Deerhunter (Cryptograms / Flurescent Grey EP- both on Kranky) rolls in at number 10.
Part of this is pure accident. I worked for a music distributor that sold Kranky records and the label forgot to pull me off their mailing list for several months after me leaving that job. A Deerhunter promo appeared in my mailbox and it was love at first listen. I liked how comfortable I felt upon hearing each new song. They weren’t shockingly something new but rather a familiar and cozy cross between some of my favorite New Zealand guitar groups of the late 80’s / early 90’s and The Liars. (The less experimental material.)
The band has been blessed with an obscene amount of press from many of the top music sites this year but behind all the static publicity is genuinely some music worth the attention.
I don’t know how Deerhunter gets the darkness to shimmer like they do but if a floodlight in a diamond mine had a soundtrack, this band might be it.