Best Albums of 2012 Individual Writer List: Austin Trunick

Dec 20, 2012
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Each of our writers submitted their personal best albums of 2012 list for when we calculated Under the Radar’s master Top 100 Albums of 2012 list. Here are Austin Trunick’s Top 15 albums of 2012. 

Instead of focusing on the releases on my list that earned (well-deserved) near-universal acclaim, I’ll write about the few that landed near the top of my ballot but didn’t seem to catch on so widely.

- Sophia Knapp’s breezy debut album easily spent the most time on my turntable out of any record this year, and I still keep coming back for its smooth, disco-era Stevie Nicks feel.

- I probably would have gone much higher with Chad Valley’s LP if I hadn’t already been so enamored with his vocal work on Jonquil’s early-2012 album, Point of Go; it’s probably my most feel-good album of the year.

- I don’t know how they could live up to the intensity of their live shows on record, but Light Asylum’s first full-length is a great collection of aggressive, industrial-influenced dance music.

- Foxygen’s EP was all over the place and fun; they have an album coming out soon that improves on their brand of bonkers.

- Junk Culture’s debut went too under-heard; his punch-drunk rhythms and woozy synth work made for another great debut record in 2012.

- The Darcys had me at “full Steely Dan cover album.” 

There are several great albums that, for some reason or another, I just couldn’t get into on early listens—Grimes comes to mind, in particular—but have really grown on me. There always seems to be a record or two that I don’t start obsessing over until I’m already a year late. By Austin Trunick



Kill For Love

Italians Do It Better


Bat For Lashes

The Haunted Man



Sophia Knapp

Into the Waves

Drag City


Light Asylum

Light Asylum

Mexican Summer



Point of Go



Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny

Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose



Wild Nothing


Captured Tracks


Chrome Canyon

Elemental Themes

Stones Throw


Junk Culture

Wild Quiet

Illegal Art



Yellow & Green



Black Moth Super Rainbow

Cobra Juicy

Rad Cult/Frenchkiss


Ty Segall & White Fence


Drag City



Take the Kids Off Broadway EP



Fiona Apple

The Idler Wheel...



The Darcys


Arts & Crafts


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December 21st 2012

Not really important, but that’s the cover to Slaughterhouse by Ty Segall Band and not the cover to Hair by Ty Segall and White Fence.
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