Starting today I’ll be counting down my 40 favorite albums of 2012. The usual caveat applies: I truly love all this music, but take the rankings with a grain of salt—and please bear in mind that I’m not trying to be definitive.

40. Mike Wexler, Dispossession (Mexican Summer) Another strong effort from this overlooked Brooklyn psych-rocker, who keeps his music modest and restrained. There’s more than a touch of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd embedded in these delicate, slow-moving, slightly queasy grooves and subtly expansive arrangements, but their intimacy and beauty belongs solely to Wexler.