10. Sun Kil Moon- Among the Leaves:
Lush guitars and lovely drawn out stories.
9. Bhi Bhiman- Bhiman:
Gorgeous folk music with a sense of humor.
8. Patrick Watson- Adventures In Your Own Backyard:
Dreamy pop under the direction of a supremely talented dude.
7. The Dirty Projectors- Swing Lo Megellan:
Interestingly danceable album from one of the more interestingly danceable bands.
6. Dark Dark Dark- Who Needs Who:
Piano-driven chamber pop with substance.
5. Trampled by Turtles- Stars and Satellites:
Country music done properly.
4. The XX- Coexist:
They keep stripping down, and keep getting better.
3.Father John Misty- Fear Fun:
Cheeky lyrics and classic rock make this more fun than fear.
2. Alabama Shakes- Boys & Girls:
The best thing to come out of Alabama since, umm, Sun Ra?
1.How to Dress Well- Total Loss:
This album was a complete surprise to me. It's atmospheric indie soul, not usually my bag. If you let is soak in, it will be rewarding. A bit dark, a bit 90s R&B, the contrast is beautiful.