1. Ben Howard … Old Pine … 2012

    Quietly brilliant acoustic music in the vein of Damien Rice or Nick Drake, with a little Jose Gonzalez picking thrown in. He mumbled like Bon Iver but the soaring, brilliant harmonies are all his own. Devour this EP then go find his already re-cased full length!

     
     
  2. Polica … Give You the Ghost … 2012

    All synth, light autotune, and rhythmic confusion - Policia is intense and layered in emotion. Its dance pop meets the Bon Iver brand of sadness. Best of all its from GAYNGS contributors. 

     
     

  3. The Flaming Lips … The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends … 2012

    Awesome album from awesome band, with a plethora of guest appearances. The opener features Ke$ha, and it utilizes pretty much the most abrasive sound possible as its chorus.

    The Flaming Lips have released separate collaborative EPs with the likes of Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, Prefuse 73, and Yoko Ono, and a cover album of Dark Side of the Moon since their last studio album Embryonic in 2009. The culmination of tracks from the EPs and other collaborations is The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. The limited edition, vinyl-only album was put out on Record Store Day and sold out instantly. The Flaming Lips also pressed ”blood vinyls” of the collaborative record. Only ten copies exist and include samples of blood from several of the artists involved. Wayne Coyne announced the limited number of copies will be available for $2,500 each.

    Also featured on the album are Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu and more.

    The Heady Fwends album has received positive reviews from Lips fans as well as critics and magazines. Pitchfork has written a lengthy review of the album, stating that “The Flaming Lips can still win you over the same way they did 20 years ago, with a sweet, sad melody and simple, affecting sentiment.” You can read the Pitchfork review of the album here.

    (Source: Spotify)