The Kindred EP by Burial is the standout album of the year. I bought the Japanese printing which also includes the Street Halo EP.

Burial: Kindred (EP)
John Talabot: Fin
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
Tame Impala: Lonerism
Hèctor Parra: Caressant l'horizon
Chromatics: Kill for Love
Swans: The Seer
Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory

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