20. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
Honestly a bit disappointing after the masterpiece Cosmogramma, but it still delivers here and there.
19. Death Grips - The Money Store
Had a hard time deciding which of the two albums this year to include. The Money Store has some better singles but as an album is less consistently good than No Love Deep Web, but for obvious reasons I like this album cover better..
18. Black Dice - Mr. Impossible
Like any Black Dice record, really -- off-kilter beats, strange samples, lots of negative space.
17. Young Magic - Melt
Album Cover of the Year, that's gorgeous! This psych band melts a plethora of styles into a weird, complex, textured cohesive whole. This is a band to watch in the coming years.
16. Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape 2
Beats beats beats. Good beats.
15. The Bowerbirds - The Clearing
A return to form for this awesome folk band.
14. Whirr - Pipe Dreams
True to it's name, dreamy creamy shoegaze.
13. XXYYXX - XXYYXX
This beat maker is totally worth the hype. Had me singing "No, I don't want no scrub" in the shower.
12. Grizzly Bear - Shields
They're songwriting is getting a bit sloppy here and there, but for the most part the sounds are as good as they always have been. The guitars somewhat keep in the vein of Veckatimest, but it goes a bit more atmospheric and ambient for a lot of it as well.
11. DIIV - Oshin
Chilled out shoegaze -- this album has some unmissable classics for the genre, like How Long Have You Known and Doused.
10. TOY - TOY
Shoegaze krautrock rock'n'roll on an absolutely higher plane of existence than most.
9. Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship
Quite different from their debut, this psych band is going places.
8. Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
When I heard the guitars on this album, I immediately thought, "Shit, this sounds like something Albini could be behind..." Turns out it was.
7. Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile EP
Really showcases his songwriting in a way that Grizzly Bear cannot.
6. Bear In Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool
Dance music of a dark future. Great atmospheres, such a unique sound.
5. Two People Playing Music - For People
Unheard of indie jazz jam band. They're pretty much the best thing without a Pitchfork review this year.
4. Purity Ring - Shrines
Very awesome beats, very awesome vocals.
3. Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
The poetry this guy comes up with is heart-shattering.
2. Young Man - Vol. 1
Just gorgeous, gorgeous songwriting. He didn't get much recognition, as far as I could tell
1. Grimes - Visions
If this is a sign of what's to come, I'm very excited for the future. Absolutely amazing sounds and melodies.
And song of the year:
Two People Playing Music - Movies Without Sound