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Hickensian's Favourite music of 2012

I’ve not kept up this tradition for a couple of years, so this is a post to remedy that. As usual, not all of these were actually released this year, but without further ado and in no particular order, my favourite albums:

Grimes – Visions

A real breath of fresh air, and bursting with creativity.

I Break Horses – Hearts

I’ve discovered more new music through the plugin for Spotify in 2012 than ever before, and this Swedish duo is the one of the highlights.

Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

This Welsh trio make a fantastic noise and a new album is due out in a few weeks! Yay!

Oceanographer – Spilling Blood

Best bandcamp purchase of the year. Atmospheric Brooklyn Rock. Hope they come and play the UK this year!

Baroness – Yellow and Green

Many felt this double album was too much of a leap away from the Metal of ‘Blue’, but I found it to be an epic.

Mastodon – The Hunter

This would’ve been on 2011’s list (if I’d got off my bottom to write it), but I played it so much in 2012 that it deserves to be on this one.

The Abassi Brothers – Something like Nostalgia

Another discovery, and one from 2008 too. Instrumental post-rock.

Phantogram – NIghtlife EP

Eyelid Movies has joined the list of favourite albums of all time, and until a new album ‘proper’ comes along, this 6 track EP more than fills the gap.

Professor Elemental – Father of Invention

Mr B and the Professor may have made up their Chap-Hop differences, but to me, the Good Professor still has the edge musically for me.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen (self titled)

A side project of Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid, and a downright beautiful one too. Sublime ambient soundtrack.

I’ve set up a Playlist on Spotify of my favourite tracks:

A late entry (not available on Spotify) would be one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. None other than Charlotte Church, who has gone all Bat For Lashes:

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