#10 Long Distance Calling - The Flood Inside
The 4th full length album from the German post-rock group. Maintains the high standards set by their previous records. Enthralling post-rock delivered with teutonic efficiency.
#9 65daysofstatic - Wild Light
5th album from the Sheffield post-(math-use guitars to produce excited bleepy-dancey)-rock group. Explosive and constantly on the verge of completely falling apart, an exhilarating album.
#8 AdriAnne Lenker - Hours Were The Birds
An album I just discovered a couple of weeks ago on Bandcamp, a great album with absolutely stunning vocals.
#7 Mishkin Fitzgerald - Present Company
First solo album from the lead singer of Birdeatsbaby. Dark, haunting and absolutely beautiful.
#6 And So I Watch You From Afar - All Hail Bright Futures
Bright and brash album from the Belfast boys. Full of energy, hits the ground running from track 1 and doesn't ease up.
#5 Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
Folk chanteuse Laura Marling delivered another stunning album this year, velvet vocals and mesmerising melodies.
#4 Russian Circles - Memorial
Russian Circles usually deliver outstanding albums and somehow this year than managed to raise their game even further. A pulsating album.
#3 Zaz - Recto Verso
2nd album from French singer Zaz, 2nd albums can be difficult sometimes, but the best tracks on this album reach the same high standards as her first album. An arrangement of infectiously happy tunes mixed with songs of deep introspection. Get the extended version with Le retour du soleil which is electricifying.
#2 Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing
Possibly the best songwriter of his generation delivering some of the best songwriting of his career. Deep, complex and consuming.
#1 The Impossible Girl - The Sky Is Calling
Occasionally an album comes along that just resonates with my particular frame of mind at any given time. An electronic dance-fest this album literally starts from the beginning with an aural approximation of what the big bang might sound like before delivering the best summary of stellar nuclear processes ever delivered in a pop-song "And when I go you will get gold" remains one of my favourite lyrics of the year. The album narrows down to moments of deeper introspection all delivered over pulsating dance beats. This album just blew me away this year.