20. The Heavy - What Makes A Good Man?
19. Divine Fits - Would That Not Be Nice
18. Hostage Calm - Ballots/Stones
17. alt-J - Fitzpleasure
16. Jeff the Brotherhood - Sixpack
15. Dan Deacon - Lots
14. LP - Toyko Sunrise (Live)
13. Matt & Kim - Let’s Go
12. Now, Now - Thread
11. Grimes - Oblivion
10. The xx - Angels
9. Delta Spirit - Tear It Up
8. Grizzly Bear - Yet Again
7. Cloud Nothings - Fall In
6. Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
5. Title Fight - Numb, But I Still Feel It
Who isn’t talking about Title Fight? This year’s release Floral Green powers through 11 tracks, and gets a kick start with Numb, But I Still Feel It. Three minutes of admissions about feeling powerless are anything but strong. As Jamie Rhoden shouts through this melodic punk track it’s hard not to sing along.
4. Purity Ring - Obedear
2012 is the year for electronic artists to go where they have never gone before, and Purity Ring are riding the waves of this tsunami. These relative new-comers have achieved respect for their skillfully derived beats and haunting vocal effects. From 2012’s Shrines, Obedear is unusual but the most listenable track, even if you aren’t in the mood for the dark and brooding roller coaster that you will get with the rest of this first LP.
3. Passion Pit - Take a Walk
The song that everyone has heard this year is Passion Pit’s anthem of a first single Take a Walk. The moment that Passion Pit walked on stage and opened with this song at this summer’s Lollapalooza festival, the crowd was enthralled. At every Passion Pit performance I have seen this year, concert-goers are more than happy to join along in the chant of “Take a walk, take a walk!”
(Honorable Mention: Passion Pit - Carried Away)
2. Maps & Atlases - Fever
Maps & Atlases went somewhere new with 2012’s Beware and Be Grateful. Somewhere fun. Their single Fever is light and danceable, but it is still incredibly passionate and still Maps & Atlases.
1. Minus the Bear - Lies and Eyes
Perhaps the band’s most overlooked track off of their 2012 release Infinity Overhead, Lies and Eyes takes the listener somewhere that Steel and Blood and Diamond Lightning fail to achieve. The song is catchy yet the subject matter is classically introspective yet relatable in true Minus the Bear form. The catchiest bridge I’ve ever heard followed by the pushing chorus of “Do you wanna do you wanna know, the good decision never feels like the right time, girl.” explodes into an impressive guitar solo and then effortlessly eases back into the next verse. This song is a work of art.
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