15 The Men: New Moon
Second year in a row these well-rounded eclectic rockers have sprung a winner of an LP upon us. Hard to explain what it is about them but they’re bloomin’ solid, they’ve got the tunes, they demand us to rock, and they want us to cry. We said: “An acquired taste and all that. It does come off irrefutably stodgy in parts, but I get the feeling The Men don’t mind. And we certainly don’t.The main thing is it works. And then some.”
14 Death Grips: Government Plates
Another proper in quality, suddenly put up free LP from the group. We said: “Government Plates brings you a near dozen selection of angry drill n bass and dubstep, hip-hop beat goodness, and even some good old bleepcore. It’s restless, inflamed, and there is plenty of wholesome naughty language shouted about the place amid it all.”
13 Boards Of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest
BOC return after years away (but not as many years away as MBV) with another enjoyable LP, still keeping the secret ingredient hidden, though opening up about it a little more than usual in what little in number interviews they gave at time of release. We said: “They love puzzles, tricks, teasing and confusing the listener. And yet despite Tomorrow’s Harvest’s obvious post apocalyptic theme, some of it is quite upbeat, especially best track, Palace Posy.
12 Hookworms: Pearl Mystic
Hookworms join the Velvet Underground-Loop-Spacemen 3-Early Verve dots, and come away with a free-flowing, steady, cool, and pretty much confident heavy sounding indie-psych release. The year’s best, in fact.
11 Thee Oh Sees: Floating Coffin
Until Thee Oh Sees decide to go all middle-of-road electropop on our asses they will always be in the running to appear on our end-of-year list. We said: “Last year’s Putrifiers III made the album ‘best-of’ for us here, and this one is another delight of garage-rockian and riffian. The artwork of teeth and eyes made to appear to be scarily, manically (grinning?) amidst a pile of succulent, sweet juicy strawberries in some ways sums up the sound here.”