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Darko’s Top 10 albums of 2012

  • You’re not gonna find any sign of Japandroids or Frank Ocean in my Top 10 albums of 2012. I reckon The Cloud Nothings are overrated too. But then again, I’m not 23 so I probably don’t need that much angst in music anymore. Everyone went gaga for Andy Stott’s Luxury Problems but I think it’s just too pleasant – no real teeth, coffee morning electronica – and not a patch on the preceding one-two of We Stay Together and Passed Me By.  The less said about The XX the bet…..Zzzzzz.

    In no particular order:

    1. Django Djano – Django Django (Bright, breezy with a hint of weirdness)

     

    2. Dan Deacon – America (Skittles rainbow symphony)

     

    3. Giant Giant Sand – Tuscon (Bleached sun and desert dust, at times mournful, others beautiful)

     

    4. Swans – The Seer (If you find Scott Walker’s Bish Bosch too much, try this)

     

    5. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant (Fun for horny toads)

     

    6. VCMG – Ssss (Bang ting bang ting + squelch)

     

    7. Monolake – Ghosts (Clank and boom and steam)

     

    8. Future of the Left – The Plot Against Common Sense (A sharp lyrical wit compensates for this album being three songs too long)

     

    9. Orbital – Wonky (Widescreen technicolour comeback)

     

    10. Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know (Another guttural and broody take on Father issues)

    John Darko

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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