by / December 18th, 2012 /

Top Story: State’s Albums of 2012: 30 – 21

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.