Murder by Death’s “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon” is an obvious number one for me. After that, the albums and rankings are fluid.
Murder By Death “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon”
Murder By Death isn’t as scary as their band name may suggest. Their new album creates a mood that is both adventurous and introspective. This might be their best work to date (after six previous albums).
Waxahatchee “American Weekend”
Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) wrote an album that is cold and familiar. Nostalgia for days.
Sun Kil Moon “Among the Leaves”
A great rainy day record.
Only two songs long, but a taste of great things to come for this band.
The Smith Street Band “Sunshine & Technology”
Fun band from Australia makes an addicting album.
Grunge-y without being too derivative. An impressive feat.
Arliss Nancy “Simple Machines”
One of the best young bands at the alt-country/rock thing. Simple Machines is proof their getting better with each effort.
Best Coast “The Only Place”
Not sure why I can’t stop listening to this, I just can’t, so here it is.
Nick Waterhouse “Time’s All Gone”
Make a modern jazzy/soul album and not sound cheesy, and you’ll have my respect forever.
Downtown Struts “Victoria!”
A straight-forward punk album? I need at least one and this is my favorite of 2012.