- Stratos: No. 20 - Beach House - Teen Dream
And it begins with Beach House, an American duo from Baltimore, with the native Alex Scally (love that name) and the French-born Victoria Legrand (niece of the composer Michel Legrand). Dreamy pop with a proper dosage of dynamism and intensity, it fills your ears with joy and a sense of satisfaction. Victoria's husky vocals are seductive, finding the perfect match to Alex's guitar. Brilliant third album, their best yet, easily surpassing this year's Vampire Weekend's "Contra" - they were the latter's opening act in their tour.
- Giannis: No.20 - Metaform - The Electric Mist