Here we have part 2/5 of our run down of the best albums of 2012. Remember, this is just my opinion.
20. DIIV – Oshin
The only dream-pop album to feature in my top 25, DIIV’s ‘Oshin’ is more a work of art than an album. There’s a reason why this genre is called dream-pop. Whenever I come back to this album I’m immediately whisked away to a state of pure bliss. For the next 40 minutes I can just forget about all the trials and tribulations of every day life, and just chill. The instrumentation, whilst being understated, is absolutely flawless throughout, and in places wildly impressive. Zachary Cole Smith’s vocals are fascinating, enchanting and his songwriting prowess is undeniable. In short, Oshin is a truly gorgeous listen, and a very impressive debut.
19. Joey Bada$$ – 1999
Admittedly, I’m not much of a hip-hop connoisseur. 3 or 4 years ago I never could have seen myself putting a hip-hop album in a list of my favourite records of the year, but here we are. In February, Joey Bada$$ released the video for Survival Tactics to rapturous and unanimous praise. He then unveiled what would turn out to be perhaps one of the best hip-hop records of the year, ‘1999’. Encapsulating everything that was so revered about mid-90’s hip-hop, tracks like ‘Waves’, ‘Daily Routine’, ‘Snakes’ and ‘Killuminati’ could still be being talked about in 10 years time, they’re just that good. Considering this dude is still only 17 years old, 1999 is an extremely promising debut. There are a few weak tracks on there, which is to be expected on a free mixtape, but overall this is a record which should not be ignored.
18. Tall Ships – Everything Touching
It’s truly a privilege to see a band rise from absolutely nothing, to then see them packing out festival tents and selling out headline tours. My earliest memory of Falmouth’s most prized export, was when their MySpace page was covered with pictures of body builders, and they were about to embark on their first tour with Tubelord. That was a while ago. With this, their first full length release, Tall Ships have exceeded all my lofty expectations. Everything Touching is an exhilarating, original, and in places absolutely beautiful record.
17. Fixers – We’ll Be The Moon
I’ve got a horrible feeling that people are going to forget about this record in their end of year lists. We’ll Be The Moon was Fixers’ debut full-length, but it was brimming with the confidence of a band who were on the third or fourth album. The Oxford quintet’s unique brand of rich, experimental pop music was a huge breath of fresh air at the time. Combining elements of electronic pop, psychedelic rock and Beach Boys vibes, We’ll Be The Moon is a pretty stunning debut effort. I just hope it gets the recognition it deserves over the course of the ‘end of year list’ winter period.
16. Oberhofer – Time Capsules II
Kind of splitting opinion among the press on its release, Oberhofer’s Time Capsules II was an album which upon my first listen, I knew was going to be one of my favourite records of the year. Everything about it is so endearing. Every hook. Every little guitar line. Every drum roll. There are too many stand out moments on the album to mention, but let me guarantee you this, if you’re looking for an indie album, which doesn’t take itself too seriously, and just wants you to have fun. Then look no further.