12 Days of AOTY: #3

To go alongside our 12 Days of Giveaways, we’ll be posting our personal album of the year lists one by one, from 12 to 1. Each member of our staff (we’re recruiting, by the way) wrote a bit about why x album made y place on their list.

heck no nancyThe Obsessives – Heck No, NancyHeck No, Nancy. The Obsessives manage to write hyper-relatable songs with an impressive sense of maturity and self-awareness that makes me want to listen again and again. (Tim Mulhern)

ego deathThe Internet – Ego Death
Comprised of Odd Future members Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, The Internet reinvents the genre of soul in a thoughtful fusion of jazz and R&B. This record features a lot of sweet collabs (especially the track with Janelle Monáe) and the songwriting couldn’t be stronger. (Zackary Kiebach)

EMOCarly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
A critical hit and commercial flop, Carly Rae Jepsen channels her favorite 80s pop songs on the ever-fun Emotion. A mix of classic pop, modern EDM, and a dash of funk; it’s the soundtrack to falling in young, stupid, love. (Nick Benevenia)

garden of deleteOneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) is a creative force through and through, and Garden of Delete is the best record he’s ever made. It’s as terrifying as it is gorgeous, human as it is otherworldly. Simply put, the perfect blend of order and chaos. (Eli Shively)

i no longerPentimento – I, No Longer
Pentimento has never had things easy, but with a fresh take on early 2000s emo, they have been able to make waves in the scene. The band puts their supporters first and will no doubt inspire new musicians for years to come. I, No Longer has allowed Pentimento to further develop their sound and continue to make meaningful music while reaching new peaks. (Scott Fugger)

Desaparecidos-PayolaDesaparecidos – Payola
Their first album in more than a decade, Desaparecidos are stronger than ever with these hard-hitting sociopolitical protest anthems. The production is miles ahead of their 2002 debut and the standout lyricism makes this Conor Oberst’s best material in years. (James Jaskolka)

Layout_11_A_FINAL_CorrPanda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
Panda Bear walks a tightrope between the worlds of indie rock and EDM on this album, and the results are sonic deliciousness for listeners of both musical worlds. (Jack Potz)

harmlessness artThe World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness
There are two types of people: the ones who have listened to this album and those who refuse to. If you are the second group you are messing up. I will say no more. (Madi Guzman)

beach musicAlex G – Beach Music
There was at least a month or so where it felt like you couldn’t go a day without someone asking if you’d heard the new Alex G. It was that hyped. The thing about Beach Music though, is that it stands up to all of the talk. There’s something about this particular blend of experimental pop that I couldn’t stop listening to. Literally couldn’t stop. (Hayley Ionia)

we coolJeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Jeff Rosenstock puts his absolute best effort into any project he does, whether it was in Bomb The Music Industry, or his current solo project. We Cool? sees Rosenstock playing around with fun and energetic sounds, while digging deeper to create more serious, self-reflective music. We Cool? could not be any more raw, vulnerable, or genuine. (Angela Flores)

if you're reading this it's too lateDrake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
I started this year never listening to Drake, but I ended this year praying every night at the foot of my bed to the 6 God. Drake didn’t HAVE to prove himself to everyone that he’s a serious rapper, but with IYRTITL he told everyone he has rapper’s heads displayed above his fireplace and we all bought in. My obsession with Drake started with this record. I think it’s perfect and I think Drake is talented at putting a wealth of meaning into his lines by looking within. Yeah, Drake is life. (Kyle Kohl)

10 thermidorShinobu – 10 Thermidor
Shinobu, the preeminent existentialist punks, released their first full length in six years, and it was worth the wait. Angular guitars, catchy melodies, and lyrics which always manage to strike the perfect balance between earnest and tongue-in-cheek; this album has something for everybody. (Corey Purcell)

beach musicAlex G – Beach Music
Beach Music is a sprawling, gorgeous work of art. Alex G says so much with such simplicity and ease, any release of his is nothing short of remarkable, Beach Music being the most immersive to date. (Mark Garza)

Mark Garza

About Mark Garza

Mark Garza is the co-founder and owner of Funeral Sounds. They also work as a freelance publicist for Dragonfoot PR, and is listed at the "Lazy Web Guy" at Texas Is Funny Records. They need money. Hire them to make your website or something.

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