I've spent yet another year listening to stuff that came out >12 months ago so I don't have much of a list. I loved Grizzly Bear's Shields. Lightships' Electric Cables got played a lot but it's not very groundbreaking, especially if you're already a Teenage Fanclub fan.

My favourite album of the year, drawn from a tiny selection, is World Music by Goat. Their description of themselves says it all, really: "afro-psych-kraut-voodoo space heads".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3OKLIBnZJY