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Following the wrap up of shoegaze and dream pop releases this year, there’s still a whole heap of stand out records to blab about. Here’s a short list of assorted gems from post punk, fuzzy rock to downbeat electronica…

 

…more Stand Out Records Of 2012

 

Erik Blood – ‘Touch Screens’ (Independent)

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Seattle based solo artist that bends genre boundaries to craft a dynamic record that is just so, so good.

Lotus Plaza – ‘Spooky Action At A Distance’ (Kranky)

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Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt is Lotus Plaza. You will probably fall in love with this record after one first listen.

TOY – ‘Toy’ (Rough Trade)

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Brit guitar rock with buckets of fuzz, vintage synths and loads of hooks!

Tame Impala – ‘Lonerism’ (Modular)

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NME get some things right. Their number one album is ‘Lonerism’, psych rock album of the year and instant classic.

Broken Water – ‘Tempest’ (Hardly Art)

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Olympia trio Broken Water are a must for garage rock and punk fans. Aggressive, fun and memorable.

Bear In Heaven – ‘I Love You, It’s Cool’ (Hometapes/Dead Oceans)

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Huge sounding record from the Brooklyn trio, expect epic arrangements and gigantic synthesizers! A creative highlight.

Holograms – ‘Holograms’ (Captured Tracks)

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Contender for post punk album of the year. The pulsating tension these Swedes create still excites after repeated listens.

The Raveonettes – ‘Observator’ (Vice)

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Producer Richard Gottehrer rejoins the Danish duo for an incredible record, their strongest release since ‘Lust Lust Lust’.

Stumbleine – ‘Spiderwebbed’ (Monotreme)

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Bristol solo producer Stumbleine teams up with vocalists Steffaloo and Coma for an ambient, electronic stunner.

Teen Daze – ‘The Inner Mansions’ (Lefse Records)

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Teen Daze expands on his glo-fi/chillwave roots, collaborating with Frankie Rose and writing some great tunes.

Sleep Party People – ‘We Were Drifting On A Sad Song’ (Blood And Biscuits)

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Danish electronic artist Brian Batz who melds post rock, dream pop and shoegaze into top shelf ear candy.

Disappears – ‘Pre-Language’ (Kranky)

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Chicago rockers Disappears recruit drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) for album number three. Ripping psych and noise!

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