It's December-time, which means it's list-time - huzzah! Over the next three weeks, leading up to Christmas, each of us Crunchy staffers will give a rundown of our our favorite records from the year that has passed. Some ranked in order of preference, some in alphabetic order and some split into Danish vs International releases, because... well, consensus is hard. In the end, we're all music obsessives here at Crunchy HQ, with an office stereo that is always playing and a lot of strong opinions on whatever is played. Hopefully these lists will give you, the reader, a fun little insight into our musical tastes and, who knows, you might just find your next favorite band.
The rules: In order to qualify an album has to have been released in the current calendar year (2012, duh), it cannot be a re- release, it has to be a full- length (no EPs) and it cannot be a Crunchy release (for the obvious reasons), a Stucco Records release (the fine label run by our intern Jakob) or a Big Oil release (another fine label run by Crunchy Tunes' own Andreas).
Next up is our other lovely intern Mie. Yeah, that's me. I'm a scandinavian music loving radio freak. I've made a Top 10 but it was quite hard. Not to pick ten releases but to just keep it at ten. So here you go. The ten best releases of 2012 if you ask me (it's in alphabetic order because it's to difficult to rank them - they are all such good releases).
Mie's Top 10 for 2012 [ranked alphabetic]
1. alt-J - An Awesome Wave
2. Catpower - Sun
3. DIIV - Oshine
4. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
5. Grimes - Visions
6. Howler - America Give Up
7. Lower Dens - Nootropics
8. Tame Impala - Lonerism
9. The Soft Moon - Zero
10. Trust - TRST