Doomy synth pop which reminds me of The Knife, a favourite from yesteryear. I'll never stop being eighties. Shannon Funchess is amazing, and it makes sense that she'll be guesting with those Swedes on their new album.
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
A bit smoother and slicker than their debut, but just as good in most respects.
Patrick Wolf - Sundark and Riverlight
Re-recorded greatest hits, now with added harp and hammered dulcimer. Sublime, but I look forward to a fully electronic noise backlash a la Accident and Emergency.
John Talabot - fin
It feels like it's from the experimental side of things, but it's still super catchy electronic dance pop. Great music to beat Gui Boratto withdrawal symptoms.
DIIV - Oshin
Shoe gazey, melodic, great guitar production and vocals in an ocean of reverb. It's like Phil Spector's musical great-grandchildren, and the tunes are joyous.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
As good as their epic best. So-called post rock never wore out its welcome for me.
Toy - Toy
There are some dreary tunes on it, but Kopter and Dead and Gone are such fantastically dynamic rock songs they make up for it
Dan Deacon - America
The video for True Thrush won me over, and the album takes left turns from there but keeps up the energy.
Holy Other - Held
I liked his debut last year and this is more of the same slow, sample-heavy electronic music, that reminds you of those dreams where you try to run but it feels like you are being slowed down by thigh-deep molasses. In this vein I also like Andy Stott but I'm a late arrival to him and I have a policy of not including albums I've only just discovered by reading other people's year-end lists.
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Just to fill out the top 10, not that they need any help from me. Psychedelic revivalism done well, with nice modern embellishments to the sound.