by WinterpillsWinterpills is beautiful chamber pop. Their songs are exquisitely arranged, with male and female harmonies, and guitar parts that float on top of the songs. They’re particularly special to me as they played a show at my parents’ house this year.Minxy
by OpossomThis is a great summer record; you can’t escape its sun-drenched optimism and happiness. The Beach Boys, but more compressed and a bit more harsh. Short and sweet.Blue Meanies
by WhoMadeWhoOn this list for the second year in a row, Brighter is the more upbeat counterpart to last year’s Knee Deep. While more playful, they still create suspense and drama in their songs. Infectious, catchy Danish electro-pop.The Sun
by Beach HouseSynthesizers, high voices, electronic drums. Beach House is a dream: a slowly moving, cloud-filled haze. The album is beautiful and captivating as it brings you into its own world.Other People
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