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1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
Layered in melody, meaning and feeling, nobody’s made a record quite as suited to the millennial state of mind, well, ever.
2. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
The Fiery Furnaces vocalist continues to thrive in her 70s-style singer/songwriter solo career because, crucially, she never settles for a sound that’s obviously retro.
3. Phosphorescent - Muchachu
Southern-fied folk-rock is spiked with dance beats, hymnal sobriety, and a healthy dose of heartache, making it Matthew Houck’s most stirring material to date.
4. The Men – New Moon
Leaning further away from the white-knuckled punk of The Men’s early work, here we’re reminded of the unrelenting, robust power of an unadorned rock song.
5. Pharmakon – Abandon
Bushwick’s Margaret Chardiet made the rare hard-noise record that crackles with painfully human vulnerability.