Thursday, May 09, 2013

Best Music 2013 (Midterm)

I don't rank at this point, and I couldn't if I wanted to. Come November, I don't know how I'll decide a "number one". But for now, a little mid-year listicle. 2013 has been incredible for new music. Maybe my favorite year since... um... ever? Ok I don't know about that, but I am obsessed with all 15 of these albums. One line for each:


Phoenix - Bankrupt!

The glorious and turbulent emotions of the changing seasons, grow younger towards death.
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Toro y Moi - Anything in Return

All the swag and insecurities of Jaleel White, set to music.
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Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

The biggest indie band in the world lives up to their hype without abandoning any weirdness.
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Charli XCX - True Romance

Impenetrable art and dumb accessibility, the former co-opting the latter.
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Classixx - Hanging Gardens

Nu-disco summer jams for the morning, afternoon, and evening, with guest vocals from Active Child and Kisses.
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Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety

The most challenging permutation of the indie-R&B fad yet is also the most thrilling.
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Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Every sub-genre and generation of rock and roll manifest in one band, on all the drugs.
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A$AP Rocky - Live. Love. ASAP.

This is the rapper who gave Skrillex a chance, and got the best out of Drake and 2 Chainz.
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Bibio - Silver Wilkinson

A quiet Bibio album with few vocals, but when his voice does surface over the hum and buzz the lyrics are achingly melancholy.
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Ducktails - The Flower Lane

Real Estate's Matthew Mondanile takes cues from his full-time band as well as Destroyer's Kaputt, resulting in spacey soft rock.
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Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Extended tracks of pure pop and R&B with production that plunges the jaw to the floor.
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Kisses - Kids in LA

Lovey-dovey 80s synth-pop with bigger hooks and warmer vocals.
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Kurt Vile - Wakin' On A Pretty Daze

"Wakin' On A Pretty Daze," aka: phenomimes and psychomimes.
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Shout Out Louds - Optica

Somber Swedish pop-songs, poignantly pleasant.
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Wild Belle - Isles

Reggae-indie-rock (yeah, for real) performed by a hot Chicago babe and her older bro.
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