Swamptronica & collage rock – the music I listened to in 2012

Some albums I bought and enjoyed this year, in no particular order. I’ve picked out one track from each LP – and restricted myself to just one line of stupid music journalist hyperbole. Happy raving.

Matthew Dear – Beams
Gothic swamptronica drizzled with lazer beams.

John Talabot – Fin
How Four Tet might sound lost inside a Barcelona house party at 4am.

Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Pet Shop Boys having babies with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne
The best band in the world show Kylie/Katie Perry the meaning of POP.

Cat Power – Sun
Chan Marshall goes electro and it feels like watching constellations in the desert.

Hot Chip – In Our Heads
A bouncy castle of perfect pop. How do you do that thing you do, that THING?


Dan Deacon – America
Inheritor of Caribou’s botany-pop, take this album on a pan-continental road trip.

Twin Shadow – Confess
The man who would be Prince gives me that funny high school feeling.

Chromatics – Kill For Love
Cat’s eyes, cola cubes, coloured vinyl, icicles.. you know what I mean.

Django Django – Django Django
Jigsaw cut-out-and-keep math-pop = brilliant new genre: collage rock.

Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
A musical bath bomb, guaranteed to exfoliate your brain cells.

Blondes – Blondes
Like taking MDMA in a factory while operating heavy machinery. I imagine.

Albums picked by Anna Doble in December 2012

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