If you wanted an indication of just how broad the State church has become, this next selection of our writers’ favourite albums of 2012 hammers it home. From electro to alternative, indie pop, stark acoustic songwriting and acapella pop covers, all of life is here.
30. Actress – R.I.P.
Football / electro crossover gets its first star.
29. The Futureheads – Rant
One time Brit Poppers swap electric guitars for acapella harmonies.
28. Hundred Waters (pictured) – Hundred Waters
Folk meets electronica meets label boss Skrillex.
27. Four Tet – Pink
Kieran Hebden rounds up his recent work.
26. Fionn Regan – Bunkhouse Vol 1: Anchor Black Tattoo
Irish singer songwriter gets intimate.
25. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
More of the same admittedly, but the Bangor trio’s star continues to rise.
24. Breton – Other People’s Problems
Filmmakers prove a dab hand at music too.
23. Mumblin’ Deaf Ro – Dictionary Crimes
The story of a life.
22. Grizzly Bear – Shields
The sound of a band revived.
21. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes
Underground songwriter continues to baffle and engage in equal measure.