Best of 2012 (So Far): In Brief

Spiritualized's 'Sweet Heart, Sweet Light'

Perfume Genius
Put Your Back N 2 It
(Matador)

A second set of heartbreaking piano-based dirges from our favorite You Tube-banned balladeer. – CK

Video: “Hood
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Frankie Rose
Interstellar
(Slumberland)

With no Outs in tow, singer-songwriter takes a trip to space and brings back her most brilliant findings. – JT

Video: “Night Swim“/Interview
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Ty Segall Band
Slaughterhouse
(In the Red)

Lo-fi rocker brings out a full band on a heavier album that’s rough around the edges but still boasting some of the most infectious pop melodies and vocals of the year. – DG

Stream: Wave Goodbye
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Shackleton
Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs

Tired of James Blake’s techno-chamber-pop and Skrillex’s Fatboy Slim impersonation? Return to cracking, sticky dubstep from the old school. – AB

Stream: “Katyusha


Sigur Rós
Valtari
(XL)

More indecipherable bliss to soundtrack film festival entries. – CK

Stream: “Varud
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Sleigh Bells
Reign of Terror
(Mom + Pop)

True shred guitar, volume cranked to 11.5 turn angelic pop to weaponized pop shrapnel. – JT

Video: “Comeback Kid
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Spiritualized
Sweet Heart Sweet Light
(Fat Possum)

Old habits die hard, but this gospel-tinged, space rock opus makes an awfully good case for hanging onto them. – CK

Video: “Hey Jane
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Torche
Harmonicraft
(Volcom)

Hearts, stars, moons, diamonds, clovers, horseshoes and riffs that could burn off your eyebrows. – JT

Stream: “Kicking
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TV Girl
The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle

Remember when Jens Lekman re-emerged with that Summer Mixtape in 3/4 Time? It’s like that, only somehow way better. – JS

Stream Album


The Walkmen
Heaven
(Fat Possum)

Warm, fuzzy, familiar and always welcome — the indie rock equivalent of your favorite fall sweater. – JT

Video: “Heaven
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