1: alt-J: An Awesome Wave
These young Brits bring art school cleverness to their debut, with jagged guitar parts, a-capella vocal breakouts, and unpredictable turns. Available as an HDTracks download.
2: Everything Everything: Arc
The band’s second album Intelligently draws on classic Talking Heads, Radiohead, and just about anything else, but with a distinctly original focus. A breath of fresh air. If your toe ain’t tappin’ check your pulse.
3: Polica: Shulamith
Simply hypnotic, dark, avant grade dance tunes that remind one of a Blondie and Pink Floyd mash up. Their debut, Give Up The Ghost, is equally as stunning. A superb live act as well.
4: Cage The Elephant: Monophobia
Cage The Elephant are a distinctly, modern, pissed off version of the classic garage band. Their third album streamlines things a bit but the melodies and singleness of vision are impeccable. There is just enough weirdness and left turns to charm.
5: Paper Kites: States
These Australians paint mellow, sunset pictures within a hazy, folk framework. This is music to end the day with. Simply beautiful.