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2012: First Half

My top 25 albums of the year so far. Order is liable to change by the end of rthe year, but this is how I'm feeling 6 months in.
25 First Aid Kit
The Lion's Roar


Oh, these girls. So young and beautiful, and so so talented. (And Swedish! so that's a plus). Their debut was a bit shaky, but they really hit their stride here. The album sags a bit in the second half, ("To a Poet" is particularly grueling) but in general, this is a beautiful folk-pop record. "Emmylou" is definitely one of the best songs of the year, just about as close to perfect as a song can be. This is like honey for the ears.
24Laurel Halo
Quarantine


This is one of those records you should just listen to for yourself. Really intriguing textures and melodies, consistently engaging. This is without a doubt my favorite thing Halo has been involved with, and I hope she keeps this trend going.
23 Larkin Grimm
Soul Retrieval


Did any of you hear this? How many of you even know her? It's a shame if that number is even remotely low, because this is one special woman. Larkin Grimm has been putting out incredible record after incredible record, and this one is no different. A bit more relaxed than usual, she sounds right at home in these woodwind and harp occupied songs. That voice, those words, those hooks - it's all here. Not quite as good as her masterpiece, 2006's The Last Tree, but do yourself a favor and lend your ear to Soul Retrieval.
22Garbage
Not Your Kind of People


Maybe it's just the nostalgia, but I really liked Garbage's so-called "comeback" album. It sounds like it could have fit between Version 2.0 and Beautifulgarbage in their discography and for the most part it nails their target sound. Shirley Manson, one of my favorite figures in rock music, does not disappoint. "Beloved Freak" notwithstanding, this is a solid set of songs. And it's better than Bleed Like Me, so, hey, there's that!
21 Soap&Skin
Narrow


A mini-album, to be sure, but a hell of a mini-album at that. Austria's Anja Plaschg deserves more credit than she has received. Narrow present striking contrasts between dooming, foreboding epics ("Vater") and impossibly pretty and delicate ballads ("Lost", "Wonder"). A moving listen. And that voice!
20Lost in the Trees
A Church That Fits Our Needs


This is a gem. I had never heard of this band before this was released and I listened on a whim. I was awestruck. This is a story of a astounding, austere beauty, and profoundly heartbreaking (though, oddly, optimistic) songwriting. I only read the backstory after hearing, but it does enhance the listening. Find this one.
19Burial
Kindred


Still rather anonymous and quiet, Burial makes electronic music interesting again. he always revives my interest in the genre when it is growing most thin. His dubby, trance-like beats and pulses sound amazing in headphones and on speakers, and it maintains its intrigue over the elongated runningtimes.
18Andrew Bird
Break it Yourself


An Andrew Bird album is always good news. He is one of the most reliable sources of good old indie-rock, and a brilliant violinist ("Hole in the Ocean Floor" is a masterpiece). I will always be excited when he releases something. This isn't his best, but it's up there.
17Grimes
Visions


This one took me a while. I couldn't bare listening to her voice most of the time, and I found her whole "post-internet" claim to be, honestly, rather offputting. Over time I warmed up to her though, and found her music to be rather enjoyable. Her voice is nimble and quite impressive at times, and when she gets all soft and sultry on "Skin", I realize just how talented this woman can be.
16Lower Dens
Nootropics


Here's a band to watch. Jana Hunter has been making good music for a while, but Lower Dens' debut kind of slipped by me. I didn't get into it. With Nootropics the band returns with full force, creating droning alternative rock tracks for Hunter's husky voice to slide along. She sounds a bit like Beach House's Victoria Legrand, but not distractingly so. "Nova Anthem" is probably her best performance to date, and it is a shining moment.
15Mirel Wagner
Mirel Wagner


I suspect this one slipped under the radar for most people. Seek it out! It's a very dark, bleak, spare record adorned with just Wagner's guitar and her voice, and the result is stark and beautiful.
14Santigold
Master of My Make-Believe


Similar to Sigur Ros, people seemed upset with the long-awaited return of Santigold. I, for one, loved it. Is it as good as her debut? Not quite. But is it still an awesome piece of music? For sure! I like the more subterranean beats and the Caribbean-influenced instrumentation, and it is definitely more focused than her debut. It didn't jive with some, but I am surely not in that crowd.
13Julia Holter
Ekstasis


A peculiar album. It sounds very DIY while also sounding very professional and extremely well thought-out. Holter's delicate voice flits in and out of her ambient pop constructions and it makes for a lush, lovely listen. For proof, just slap on some heads phones and listen to "Boy in the Moon."
12Hot Chip
In Our Heads


Without a doubt their best LP yet, this is definitely worthy of being on many "Best of 2012" lists. Really groovy, and goes a lot deeper than most of their previous stuff. Their sense of humor is still here (see: "Night & Day") but they also let their sweet side shine, and it pays off in dividends.
11Sigur Ros
Valtari


I don't care what people say, I really liked Valtari! It seems like a natural direction to me, after the more buoyant textures of Takk... and Med Sud i Eyrum (as well as Jonsi's more upbeat solo record). Beautiful, long, drawn out, ghostly, and hypnotizing. A great record.
10Chairlift
Something


I did not ever think a Chairlift record would be a "top 10" record for me, but alas! Their debut was charming but too haphazard to really stick, but their sophomore release bests its predecessor in every way. Now a duo, Chairlift have really hit their stride. Great beats, Caroline's lovely, slippery voice, and improved songwriting make this my number 10.
9 Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be


Another one I fear will get unfairly lost. Without a doubt the best drone record that I have heard yet (with Motion Sickness of Time Travel trailing not too far behind) in these past 6 months. I've been a fan for a while, but this is their best record in a few years. Utterly staggering, and extremely relaxing without ever losing my attention.
8 Jesca Hoop
The House That Jack Built


Great Britain-based-via-California singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop has slowly been gathering steam. Her third album is by far her best, and contains a multitude of energetic, inspired songwriting, along with a share of rather bizarre moments ("Ode to Banksy"). The two acoustic ballads (the title track and "DNR") are the finest examples of her craft, dealing with very personal events of loss and heartbreak revolving her father and his death. Her voice, lyrics, and melodies are at their knottiest -- and best.
7Mirrorring
Foreign Body


Two of my favorite artists in music right now, both of the experimental northwest movement that is ever-thriving. Jesy Fortino and Liz Harris have joined forces and produced a very subtle, eery, but ultimately radiantly transportive record. They work so well together, and I hope for a sequel.
6Sharon van Etten
Tramp


Yes, this is a confessional singer-songwriter album. It's hard to stick out in that realm. But van Etten does. She's a wonderful lyricist with a great knack for sticky melodies. One of the best of the genre in the past couple years.
5Light Asylum
Light Asylum


I think I am in the minority here. Plenty of people "like" Light Asylum, but there seemed to be a general disappointment with their first full-length LP. I loved it. Good grooves, memorable hooks, and the truly unique, entrancing voice of Shannon Funchess.
4 The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


Another one of the most consistent people in music, TTMOE has issued an album of delicate, intricate, and moving country-tinged folk songs. I'll definitely be remembering the devastating "On Every Page" for a long time.
3Beach House
Bloom


First impression: OK, just like Teen Dream. Second impression: IDGAF. This band has at this point utterly perfected their sound, and these songs are just as good if not better than the ones on their previous albums. Victoria's songwriting has really strengthened over the years.
2Perfume Genius
Put Your Back N 2 It


A small record that I fear will get lost in the shuffle come year-end list making, but one that I think is truly special and deserving of this placement. A set of spare and heartbreaking songs. It's so pretty, too!
1Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...


I expected to like this, but I did not expect to love it. Potentially her best album, proving 7 years is worth the wait. So unique, interesting, challenging, and beautiful. Her lyrics are top-notch and the bare but not spare instrumentation is brilliant. "Left Alone" is arguably her best song ever.
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