10. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear’s funky electronic psychedelia maintains traces of his signature Beach Boy-esque poppiness but pushes the frontier of the Animal Collective’s aural legacy into a more mechanically organic creation.
Best Track: Come To Your Senses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHQnMdPMZW4
9. Jeff Bridges – Sleeping Tapes
Jeff Bridges’ spoken word ambient album.
“Sleeping Tapes. Ha. I love that right there. And all that it implies, you know?
Sleep, of course implies waking up.
Tapes – imply recording. Yeah? Sharing things. Sort of implies, you know, the past and the future. Things recorded in the past, to share in some future time.
(Sigh) I think ah, done everything… Ha Ha Ha.
Everything implies everything else, you know? Yeah. Sleeping Tapes.”
Best Track: Temescal Canyon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHEv-Go1Bcc
8. The Underachievers – Evermore: The Art Of Duality
Two of Brooklyn’s finest philosophically highlight contradictions in life while the stark duality of thought and behavior they explore manifests itself in two distinct phases of their album.
Best Track: Unconscious Monsters (Evermore Outro) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlhtMU_NFvo
7. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl
A brilliant Norwegian singer with hybridized electro-instrumental backdrops gives a bird’s eye analysis of culture.
Best Track: Heaven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufcx1wamdkE
6. Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
Idaho’s 2011 lo-fi dreamy bedroom pop icon has developed his sound into a crisp, heavy, and unique array of electronic rock. Dealing with his own form of ennui, Trevor Powers’ lyrics explore loss and nostalgia in a replayable 40 minute ride.
Best Track: Free Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8J-sPFZx-I
5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Amidst cultural and existential ennui, Father John relates the multifaceted mysteries of the concept of love and the place it occupies over lush and complex instrumentation.
Best Tracks: Strange Encounter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefr781v2pc
True Affection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X36cTqByZ7c
4. Oddisee – The Good Fight
“Smart. Way smarter, way smarter than your average bear. And you gotta get that right off the tap, like, first things first, listening to Oddisee there’s just a couple of things you’re gonna have to acknowledge that are gonna go over your head, like just get ready for that… We’ve dumbed it down to the point where we want things to be super simple, we just want everyone to get it and Oddisee doesn’t really focus on that, I don’t think he really focuses on you getting it, I think he’d rather have you keep up with him, like actually use your brain for more than a hat rack, and you know, go ahead and keep pace with what’s going on in the music and if you need to rewind it, rewind it there’s no shame in that; if you need to look something up, look it up there’s no shame in that, but like, as far as the where the concepts are gonna go, and, and what the lyrics are gonna be, Oddisee is a dude who really holds that mark solid, and I think the only thing that keeps him from being mainstream is the fact that he won’t dumb down. Like he’s still fighting, I don’t know if it’s even fighting the good fight.”
– Worse Before Better
Best Tracks: Want Something Done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0cGnfx4nWU
First Choice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJJzyvjmZes
3. Jamie xx – In Colour
This album is British. A colorful feast for the senses, a smattering of stylistic influences come together here to weave an electronic web of sounds that define individual patterns within songs but transition effortlessly between those designs to form one cohesive and addictive journey. I, and most people I know, weren’t initially impressed by this album; after I started with the second last track and let it loop- infection.
Let it loop.
Best Tracks: The Rest Is Noise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDiQgUS7HsE
Loud Places https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmtFPqZmOdU
2. Tame Impala – Currents
An album about change in a world solely defined by perpetual change. In a world solely defined by perpetual change, a word exists to define cultural pillars that embrace and contemplate the nature of the perpetual change that defines, enables, and is inextricably entangled with the concept of time itself: Timeless.
Enjoy the second law of thermodynamics.
Best Tracks: Let It Happen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ed6UeDp1ek
‘Cause I’m A Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefh9dFnChY
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
“I remembered you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin’ in the hotel room
I didn’t wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went runnin’ for answers”
Best Tracks: Wesley’s Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0QtdISwioc
Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Going Down
Cannibal Ox – Blade of the Ronin
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
The Internet – Ego Death
Jib Kidder – Teaspoon to the Ocean
Vince Staples – Summertime ’06