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07.09.13 2013.5 11.22.12 Conrad's Top 50 Albums Of 2012
06.15.12 2012.5 03.23.12 2012 Q1: The Unsung (and The Less So)
03.19.12 Conrad Made An Album. 12.07.11 conrad presents 25 from 2011
06.11.11 The 2011 List You Probably Haven't Hear 05.01.11 Fuck Elitism.
01.19.11 Albums That Changed The Way I Listen 12.08.10 Conrad's 2010: Top 25 (with Description

2012 Q1: The Unsung (and The Less So)

25 great albums from 2012, sorted by release date. Admittedly, some of these are released in April or May, but I happened upon them all during the first quarter.
1Ahnnu
Couch


Home-brewed beats that evoke old infomercials and Saturday morning cartoons while keeping you guessing. http://www.ahnnu.bandcamp.com
2The Caretaker
Patience (After Sebald)


A cavernous journey into empty headspaces. In other words, a hauntologist's dream. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edWk-theSZc
3Tyme. x Tujiko
GYU


Dreamy art-pop from another galaxy, gloriously liberated from traditional song structure or conventional melodic wisdom. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=gSMLhNXxrj0
4Jason Urick
I Love You


Ever-shifting sonic landscapes that are seemingly bottomless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2orvwRxblw4
5The 2 Bears
Be Strong


Genuinely cheerful revivalism, with nary a cheeky wink in sight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxI8QliBOKs
6Lana Del Rey
Born To Die


Bougie dreams, silent screams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbyOKKqsTfE
7Hospitality
Hospitality


Oh, this shit isn't cool anymore? Sweet. Now we can enjoy it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP_i6j-xGwc
8Pepe Deluxe
Queen of the Wave


A perplexing, exhilarating journey through decades that gleefully bursts at the seams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn2c6LhUBeI
9Demdike Stare
Elemental


The keepers of the keys to worlds unknown. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=k9i3aMLHyeY
10Blondes
Blondes


Dance music centered about the x-axis, less concerned with where it's going than with the possibilities of movement inherent in the 'going' itself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tr4mGR36RQ
11of Montreal
Paralytic Stalks


RIYL: the demented parade from Satoshi Kon's Paprika, Sufjan Stevens post- breakdown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-8QkKikapk
12Virtual Boy
Virtual Boy


Downtempo for the dubstep generation. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Wy_cerZAht0
13OST
Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts


Memories through a magnifying glass, reinterpreted as music for the night and the faceless. "Where there is fire, we'll carry gasoline." (Also: the Books if they were depressed.) http://originalsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/
14Burial
Kindred


Do you have ears? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=555XMqqDYtU
15Grimes
Visions


Spectral, alternate-world pop pilfered and filtered through too many Tumblrs to count. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtH68PJIQLE
16Mouse on Mars
Parastrophics


They've still got it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCYEkvmk2Mw
17Meysell Quintana
Miracle of the Sun


Gorgeous, healing washes of sound. http://meysell.bandcamp.com/album/miracle-of-the-sun
18Karantamba
Ndigal


Wicked rhythms, intoxicating grooves, and brilliant melodies that transcend the 21st century's fetishization of "world music". http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FQmT89440D8
19Rash
Purpleimage


What if your computer had feelings? http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nbrWF8_q-xI
20Tanlines
Mixed Emotions


Two unabashedly milquetoast dudes trying desperately not to be, making strangely irresistible songs in the process. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=4FdWDyH9XqY
21Bear In Heaven
I Love You, It's Cool


This new look suits them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjW5rkXiQdc
22Zammuto
Zammuto


Woodsy, irreverent, and devastatingly moving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb6D54K_XEk
23Orcas
Orcas


Ambien(t) pop. That's not a criticism. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nvtM1v9zlFc
24Huoratron
Cryptocracy


Filthy, squelching electro. You may need to shower after listening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsHIzhaNOYU
25Beach House
Bloom


Music for cathedrals and dimly lit bedrooms all across the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuvWc3ToDHg
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