2012 comes to a close. Time to reflect and share our best albums of the year.
1. Django Django - Django Django
My sound of 2012 is Django Django. The nerdy Scots bring a great fresh electronic pop album with influences from many different cultures. Not as exciting as I hoped live, but I bet they’re working hard to make their show more exciting.
2. The Vaccines - Come of Age
In 2012 the energy of The Vaccines continues strongly with sophomore album ‘Come of Age’. More instant indie-classics on this album, personal favorites: ‘Teenage Icon’, ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Aftershave Ocean’. Also, super tight live.
3. Tame Impala - Lonerism
Kevin Palmer from Tame Impala is a genius. As soon as I heard debut single ‘Solitude Is Bliss’ I was sold for live. Giving us a new wave of psychedelic rock is refreshing and album #2 was able to meet the tough expectations and the start of their global success.
4. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
2012 was also the year of my growing indie folk interest. The Head & the Heart, Milo Greene and especially Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are the guilty culprits.
5. Passion Pit - Gossamer
The synthpop sound of Passion Pit makes you move, it’s so catchy. On the contrary, the lyrics are sad and tough. The story of front man Michael Angelakos is intriguing and worth a look into. Again an album to put on repeat.
6. Bewitched Hands - Vampiric Ways
French accents in English, they are so memorable (remember the song ‘Homecoming’ by The Teenagers). It automatically makes The Bewitched Hands hot. But the reason why they are in my top 10 is because they have catchy songs. With ‘Vampiric Way’ they have the potential to convince crowds all over Europe, and beyond.
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
An unexpected artist on this list might be Seattle-based rapper Macklemore. Together with producer Ryan Lewis he brings music on which you can stay sitting. A must see live in 2013, Belgian festivals, you heard me.
8. Family of the Year - Loma Vista
I admit, I like happy, poppy bands. Family of the Year is one of those bands. After seeing a random Instagram-picture of this, for me unknown, band I checked their tour schedule and saw a planned gig in Brussels. And what a great, energetic concert it was in front of maybe 20 people. Afterwards I repeatedly listened to their latest album ‘Loma Vista’. As good as the songs sound on the record, it’s more of memory of the great gig.
9. Jack White - Blunderbuss
Jack’s debut solo album is a hit, what did you expect?! We want Megan back we gotta move on, no?
10. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls / alt-J - Awesome Wave
It took me way too long before I listened to these 2 albums from beginning to end. But they need to be in this top 10, well 11.
Friends - Manifest! Crazy about their singles, like ‘Friend Crush’, that I had to put these Brooklyn hipsters in.
Pond - Beard Wives Denim We don’t only get Tame Impala from our Aussie friends but also their side projects like Pond. And already a new album in 2013.