From local bands and beyond, here are Submerge’s favorite albums of 2012, in tweet-friendly format. These albums are certified #awesome!
20) Jessica Pratt
Pratt’s debut of home-recorded, time-capsule folk stood as a brilliant reminder of the beauty in lo-fi love letters.
19) Wife & Son
This That and the Other
A brilliant indie-pop record from one of our favorite new local bands. The suburbs of Sacramento have never sounded so good!
18) Marina and the Diamonds
Pop anthems with heart and humor for disenfranchised prom queens and introspective home-wreckers.
17) The Ross Hammond Quartet
(Big Weezus Music)
Jazz requires inspiration. The Ross Hammond Quartet’s Adored comes from a budding father’s lullabies fed through free jazz spontaneity.
16) Beach House
Called a “dream pop duo,” Beach House records a calming and eerie sound unique to much of the music today.
Sporadic screaming bursts, fuzzy bass and plenty guitar chaos, this album has ears both assaulted and surrendering over and over.
14) Thee Oh Sees
(In the Red)
Veteran psych-punk loonies leapt out of the garage and into national consciousness with their liveliest cuts of fuzzy fun.
13) Action Bronson and Party Supplies
Skillful rapping mixed with humor and bravado over a range of stellar production, and it’s a wrap. It’s a fun album with rewards for mindful ears.
12) Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
The perfect band of misfits surpasses all expectations with their second studio album full of charismatic, folk-y love songs and smiles.
11) Fine Steps
Fine Step’s Boy’s Co. should be on Slumberland. On Captured Tracks. Hell, even Burger. Two self-presses later, Fine Steps gets the glory.
Pure, heavy riff alchemy. Progressive, yet retro. Metal shouldn’t sound this groovy, but we’re glad it does.
(Polyvinyl Record Co.)
A fitting album title, indeed. Anthemic as all hell, this is a singalong, raise your glass type punk rock record.
8 ) St. Lucia
Catchy, dreamy electro-pop fit for a night club or sweaty hipster venue. Leader Jean-Philip Grobler is a pop-music force to be reckoned with.
7) The Sword
(Razor & Tie)
The lords of stoner rock reach new heights on a space-y trip down the heavy metal rabbit hole.
6) The Mars Volta
Nearly three years in the making, Noctourniquet was worth the wait. Sounds exactly like a Volta record should, and that’s why we love it.
5) C-Plus & Lee Bannon
Two of Sacramento’s finest team up for an epic release. No features, just Plus’ smooth flows over Bannon’s undeniably sick beats. Go cop it!
4) Kendrick Lamar
Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
Believe the hype. A brave debut, from a bright mind who showed that you can create outside the box and succeed. Truly masterful in every respect.
3) Tame Impala
Lonerism is damn near perfect. It’s a psych album with pop melodies; heavy guitars, intricate drumming, humming keys and an irresistible sonic sheen.
2) Death Grips
The Money Store
Weird, angry, non-imitable experimental hip-hop from Sacramento. Is it rap? Is it punk? What the fuck is it? Don’t ask, turn it up!
Beast of Both Worlds
The sonic symbiosis of this Aaron Ross/Spencer Seim collaboration explored bold and bizarre realms. Sleeper LP of the year.