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Albums of the Year 2012

After the usual careful deliberation, here are our Albums of the Year.

Album of the Year 2012

Windy & Carl - 'We Will Always Be'

Windy & Carl - 'We Will Always Be'

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Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

The year was 2012 when we first got offered copies of this, the first album from Death and Vanilla. It was a Normans favourite but like all good things disappeared very quickly. Fire Records have since helped take the band to new levels of popularity by unleashing the band's second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' and now that they are playing enormo-dromes have kindly re-issued their earlier hard-to-find work including this album that according to his review seemed to cause Phil immense personal hygiene problems on first listening.  
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Guided By Voices
Class Clown Spots A UFO

Class Clown Spots A UFO is the 2nd album in to be released in 2012 and 18th studio album in all by the prolific indie pop maestros Guided By Voices. The band have also released 17 EPs and 39 singles. Class Clown Spots A UFO has been likened to their '90s classics Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes in terms of quality -- lofty praise indeed! Class Clown Spots A UFO is available on vinyl LP, CD and Cassette.
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Pye Corner Audio
Sleep Games

Here is a much-needed vinyl re-press of Pye Corner Audio's 2012 era opus on Ghost Box. This is a supremely eerie batch of warming nostalgia-synth from the self styled Head Technician. Influenced by John Carpenter and Italo horror films, this is a dreamy odyssey of analogue synths with fragments of underground techno.  
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Tame Impala
Lonerism

Come on now, we know the score with this one! Lonerism, Tame Impala's second LP, has undoubtedly become a modern classic. It catapulted the Aussie group from psych stone-rockers to a global phenomenon who sell out stadiums world-wide. 'Elephant', 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards', 'Apocalypse Dreams' - need we say more? 
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S U R V I V E
Survive

Much needed re-issue of the debut LP from these Austin based electronic wizards, two of whom went on to compose the soundtrack to 'Stranger Things'. Back in 2012 though they were combining vintage and modern synthesisers to concoct their original brand of atmospheric soundtrack influenced compositions. Very influential record this one. 
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Neneh Cherry & The Thing
The Cherry Thing

A collaboration between someone who has actually had a hit and a Scandinavian free jazz trio? Surely not… But then Neneh Cherry has never been a straightforward pop star. And said jazzsters The Thing were inspired to form by Cherry’s father, Don Cherry, so actually there is sense here. Either way, this is an inspired collaboration, and the cover of Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’ is genuinely sublime.
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Goat
World Music

The debut record by insane Swedish rockers Goat, highly recommended for everybody who loves squealing guitars, screaming ladies, and catchy afrobeat grooves. Combining psychedelic rock with lots of ethnic rhythms, World Music scored highly in many of 2012’s end-of-the-year lists. Great volumes of tribal distortion on this one.
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SWANS
The Seer

As the current incarnation of Swans draws to a close, here’s the second studio album by that version of the band, from 2012. Michael Gira assembled a lineup of veterans like Norman Westberg and new blood including Thor Harris, guest spots from the likes of Karen O and Ben Frost, with even Jarboe making an appearance. They managed to combine the monolithic heaviness of the past with a new sensibility that saw the lengthy tracks evolve over the course of touring. Massive epics like The Apostate and the 32-minute title track are balanced by gentle miniatures such as The Daughter Brings the Water and Song for a Warrior. This is a huge, sprawling album, and only the first of three such two-hour, 2CD or 3LP monsters. Some of the most ambitious and visionary rock music of recent years.