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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: 9. Balmorhea – Stranger

9. Balmorhea – Stranger

Balmorhea - StrangerNo album this year even came close to the beauty of Balmorhea‘s Stranger. The Texas band grew out of a duo playing songs about American Southwest folklore. As the band expanded, from two to six – including a string section and full percussion — the music did as well. Balmorhea started looking beyond West Texas, creating rich, layered studies of solitude, nature and night.

Their fifth LP, Stranger, goes from quiet, looped echoes to electrified bursts with jaw-dropping precision and restraint. It’s simultaneously concise and complex, uniting a collection of ideas, textures, and sounds into one genre-defying landscape.

Balmorhea – “Pyrakantha”

Balmorhea - StrangerBalmorhea has been quietly blowing minds since its 2006 beginning. The instrumental sextet just released a new single, “Pyrakantha,” from their upcoming fifth album, Stranger.

“Pyrakantha” opens with a quiet, expansive landscape of plucked guitars. The starry night of distant notes is washed over by the shooting stars of soft synths as the song begins to shift. The perfectly controlled drums kick in and the clean electric guitars switch to light funk riffs, dancing over subtle melodies.

Before you know it, six minutes have passed, and the song is over. But for those six minutes, everything stops but Balmorhea.

Stranger is out October 2 via Western Vinyl.