The Ocean – Precambrian
Speaking of The Ocean, I've reviewed their album Precambrian at Pitchfork. It came out last November, so it didn't make many year-end lists (if I ran a label, I would finish each year's release schedule by October for such purposes). Precambrian would have - or should have - dominated them. Sadly, there's no critic herd mentality for it like there was for Mastodon's Leviathan, a lesser work. 83 minutes of exploding color, with more literary references than a 200 level class - I could hardly circumscribe it with mere language.
The Ocean are undertaking a massive tour of Europe, UK, US, and Canada. This German collective doesn't cross the pond often, so don't miss out. For tour dates, see here.