#30-11 in alphabetical order
Alvvays – alvvays
Fun indie pop 60s throwback album. 'Marry Me Archie' is definitely one of the year's catchiest tunes.
Angel Olsen – burn your fire for no witness
Like 2013's stellar 'Cerulean Salt' by Waxahatchee, Olsen offers laid back folk rock bolstered by a commanding voice and strong songwriting.
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
After two relatively straightforward, accessible releases (by Ariel Pink standards), Pink drops his Haunted Graffiti back up band and goes wild in an uneven album that still produces some off-kilter 70s throwback gems.
Benjamin Booker – benjamin booker
Raw, exciting indie rock.
CARIBOU – OUR LOVE
While I prefer the swirling, sun-tinged kitchen sink psychedelia of Dan Snaith's former outfit Manitoba, Snaith is still one the most consistent sources of catchy and intelligent dance music around.
An album of catchy garage pop gems.
Perhaps a more subdued work but White still delivers his exceptionally well-honed brand of bluesy rock and pop.
It would be easy to write off Lewis' countrified pop as white girl neo-soul lite but as with her work with Rilo Kiley she brings her confident vocals and hooky songwriting to make an effortlessly classy AM pop album.
Beautiful Scandinavian folk pop delights.
You won't find a song much catchier than the Reggie Watts-assisted 'Sunshine', but this Aussie band's long awaited LP debut is full of smooth electro pop that's almost as good.
17 minutes of indie pop heaven. Not as twee as it may seem on first listen.
Our favourite slacker indie rocker is back with his most accessible batch of tunes yet.
A less sprightly, more intense listen than we'd usually expect from the Canadian string savant, but one that puts forward some of his most wrenching songs to date.
While I wish 'Better than it ever could be' was included, the fact that the album remains solid and chock full of groovy pop songs despite it's absence, highlights this Aussie band's knack for hooky songwriting.
An exceptionally fruitful combo, El-P and Killer Mike deliver this years' most assured and dynamic hip-hop album.
Van Etten is nothing if not consistent. Here we get another set of beautifully understated music. Brooding and powerful in equal measure.
Despite constantly putting his foot in his mouth, creatively, this year has been a strong one for Mark Kozelek. Benji is full of world weary, bleary eyed indie rock. Not his most accessible album, but ultimately his most rewarding.
A huge album both in length and ambition. 10 minute post rock freak outs might not seem like a fun way to spend one's time, but the album's variety and excesses keep it engaging and exciting amongst all the chaos.
Taylor swift - 1989 This wasn't originally in my list, despite earning critical plaudits. I really tried to resist it but I can't deny that I've listened to certain songs on this album more than most of the albums of this list. Pure pop at its finest.
Their most fully realised and consistent album yet. Easy going indie pop done right.
While not as consistently strong as 2011's brilliant 'WHO KILL', 'Nikki Nack' sees Garbus producing a more mature album without suppressing the energy and dexterity of her musical talents.
It took until 'Too Bright' for PG's music to kick into the next gear and deliver music that was as passionate and raw musically as his lyrics and vocals have been since his debut.
After the somewhat more sober 'Transference', Spoon go back to what they do best, marrying the straightforward indie rock of classic 'Kill the Moonlight' with the pop sensibilities of 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga', resulting in another strong effort from a band that has never made a bad album.
While it's easy to say this is a more somber effort for Real Estate, the autumn album to 'Days' summer if you will, the general formula doesn't deviate too greatly from the intricate yet relaxing guitar pop that Real Estate excel in. Music that immediately sounds timeless without being derivative.
Seasons (Waiting On You) was my favourite track of the first half of 2014 and while the rest of the album is not as instantly hooky, it is a very consistent set of alternately throbbing and shuffling pop songs delivered in Samuel Herring's unmistakable howl.
Dark, icy, gorgeous pop music. James Blake but with a breathy yearning replacing his croon.
The very definition of a grower album. This isn't workout music, it's a long, slow burn psychedelic shimmer that rewards any listener that gives it the time it needs to wash over them.
TV on the Radio - Seeds This is by no means TVOTR's strongest album, that would be a toss up between 'Return to Cookie Mountain' and 'Dear Science'. Seeds lacks the experimental tendencies and the command of different musical styles that those albums deliver. But 'Seeds' is still a triumph. An uplifting set of poppy indie rock that strive for positivity in the wake of the death of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011.
The New Pornographers have always gotten me. Their pop sensibilities so clearly match what I love about music that it's scary. Even on their poorer, slightly phoned-in last 2 efforts, each song had a golden nugget of hook that would sustain me. Now Brill Bruisers is their best effort since 2005's Twin Cinema, brimming in neon soaked pop and slipping in some electronic elements without compromising their energy.
People say Beyoncé is the queen, but I'll always bow before Annie Clark. I have nothing else to say.