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#21 - Cut/Copy - Zonoscope
Not quite as hit-filled as In Ghost Colours (there’s nothing as strong as “Nobody Lost, Nobody Found” here). Cut/Copy add some psychedelia to their synth-pop for a strong third album.
#20 - James Blake - James Blake
James Blake is a bit of an acquired taste, but I acquired it and found this album to be a perfect soundtrack for the bleakness of late winter.
#19 - Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain, In the Cloud
I didn’t start listening to this until the end of the year, and I am so glad I did. Just a terrific, solid album of folky psychedelic rock. I think this is the kind of album that MGMT were going for with their not-so-great sophomore effort.
#18 - M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
‘Midnight City’ might be my favorite song of the year, and even if the rest of the album was a dud (which it is not), it would deserve a place in my top 20.