Top 10 New Albums of 2012

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  1. 1. Shearwater — “Animal Joy”
  2. 2. Sun Airway — “Soft Fall”
  3. 3. Wild Nothing — “Nocturne”
  4. 4. Beach House — “Bloom” {mp3: “lazuli”}
  5. 5. Cat Power —”Sun” {mp3: “ruin”}
  6. 6. Bad Books — “II”
  7. 7. Hospitality — “Hospitality”
  8. 8. Sea Wolf — “Old World Romance”
  9. 9. Divine Fits — “A Thing Called Divine Fits”
  10. 10. Now, Now — “Threads”

Runners up: Kishi Bashi, Father John Misty, Sun Kil Moon, The Shins, Tallest Man on Earth.

See also: My Top 10 New Albums of 2010. (Sorry, 2011.)

Music Recap

Lots of good stuff to share! I’m also gonna try a new thing; unprofound descriptions of the bands I write about in sixty characters or so. Let’s go!

From my favorite record so far this year…
Shearwater — “Open Your Houses” {mp3}.

From Animal Joy {amazon}. 

Twee pop from Denmark à la the Lucksmiths…
Northern Portrait — “Life Returns to Normal” {mp3}.

From Criminal Art Lovers{amazon}.

Phoenix meets Twin Shadow at 80s night hosted by John Britt Daniel…
White Rabbit — “Hold it to the Fire” {mp3}.

From Milk Famous {amazon}.

Led by a multi-instrumentalist from Beirut & the Arcade Fire…
Bright Moments — “Travelers” {mp3}.

From Natives {amazon}.

Wasn’t a fan of this genre until I discovered Hank Williams…
Deep Dark Woods — “Sugar Mama” {mp3}.

From Place I Left Behind {amazon}.