Year in Music, 2012 edition.

I’ll keep this short. My notable albums of the year (in alphabetical order) were:

  • `Alleluia! Don’t Bend! Ascend! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • Bloom by Beach House
  • Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
  • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple
  • Lonerism by Tame Impala
  • Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen
  • Shields by Grizzly Bear
  • Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors

It was a bit of a strange year in that no album felt earth-shakingly landmark, though who can really say how these albums will fare over time. If I had to pick a favourite one, it would probably be Swing Lo Magellan, because I can envision listening to that one for a long, long time, though most of these albums have been really quite fantastic.

Also don’t miss:

  • Attack on Memory by Cloud Nothings
  • Bish Bosch by Scott Walker
  • Clear Moon by Mount Eerie
  • Confess by Twin Shadow
  • Ekstasis by Julia Holter
  • Gossamer by Passion Pit
  • The Haunted Man by Bat For Lashes
  • Mature Themes by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
  • Shrines by Purity Ring
  • Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus

And a special imaginary award goes to Atoms For Peace’s “Default”, which probably got the most playtime on my computer this year despite its relatively young age.

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