1 BAND OF HORSES Cease To Begin (Sub Pop/Outside)
What Built to Spill used to be. Beautifully crafted melodic pop music that’s insatiably infectious.
2 LONEY DEAR Loney, Noir (Sub Pop/Outside)
Low-key acoustic pop that’s rich in harmonies and loaded with hooky choruses. This might be from Sweden, but it’s music everyone can understand.
3 FEIST The Reminder (Arts & Crafts/EMI)
Everyone knew Feist’s third disc would be good, but not this good. Airy melodies, minimalist acoustics and a newfound confidence prove she’s just getting started.
4 CARIBOU Andorra (Merge)
Electro-indie wizard packs in licks, riffs and hooks like he’s never done before. And there are still enough loops to keep older fans happy.
5 BOATS! (independent)
Anything sounding like Transistor Sound & Lighting Co.’s got to be awesome, and this debut is. Fun, bouncy and contagious – what could be better?