I haven't bought many new albums this year, simply because very few have managed to catch and hold my attention. I think the reason that this album has is because it is one of the few I have heard recently which doesn't sound like it could have been made in a previous decade. I'm sure a musical archeologist could point out all the music which has influenced this album but regardless it sounds like something unique and not in any way derivative.
It contains many of the kind of stuttering, offbeat rhythms which have been popular over the last few years but it seamlessly blends this with sweeping strings and playful keyboards, something often tried but rarely achieved. The vocals manage to sound detached and apathetic in keeping with the tone of the album without losing their melodic quality. The lyrical themes in the album are not immediate but slowly they piece together in a coherent and interesting way.
I'm not really going to single out any tracks because there isn't really any filler on this album and I've barely paid any attention to track names as I've been too immersed in the music. Overall it is a mixture of a multitude of styles combined to create something which feels genuinely new, and it's a long time since I've said that. Listen to the single, if you enjoy it buy the album as the quality is constant throughout.
I said album of the year in the title but I'd possibly go as far as to say album of the decade so far.