11 Oceans

by Carson Reynolds

The year in which wub-wave became clichéd at half the usual number of beats per minute.

Standard Issue:

(1) Real Estate [Days]
(2) The Weeknd [House of Balloons]
(3) tUnE-yArDs [w h o k i l l]
(5) The Field [Looping State of Mind]
(6) Cults [Go Outside]
(7) Neon Indian [Era Extrana]
(8) Washed Out [Within and Without]
(9) Starfucker [Reptilians]
(10) Royal Headache [Royal Headache]

Honorable Mention:

Star Slinger [Fabric Mix April 2011]
Purity Ring [Ungirthed 7″]
Shabazz Palaces [Black Up]
Tycho [Dive]
Cut Copy [Zonoscope]

Albums that I only really started listening to this year, but came out sometime before then:

Steve Reich [Music for 18 Musicians]
Toro y Moi [Causers Of This]
The Clean [Mixotheque NZ Vol. 1: Tally Ho!]
Richard Wagner [Wilhelm Furtwängler dirige Richard Wagner]
Small Black [New Chain]