Favourite Albums of 2012 (So Far…)
Well, here they are, in no particular order. There are a couple I missed out—Tumblr has a 10-photo limit—and too many I haven’t even heard.
As far as hyped-up albums go, it’s been fairly disappointing. Best Coast did nothing but get on my nerves (I blame that Wavves dude); Beach House played Beach House; Japandroids sacrificed attitude for lo-fi-faux-fun; Grimes made me go meh; Peaking Lights’ Lucifer didn’t match up to 936 (I blame their kid). And God only knows why The Beach Boys are still making music.
Julia Holter’s my favourite so far, and for some reason I can’t take John Zorn’s Nosferatu off my playlist.It’s as dark as anything Bohren has done, but on a much more engaging level. Dirty Three came from nowhere to cut its album that, in its pseudo-psych freakouts and lingering violins, offers an interesting update to Godspeed’s post-rock model. Emptyset just clears my mind.
Except for James Iha’s sophomore solo and the second Willits + Sakamoto collaboration, I can’t think of any other album I’m looking forward to. But considering how the other hype beasts fared, maybe I shouldn’t be.
- Julia Holter Ekstasis
- Leonard Cohen Old Ideas
- Emptyset Medium
- Ilyas Ahmed By the Light
- The Observatory Catacombs
- Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO Son of a Bitches Brew
- John Zorn Nosferatu
- Atom TM Winterreise
- Pharaoh Overlord Lunar Jetman
- Dirty Three Toward the Low Sun