Following yesterday’s first instalment, here are our remaining 10 albums of the year. There will be one track from each of the top 20 on the Broad Church radio show from 9pm (GMT) tonight on Strangeways Radio.
BEACHWOOD SPARKS ‘THE TARNISHED GOLD’ (SUB POP)
The Sparks – finally, after 10 years – flew again! Now all we need is for them to play some shows in the UK…
GRAVENHURST ‘THE GHOST IN DAYLIGHT’ (WARP)
Nick Talbot’s finest album to date. Why he isn’t a national treasure and counting his Mercurys we’ll never know.
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER ‘MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER’ (WEIRD WORLD)
The Tame Impala album was B-O-R-I-N-G, but this Kevin Parker-produced beauty was like a Gallic Broadcast.
TY SEGALL ‘TWINS’ (DRAG CITY)
Ty’s third album of the year sounded like The MC5 covered by The Beatles. Every song an instant classic.
DIIV ‘OSHIN’ (CAPTURED TRACKS)
DIIV’s debut did that neat trick of taking totally familiar influences and making them into something new and exciting.
DISAPPEARS ‘PRE LANGUAGE’ (KRANKY)
Brilliant Steve Shelley-featuring album. Like Television on steroids, or The Stooges with Neu! as their rhythm section.
LOTUS PLAZA ‘SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE’ (KRANKY)
Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt made an album as good as anything Bradford Cox has ever done. Praise indeed.
LIARS ‘WIXIW’ (MUTE)
‘Liars’ was throwaway and ‘Sisterworld’ impenetrable. This was their finest record since ‘Drum’s Not Dead’.
FRANKIE ROSE ‘INTERSTELLAR’ (MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES)
The former Vivian Girl/Dum Dum Girl/Crystal Stilt went M83-style widescreen. The results were wonderful.
LOWER DENS ‘NOOTROPICS’ (RIBBON MUSIC)
While Beach House just repeated themselves, their fellow Baltimoreans showed them how it should be done.
So, there you have it. Don’t let anyone tell you that 2012 has been a bad year for music. It hasn’t. It’s been great – and this isn’t even counting the FOUR albums that came out on Sonic Cathedral over the last 12 months. But have we missed anything? (Probably!) Don’t agree with our choices? (Almost undoubtedly!) Let us know…