Label: Arbutus
Released: January 31

Grimes never really aimed to be the "next big thing." The fact that she stumbled into this position in indie music makes her presence all the more enjoyable. On Visions, the Canandian producer/singer finds herself striking the perfect balance between the weird, challenging stuff she naturally gravitates toward and the charming, catchy pop that won over so many new fans in 2012. It's an odd niche that finds gothic tendencies meeting dance parties, and it's a beautiful thing that is only a glimpse of what's to come from the less sunny side of pop. -JM