2012 Music – let the listing begin

This year's vinyl haul
This year’s vinyl haul

It’s been a extraordinarily good year for new music as far as I’m concerned. I’ll post my songs of the year shortly. In the meantime, here are some pre-list lists. You can never have too many lists.

Islet's Illuminated People sitting proudly atop my stereo

Album of the Year

Islet: Illuminated People

From the Six-Million Dollar Man sound effects which mark the opening of this album to the Russian-style chorus which ends it, ‘Illuminated People’ fizzes with so much musical and lyrical invention that it’s never less than exhilarating despite the repeated plays I’ve put it through already this year.

But although it’s uncompromising in its experimenting, this isn’t one of those art-rock albums which focus on the art and forget the rock: there are some fantastic tunes amidst the eccentricity and artistry.

Albums of the Year
  • Sharon Van Etten: Tramp
  • Soulsavers: The Light the Dead See
  • Sinead O’Connor: How About I Be Me (And You Be You?)
  • Richard Hawley: Standing at the Sky’s Edge
  • Beth Jeans Hougthon: Yours Truly Cellophane Nose
  • Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas
  • Cate Le Bon: Cyrk
  • Mark Lanegan Band: Blues Funeral
  • David Byrne and St. Vincent: Love This Giant
  • Beach House: Bloom
  • Cian Ciaran: Outside In
  • Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory
  • Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man
  • Golden Fable: Star Map
  • Marthas and Arthurs: The Hit World of Marthas and Arthurs
  • Patti Smith: Banga
  • Richard James: Pictures in the Morning
  • Cowboy Junkies – Wilderness
Georgia Ruth: Luna ep
Georgia Ruth: Luna ep


It was a good year for EPs too, digital vinyl and cassette (honestly)

Georgia Ruth – Luna

Free Swim – Dennis

Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze

Cate Le Bon – Cyrk II

The Son (s) – Leviathan

EMA: Past Lives, Martyred Saints
EMA: Past Lives, Martyred Saints

Albums I missed last year

EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints

Butcher Boy – Helping Hands

Cowboy Junkies – Sing in My Meadow

Cowboy Junkies – Remin Park

Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi


Albums I should have owned long before this year

Gene Clark – No Other

X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents

Katell Keineg – At The Mermaid Parade

New Pornographers – Together

Fairport Convention – What We Did On Our Holidays

No Other by Gene Clark
No Other by Gene Clark

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