11) Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused
10) Tom Davis – Home
9) Murmur – Murmur
8) Caribou – Our Love
7) Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
6) FKA twigs – LP1
5) Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
4) BadBadNotGood – III
3) Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Benji is a heart-wrenching album, through and through. Sun Kil Moon’s Benji shows that an album can be soft and emotional but can still kick a lot of ass. “Dogs,” my favorite track off the album, tells the story of Mark Kozelek’s experiences of a romantic nature when he was younger. It’s a slightly embarrassing tale, but give it up to Sun Kil Moon to tell the whole world about it. That’s why I love this album so much – it’s so open. It invites you to some random guy’s life and says, “Fuck you, you’re going to experience this shit.”
2) IDYLLS – Prayer for Terrene
Prayer For Terrene by IDYLLS completely transformed the way I listened to post-punk. Through visceral songwriting and intense energetic instrumentation, this is by far and a way the best punk album released all year. On the song “PCP Crazy,” you can feel the anger coming from the drums beating right into your heart, especially during the crazy guitar solo at the three minute mark.
1) Swans – To Be Kind
Swans’ masterpiece To Be Kind is not only my top album of the year, but my top album of the decade (so far). To Be Kind focuses on creating a slightly uncomfortable atmosphere that somehow leaves you wanting more. This is most prominent during the first “wall of noise” from the third track on the album, “A Little God In My Hands.” When this hits, you just feel every bone in your body start to shiver. It’s a fantastic feeling. But, it isn’t just this song. “She Loves Us” features complex rhythms and harsh dissonance to get its point across.