#2 Kingswood — After Hours, Close to Dawn
Perhaps a surprising choice, this one didn't get near the love of their first record, possibly for the same reason that I like it so much - they took some chances, experimented with styles. Great front to back listen!
#3 Gang of Youths — Go Farther In Lightness
What a band. What a record. Australian rock is in good shape at the moment. I even bought this on CD!
#4 Dan Sultan — Killer
Blackbird was a favourite of mine when it came out, but this might be better? Big call? All I know is it's a great record.
#5 The Smith Street Band — More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me
I love the lyrics here, but the music is great too... energy, cynicism, honesty... I see many more spins in the future!
#6 Soen — Lykaia
I think this turned up one day I was searching Spotify in vain to see if Tool were available yet. I've since listened to far more of these guys.
#7 Caligula's Horse — In Contact
From the time I knew there was an album due this year I was counting days and this does not disappoint (except for the spoken word track, skip that one). Ambitious and awesome!
#8 Fractures — Still Here
I heard the first single on the radio (yeah, I'm surprised that's still a thing too) - perfect chill out record.
#9 Damien Dempsey — Soulsun
Listen to the title track. Enough said.
#10 Cold War Kids — La Divine
I've been a casual fan for a while, IMO they've had the occasional standout track... but this record is solid!
#11 At the Drive-In — in•ter a•li•a
A nice return from these guys, I took a while to warm to it but in the right mood this one fits in very nicely!