This album, by Wouter "Wally" De Backer, the Belgian-Australian artist better known as Gotye, does not only contain one of the best songs of the year (Somebody That I Used To Know). It is also addictive, catchy, quirky (in that great Australian way only Antipodeans know how), rich, with lots of musical influences, intelligent, pop, intriguing. He knows his craft well and avoids the traps of over-producing while still offering a rich sonic landscape to pick from. If Peter Gabriel was emerging now on the music scene, he would sound a lot like this.
17. Austra - Feel It Break
18. Soley - We Sink
19. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
20. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy