Our favorite sounds of 2012

Well, 2012 is history and there’s nary a Mayan apocalypse to show for it. We here at DECIBELity discovered a variety of great music over the past year—even if we got a little behind on sharing it with you all. (We did, however manage to produce 9 installments of our DecibelCast Mixtape series.)

We’ve all agreed to step up our game as far as producing content for 2013 goes, but felt it necessary to give a proper send off to 2012 before doing so (even if we are a few weeks late). So without further ado here are our favorite sounds.

(List begins after the jump)



Tame Impala – Lonerism

Tame Impala – “Why Won’t They Talk to Me”


The Limiñanas – Crystal Anis

The Limiñanas – “AF3458”


Cate Le Bon – Cyrk

Cate Le Bon – “Fold The Cloth”


Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting On A Sad Song


Mac Demarco – 2

Mac Demarco – “Ode To Viceroy”


King Tuff – King Tuff

King Tuff – “Evergreen”


Damien Jurado – Maraqopa

Damien Jurado – “Working Titles”


Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”


Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Allah-Las – “Catamaran”


Tamaryn – Tender New Signs

Tamaryn – “I’m Gone”


Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy


DIIV – Oshin

DIIV – “How Long Have You Known”


Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II

Thee Oh Sees – “Flood’s New Light”


WHY? – Mumps, etc.

WHY? – “Jonathan’s Hope”


Pure Bathing Culture – Pure Bathing Culture

 Pure Bathing Culture – “Ivory Coast”


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Jay Autom@tticus


Jonti – Sign & Moon

Jonti – “Saturday Night”


Lee Fields – Faithful Man

Lee Fields – “I Still Got It”


LHF – Keepers of the Light


Tame Impala – Lonerism

Tame Impala – “It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”


Frank Ocean – Channel Orange


Jeremih – Late Night With Jeremih

Jeremih – “Fuck U All The Time Ft. Natasha Mosley”


Belbury Poly – The Belbury Tales

The Belbury Poly – “Earth Lights”


Holy Other – Held

Holy Other – “Tense Past”


Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist



El P – Cancer For Cure

El P – “The Full Retard”

Animal Collective – Centipede Hz

Animal Collective – “Mercury Man”


Flying lotus – Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus – “Getting There”


The Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough

The Gaslamp Killer feat. Adrian Younge and MRR – “Dead Vets”


How To Dress Well – Total Loss

How to Dress Well – “Cold Nites”


Hundred Waters – Self Titled


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Evander Hologram


Hot Chip – “In Our Heads”





Hot Chip – “Flutes”


Kendrick Lamar – “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”


Frank Ocean – “Channel Orange”






Purity Ring – “Shrines”





Purity Ring – “Obedear”


Antibalas – “Self Titled”






Chromatics -Kill For Love






Grimes – “Visions”




Grimes – “Oblivion”


Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors





Polica – Give You The Ghost





Poliça – “Amongster”


Funkommunity – Chequered Thoughts



Taken By Trees – Other Worlds






First Aid Kit – Lions Roar






Joey BADA$$ – 1999





Joey BADA$$ – “Waves”


Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams





Lord Huron – “Time To Run”

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave




Alt-J – “Tessellate”

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