1. Atlas Sound … Parallax … 2011

    Dense but accessible; more mod rock and Bowie-esque than I thought even Brad Cox was capable of. A varied, hard to pin down weirdo pop album that just needs to be listened to.

    RIYL David Bowie

     
     
  2. Sigur Rós … Inni … 2011

    Sigur Rós’ peculiar orchestral rock translates super well to a live setting, with only a minimal Coldplay-esque arena rock impression. The songs all feel a little stretched out and slowed down, they’re even more haunting than on the studio albums.

     
     
  3. Thee Oh Sees … Carrion Crawler/The Dream EP … 2011

    Thee Oh Sees is sorta primo in the lo-fi indie seen right now… no big deal. This EP, I think, is more accessible than their jangly, rushed debut album. Heavy riffs and grooving bass lines drive this EP forward into the realm of decent music. 

    RIYL No Age, Cloud Nothings

     
     
  4. Dirty Projectors + Bjork … Mount Wittenberg Orca … 2011

    With a collaboration like this you’d know it would have to be off the deep end of sonic bizarreness. And they don’t disappoint there. Mostly acoustic and vocally experimental in that Dirty Projectors sort of way, the album can sound some what formulaic and one sided. But if you like either of these artists and don’t mind a little restraint, you’ll be pleased.

     
     
  5. Bombay Bicycle Club … A Different Kind of Fix … 2011

    Somewhere between rock and electonica, BBC’s rhythms are freaking catchy! I’ve been listening to the first track on repeat for a couple weeks straight. Definitely recommended.