When I read end of the year album reviews and best of the year posts, I am not looking to make sure my favorite albums made the list. Well there is a bit of curiosity about that, but what I really look for are albums I may have missed, second looks at albums I did not spend enough time with, and simply, more new music to listen to.
The double edged sword of music today is that there is so much out there and not always enough time to listen and enjoy. I could not possibly discover everything new that I would like to. I am thankful that my musical taste spans many genres. The end of the year is a wonderful time to cherry pick new music.
With my picks for best music of 2012, I selected the albums that I connected with most and played the most.
Polica - Give you the Ghost
This album hit my ears toward the end of Winter which is a time where a handful of albums will really stick due to the changing of my least favorite season (Winter) into one that I like (Spring). The song "Lay Your Cards Out" really drew me in to Polica's style. This album is just one rare example where I do not mind autotune at all. Every song is thoroughly emotional mixed with fresh beats and instrumentation. Others have compared Polica to certain bands, but for my money, there is no substitution or close enough relation to this collection of songs. I had this album on full repeat heavily this Spring. When I hear any song off of it now, it instantly transports me to Spring of 2012. This is powerful music that reminds of days, smells, and certain outside air.