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12.04.13 Top 5 Albums Of 2013 01.08.13 Top 5 Albums Of 2012

Top 5 Albums Of 2012

2012 was the year I began to really pay attention to music and keep up with new releases. Here rrrare my favorite 5 albums from this past year.
5Purity Ring
Shrines


When I first found Ungirthed and Belispeak floating around the blogosphere, I was floored at the precision of the sound this duo was cultivating, and I couldn't wait for the full length debut. Shrines did not disappoint, expanding on that sound just enough to create some truly excellent and unique bass-heavy pop. I had the fortune of seeing them live this year as well, and they put on an absolutely amazing performance.
4Holy Other
Held


On his first full length, Holy Other melds aspects of witch house and future garage into something sleek and utterly sensual that makes good on all the promise showcased in last year's With U EP. Captivating, haunting and beautiful all the way through, this album was one of my biggest addictions this year.
3Burial
Kindred


Between the danceable Street Halo and the sparse Truant/Rough Sleeper, Kindred showcases Burial's sound at its most focused. The three songs here are fully realized, long-form future garage epics that, for me, are on par with his classic Untrue.
2Dweller on the Threshold
Dweller on the Threshold


In a droning, lo-fi mix of alt-country and post-rock with the spirit of post-hardcore (probably due to the inclusion of ex-members of bands like Daniel Striped Tiger and Death to Tyrants), Dweller on the Threshold has created an expansive and hard-hitting album that could only have come through Enemies List. This is one of the few records from this year that I just had to have on vinyl, made even more enticing because of the gorgeous cover art which captures the vastness of this album's sound.
1Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory


Achieving a sweet spot between Sunny Day Real Estate and Nirvana with a pinch of modern indie pop sensibility, Cloud Nothings' full band debut harkens back to the best of 90s grunge and emo. Masterfully produced by Steve Albini, this album was exactly the kick in the balls that indie rock needed this year, and was my most played without question.
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