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Top 20 of 2012

Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?

1. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?
2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock 
3. Tropical Punk – Ends of the World 
4. John K. Samson – Provincial 
5. Flume – Flume
6. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE 
7. Tame Impala – Lonerism 
8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
9. Balmorhea – Stranger
10. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
11. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
12. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
13. The Men – Open Your Heart
14. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
15. Bob Dylan – Tempest
16. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
17. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
18. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
19. St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP
20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Honorable Mentions: People Get Ready, Grizzly Bear, Lucero, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Tallest Man on Earth

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Top 20 of 2012: 19. St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP

19. St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP

St. Lucia - St. Lucia EPDespite taking his name from the small Caribbean island, Jean-Philip Grobler isn’t from St. Lucia. But he’s not just a guy trying to sound more exotic, he’s actually from South Africa — and his music has a lot more in common with his home than his name.

Grobler’s debut EP could almost stand on the merit of its closing track “Closer Than This” — absolutely brimming with beautiful synths and euphoric harmonies. But luckily, it doesn’t have to.

The EP is stacked with five other fantastic tracks, all layered with infectious rhythms, intriguing sounds and triumphant vocals. Even at only six tracks, St. Lucia is without a doubt one of the year’s best.

St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP

St. Lucia - St. Lucia EPProducer Jean-Philip Grobler just unleashed St. Lucia on the world. The Johannesburg, South Africa, native recently relocated to Brooklyn and began recording as St. Lucia, but Grobler’s home country never sounds far from his mind with his huge soundscapes. The African influence is especially prevalent on the driving rhythm of “The Old House Is Gone.”

Cut Copy and M83 first come to mind when listening to St. Lucia, but the big synths and hooks sound like the ’80s art rock of XTC or even Peter Gabriel, especially on “Before the Dive.” The sax solo on “All Eyes on You” also adds to the retro sound.

The lead track, “We Got It Wrong,” is the first single, but Grobler saves the best for last. The sixth and final track, “Closer Than This,” is the EP’s best. Layered with pulsing synths almost like Steve Winwood’s “Valerie,” “Closer” is undoubtedly St. Lucia‘s catchiest and could stand as one of the year’s best songs.

St. Lucia’s self-titled debut EP just came out digitally and is set to be released on 10″ vinyl later this month on Neon Gold Records. Stream the EP below.

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