k’s Top Albums of 2012 (@kerryrm)

Posted December 20th, 2012 by k

Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Like M83’s Saturdays = Youth, Wild Nothing’s Nocturne tugs at the heartstrings of my ’80s childhood and my ’90s twee indie pop infatuation.

Tennis – Young & Old
This album makes me want to lay in the grass on a sunny Summer day with nothing to do.

Marina & The Diamonds – Electra Heart
I am a sucker for a British chanteuse with a broken heart and a dark, wry wit backed by over-produced club-ready beats.

DIIV – Oshin
I hear elements of Ride, The Cure, and a slew of other “dream pop” bands I’ve loved for years.

Chromatics – Kill For Love
It is dark, seductive and preys on all my weaknesses like the perfect temptress.

Kaki King – Glow
Gorgeous guitar instrumentals that will break your heart over and over.

Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Raucous, unapologetic straight forward guitar-based indie rock with heart and soul.

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
Catchy power-pop with nods to early Emo as well as Jawbreaker, et al.

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Over-produced, over-hyped vapid and trite pop exactly how it should be done.

Saint Etienne – Words and Music
A synth laden dance-floor album about being in love with music.

Top Singles*
Breaking the YearlingsShearwater
Lost in My BedroomSky Ferreira
Feels Like We Only Go BackwardsTame Impala
EmmylouFirst Aid Kit
Losing YouSolange
ThreadsNow Now
Silver SpringLykke Li
Atomic AgeParlour Tricks
I Wanna Go OutTeen Mom
OKAY CupidKitty Pryde
DreamersSavoir Adore
Disparate YouthSantigold
HeartbreakerThe Walkmen
212Azealia Banks

(*My personal rule is that my top singles can’t be on any of the albums in my top album list.)

Kerry’s previous lists: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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