The very best albums from the world of rock, pop and Malawian/Swedish indie electronica from the past 12 monthsMore
Panda Bear of Maryland’s Animal Collective released his fifth solo album in January. Less doomy than the title suggests. It’s actually playful, eccentric dance music and Mr Bear clearly had a heap of fun at home in Lisbon doing neato stuff with processed vocals, drum breaks and a wealth of samples.
Portland band The Decemberists are storytellers in the glorious folk-hipster tradition (draw up a stool to the hearth and stick on their 2005 classic 'The Mariner’s Revenge Song'). And after an unofficial four-year hiatus, they returned in January with their seventh album of funny, anxious, sad, lovely, tingly tunes.