Quite the productive year for The xx with the release of their second studio album Coexist. "Angels" was by far the standout track for me and sits comfortably at #10. Didn't think it was possible to pack so much raw emotion into one song. The haunting atmospherics, the ghostly guitar lines and Romy's heartfelt vocals result in the making of absolute masterpiece. Their live studio performance in Tokyo is something to be seen to be believed.
Well it wouldn't be a Top 20 without San Cisco and with the release of their self titled debut album this year. Coming in at #9 "Fred Astaire" was one of my favourites off the album and trust me when I say that choosing just one San Cisco song to feature in this list was terribly difficult. Perth based (just like myself) the indie pop quartet finally had they're breakthrough year with Jordi and Scarlett leading the lines with their amazing vocals and general talent.
Maybe not a well known group to you all, but this was certainly one of my favorite releases of the year by Tanlines. Mixed Emotions was their debut full length album released earlier this year and "All of Me" was just this funky catchy song that I fell in love with. The Brooklyn duo are the ultimate craftsmen when it comes to producing
electro-pop goodness and in my eyes this song deservedly gets placed as #8 of 2012.
It wouldn't be a top 20 without featuring Passion Pit's latest work. Gossamer being the second studio album and a highly anticipated one I might add, delivered the goods yet again. Again, lot's of great things came from this album and I did enjoy the band's more somber moments, but it was "Carried Away"at #7 that was most reminiscent of the good ol' fun electro - pop for which I had fallen in love with in the first place.
More Aussie talent to talk about! The Jungle Giants released their second EP earlier this year and not only has it taken Australia by storm but I can clearly tell they're making an impression all around the globe. "She's A Riot" the lead single from the She's A Riot EP is a shoe in to make the Triple J top 10 this year and with the band's perfect pop sensibility there's no reason that these guys can't be as successful as some of the big game players of today.