It’s December, which means the music industry’s listomania is now in full swing. But wait, if on the off chance you haven’t written your own personal end-of-year list, then have a quick look at this one before you start anointing one of the usual suspects — Grimes, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, Fiona Apple, etc. — as the best of 2012. We love all those records, but there are a heap of great albums released in 2012 that we think haven’t gotten anywhere near the amount of end-of-year love they deserve. We profiled some of them in June — read on to find out our selections from the second half of the year, and let us know if you reckon we’ve missed any.
Lower Dens — Nootropics
This got plenty of love when the album dropped in May, but it seems to have been largely forgotten since then — we haven’t seen it on anyone’s end-of-year list at all, although we suspect that Pitchfork might have some love left in store. Anyway, Nootropics‘ Beach-House-meets-Neu! sounds are most excellent, and well worthy of investigation if you missed this record the first time around.