Ryan  Burns, phd
December 25, 2012

favorite albums and singles of 2012

I wasn’t going to post a list this year because I didn’t put too much effort into staying up-to-date with the scene. This is despite falling in love with nearly everything I heard from 2012. In fact, there were very few albums I heard that I didn’t like. Perhaps that’s why I somewhat stalled out around September. Anyway, enough babble, here’s my top 30 albums. After the first 10 or so the order becomes somewhat ambiguous in my mind.

  1. Purity Ring - Shrines
  2. Orcas - Orcas
  3. Grimes - Visions
  4. Kyle Bobby Dunn - Bring Me The Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn
  5. Tiny Leaves - What We Dream Of…
  6. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
  7. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
  8. Tame Impala - Lonerism
  9. Laurel Halo - Quarantine
  10. Pelt - Effigy
  11. Twin Shadow - Confess
  12. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
  13. Biosphere - L’Incoronazione Di Poppea
  14. Swans - The Seer
  15. Chromatics - Kill for Love
  16. Ceremony - Zoo
  17. Crystal Castles - iii
  18. Grizzly Bear - Shields
  19. Helios - Moiety
  20. Mirroring - Foreign Body
  21. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
  22. Sigur Rós - Valtari
  23. Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
  24. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
  25. Actress - RIP
  26. Sharon van Etten - Tramp
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  28. Laura Gibson - La Grande
  29. Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering
  30. First Aid Kit - Lion’s Roar

And there were several singles I loved:
(Probably most-listened-to track of the year) Summer Camp - Losing My Mind (St. Etienne remix)
St. Lucia - Before the Dive
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Caves - Eleven Twenty
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Taken by Trees - Dreams
Dum Dum Girls - I’ve Got Nothing
Electric Youth - The Best Thing
Deadmau5 - The Veldt

And a few honorable mention albums:
Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend
Jason Lescalleet - Songs about Nothing
The xx - Coexist
Frank Orange - Channel Orange
Belleruche - Rollerchain
TV Girl - The Wild, the Innocent, the TV Shuffle
Fushitsusha - Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

A few albums I haven’t listened to enough to put on this list, but that I liked on my first few listens:
Fennesz - Aun
The Walkmen - Heaven
Liars - WIXIW
Loscil - City Hospital (EP)
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Nils Frahm - Screws
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Greg Haines - Until The Point Of Hushed Support
Jakob Ullmann ?- Fremde Zeit - Addendum
Echo Lake - Wild Peace

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