For the amount of Australian music that seems to get attention, to varying degrees, in North American circles each year, it feels like the artists have a disproportionately high batting average for being awesome. Case is point, I had about six Aussie albums (I'm aware of) hit my radar this year, and they were all completely fantastic. Then if I think back, again from a North American perspective, if we were hearing about bands from down under over here, they were always mostly worth hearing about.
These artists all have a superior sense of groove and melody. Some of them borrow well from influences, and others are pushing their luck with math pop and quirkiness. Regardless, every friggin' one of these albums is worth a shot, with a low risk high reward probability for most listeners.
Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then
The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves
Hockey Dad - Boronia
D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
Methyl Ethyl - Oh Inhuman Spectacle
DMA's - Hills End