10. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Drawing from her work with David Byrne, Annie Clark combines social analysis with complex and almost alien sounding music.
9. The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
While the band has kept the model of classic rock injected with contemporary sounds, they have matured lyrically.
8. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
The warped singer-songwriter offers up what has become his signature easygoing guitar lines and adds in hazy synths for good measure.
7. Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
The chemistry between the duo of El-P and Killer Mike strengthens as they deliver this grimmer and more striking sequel.
6. Ben Frost – A U R O R A
A product of globalization, this well-connected artist creates a bleak minimalist album.
5. tUnE-yArDS – Nikki Nack
Tribal rhythms, intricate vocal melodies and composed bass lines combine in a stirring way.
4. Theo Croker – AfroPhysicist
The album is an energetic painting depicted using a palette that draws from a wide variety of different jazz approaches.
3. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Flying Lotus offers an album that contemplates mortality and advances electronica, jazz and hip-hop with the help of an outstanding guest roster.
2. Fucked Up – Glass Boys
This record propels hardcore punk to an uncharted arena rock level as well as has a postmodern and introspective lyrical theme.
1. Thee Silver Mt. Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
The band’s mix of classical and rock arrives at its finest hour all while dwelling on family and parenthood.