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5 LP’s of 2013 pt1.

July 28, 2013

Arbitrary list of music albums ordered by preference during the Roman calendar year MMXIII

This article could be summed up in a single tweet. (Don’t read this tweet if you don’t like spoilers or tweets.) But why use 140 characters when 1400 will do? I don’t know the answer to that question. My top 5 albums of 2013 up to July? That’s not really phrased as a question but I’ll answer it anyway.

5. Foxygen, with their mandible-mangling title ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’ alluding to the glorious, psychedelic years of so long ago. By all accounts the band have gone their separate ways and left the world with one, well crafted album and nothing more. The album is highly derivative, or if you prefer a wonderful homage.

defunct buzz-band

I became aware of this album in January during an early year dirge and while a valiant effort and worth checking out I can’t imagine it’ll be in my top 5 by the end of the year. While it doesn’t pull up any innovatory trees. It certainly appreciates on further listens like a Californian IPA. You can read a much more in-depth review of the album below.

4. Local Natives’ Humming Bird is a sweet, heartfelt pop album as the title indicates. The breezy, opening channels The National ‘Boxer era’, featuring subtle lyrics and strong vocals from Taylor Rice.

music to sip flat whites to

“Powder in your hair
Staples in your jeans
Fireworks in the water
You were holding
A styro-foam cup
Held between your teeth
Telling me how you’re going to outlive your body”

The band have garnered favorable comparisons with “Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Vampire Weekend,[5] as well as “sort of a West Coast Grizzly Bear.”[6]According to Wikipedia.

Definitely hitting the Grizzly Bear circa Veckatimest spot on this year’s list.

3. David Bowie – The Next Day. The long-awaited 26th album from Britain’s greatest Artist/Chameleon/Cultural icon. Delete as applicable. It’s better than the later era of Bowie’s oeuvre. Better than I had reason to expect it to be. Benefiting from the unexpected arrival, without much fanfare, during early spring when there was little else to touch it. A sterling 3 star effort from Elder Ziggy.

Full of self-referential allusions to a living legend.

Bowie is acutely aware of his own importance to British culture. Like many great artists he draws heavily on his earlier works in ‘The Next Day‘.


2- The National sweep into second spot with their pessimistically titled ‘Trouble Will Find Me.’ This is not the easiest album to write about, 6 albums in and you pretty much know what you’re getting from Ohio’s favourite maudlin, song-smiths.  Featuring melancholic lyrics (if I had to guess I’d say he’s recently broke up with someone but then all of their albums sound like that.) delivered with Matt Berninger’s lauded, marble baritone (-Ed).  It’s perfect, rainy-day, bus-music  and I’ll leave it at that. The album cover is pretty cool though.

Children of Israel

1- Vampire Weekend have definitely taken it up a gear with their third album ‘Modern Vampires of the City.’ With standout singles like Diane Young, Ya Hey (that’s Hey Ya! backwards!) & Unbelievers, VW have managed to maintain their radio-friendly sound while easily surpassing anything that they’ve previously produced.

‘Modern Vampires of the City’ contains elements of chamber pop, prog-rock and Judaic inspired lyrics, With references to Zion, Unbelievers, Israelites, this Orthodox girl and er …Falafel. In fact Vampire Weekend have created the best mainstream, Hebrew influenced album since Youth by Matisyahu.  Also they win the award for most stylish stage set design. Mazel Tov!