And now, the 5 best.
5. Kitten – Like A Stranger
This EP is the latest from girl post-punk group Kitten. Their debut EP was titled Cut It Out, which came out in around 2009, and carries the trademark lush, ambient, echoey, delayed wall of sound grunge that was begun in the first. It’s worth checking out if you like slightly angry, very hormonal, very post-punk girl pop. For sound, think The Donnas meet Smashing Pumpkins meet a reverb pedal.
4. Krewella – Alive (Cash Cash & Kalkutta remix)
The original mix of Alive is from Krewella’s album from last year, but the remix by Cash Cash & Kalkutta really hit this year and it’s great. It’s the best EDM pop anthem…ever. You should also look into anything that DJ Kalkutta produces…I like her vibe and her mixtapes are pretty well done.
3. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob
When T&S released their latest album early this year, I bought it and immediately listened to it for perhaps 30 times sequentially. I then hopped into the car and drove to Dallas and saw them live. Despite (or because of) being surrounded by angsty Texan lesbians, it was immensely enjoyable and they’re great live. The downside is that they opened for Fun.
2. Lorde – Pure Heroine
I realize I’m mainstreaming and I realize I’m bandwagoning, but Pure Heroine is amazing. It is flat out ridiculously good. There isn’t a song on it that’s bad. Every song on the album could end up being a single, and probably will end up being so if she keeps on climbing the charts. Royals is the most well-known and yet is the least of them all.
1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
I wasn’t ever a Daft Punk fan until this album, and then I listened to this album and became a fan even of their older stuff. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are musical geniuses, and this is one of the most musically original albums of the past decade. They marry live, organic instrumentation with robotic electronic perfection, and it’s just the best. It was received a little waveringly from diehard Daft Punk fans because it’s so significantly different than their older works, but I’m convinced it will be forever considered one of the greatest albums of all time.