The Ones That Got Away: 20 More Top Albums of 2013

Written by co-editor and staff writer Michael Gioia

Pretty self-explanatory here.  I made a list of my favorite albums of the year somewhat prematurely, since more albums have been released since then.  I also neglected to mention a few last time, so here’s another take on my “Top 20 Albums of 2013, Vol. 2”

20. Teeth of the Sea, Master

TEETHOFTHESEA

Rocket Recordings; 2013

Best track: “Reaper”

Sounds like… “something approaching a concept album centred around a theme seemingly lifted out of the world of Philip K. Dick-style psychedelic science fiction.” (Burnett, The Quietus)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Carlton Melton, Always Even (2013)

2. Eternal Tapestry, Beyond the 4th Door (2011)

3. Sun Araw, On Patrol (2010)

19. Darkside, Psychic

DARKSIDE

Matador / Other People; 2013

Best track: “Golden Arrow”

Sounds like… “airy dissonance, uncontrollable excitement, wondrous confusion.” (Willett, Consequence of Sound)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Forest Swords, Engravings (2013)

2. Braids, Flourish / / Perish (2013

3. King Krule, King Krule (2011)

18. Moderat, II

MODERAT

Mute; 2013

Best track: “Gita”

Sounds like… “A back and forth dance between delicate organs and dazzling synths, buffered by pitch bending curveballs that mold energy like putty.” (Yenigun, NPR)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Joy Orbison, Hymph Mngo (2009)

2. Burial, Untrue (2009)

3. Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest (2013)

17. Ghost Wave, Ages

GHOSTWAVE

Flying Nun; 2013

Best track: “Here She Comes”

Sounds like… “The poppier songs, sandwiched between the (slightly) extended guitar passages, are pure, uncut sugar.” (Lore, Paste)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. The Mantles, Long Enough to Leave (2013)

2. Ski Lodge, Big Heart (2013)

3. Desert Stars, Habit Shackles (2013)

16. Yuck, Glow & Behold

YUCK

Fat Possum / Pharmacy; 2013

Best track: “Rebirth”

Sounds like… “’maple shade,’ a metaphor illustrating a place where Bloom discovers love and suppresses broken dreams.” (Willett, Consequence of Sound)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Hebronix, Unreal (2013)

2. Yuck, Yuck (2011)

3. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (2009)

15. James Ferraro, NYC, HELL 3:00AM

JAMESFERRARO

Hippos in Tanks; 2013

Best track: “QR JR”

Sounds like… “It may be Bloomberg’s shiny technotopian New York that Ferraro’s portraying, but he renders it in the grimy grey-on-grey palette of the city’s gutted-out Seventies, an eternal night time of dirty concrete and menacing shadows like something out of an Abel Ferrara movie.” (Raymer, Pitchfork)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. James Ferraro, Far Side Virtual (2011)

2. James Ferraro, Sushi (2012)

3. Dylan Ettinger, Life Power Church (Fourth Dimension) (2013)

14. Laurel Halo, Chance of Rain

LAURELHALO

Hyperdub; 2013

Best track: “Thrax”

Sounds like… Just read: Tiny Mix Tapes

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Laurel Halo, Quarantine (2012)

2. King Felix, The Healing Code (2012)

3.Oneohitrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (2013)

13. Ryan Hemsworth, Guilt Trips

RYANHEMSWORTH

Last Gang; 2013

Best track: “Day / Night / Sleep System”

Sounds like… “the rhythms of trap rap and sounds that could’ve been lifted off the laptop of an experimental electronic musician, layered with washes of synthesizers and manipulated vocal samples that deliver the same benzo bliss as Clams Casino and Shlohmo, albeit with a more ragged, deconstructed feel.” (Raymer, Pitchfork)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Baths, Obsidian (2013)

2. Clams Casino, Rainforest (2011)

3.The Weeknd, Kiss Land (2013)

12. Drop Electric, Waking Up To The Fire

DROPELECTRIC

Lefse Records; 2013

Best track: “Higgs Boson”

Sounds like… “The album exploits the tension between traditionally pretty indie pop tropes—glockenspiel and keyboards that “sparkle”—and uncomfortable finds from the uncanny valley.” (Geffen, Consequence of Sound)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Mogwai, Young Team (1997)

2. Battles, Gloss Drop (2011)

3. Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene (2005)

11. Oh No, Disrupted Ads

OHNO

Kash Roc Entertainment; 2013

Best track: “Punchdrunkpatterns feat. Tristate and Midaz

Sounds like… “a schizophrenic trip through Oh No’s inner-radio broadcast.” (Amidon, Pop Matters)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Oh, No, Dr. No’s Ethiopium (2009)

2. Oh, No, Dr. No’s Oxperiment (2007)

3. Madlib, Madlib Medicine Show #5: The History of the Loop Digga (2010)

10. The Flaming Lips, Peace Sword EP 

FLAMINGLIPS

Warner Bros; 2013

Best track: “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart) [feat. Tobacco]

Sounds like…”epic commences with more spacey synths before nestling into a Martian jungle of tribal tom-toms and skittering snares.” (Reed, Hidden Track)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. The Flaming Lips, Embryonic Digital EP (2009)

2. Animal Collective, Fall Be Kind EP (2009)

3. The Flaming Lips, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (2012)

9. College, Hèritage

COLLEGE

Invada; 2013

Best track: “Départ”

Sounds like… “the new album’s “Depart” would be ideal accompaniment for the Driver, Irene, and Benicio hurtling down a Los Angeles levy, sun baking the windshield.” (Madden, Consequence of Sound)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. College, A Real Hero EP (2010)

2. Electric Youth, The Best Thing (2012)

3. Desire, II (2009)

8. Cut Copy, Free Your Mind

CUTCOPY

Modular; 2013

Best track: “Dark Corners & Mountain Tops”

Sounds like… “It’s a concept album of sorts, taking you out of the desert, above the city and… something about the waves.” (Cohen, Pitchfork).

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Cut Copy, Zonoscope (2011)

2. Midnight Juggernauts, The Crystal Axis (2010)

3. Cut Copy, Bright Like Neon Love (2004)

7. Smith Westerns, Soft Will

SMITHWESTERNS

Mom & Pop; 2013

Best track: “Varsity”

Sounds like… “being young isn’t just about spending time doing very little; it’s also about feelings of unrequited love and confusion.” (NME, Pearlman)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Helvetia, Nothing In Rambling (2013)

2. Diarrhea Planet, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (2013)

3. Connections, Body Language (2013)

6. Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffin

THEEOHSEES

Castleface; 2013

Best track: “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster”

Sounds like… “the relative difference between being below and above the ground.” (Riboflavin, Tiny Mix Tapes)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II (2012)

2. Night Beats, Sonic Bloom (2013)

3. Ty Segall, Melted (2010)

5. The Range,  Nonfiction

THERANGE

Donky Pitch; 2013

Best tack: “Everything But”

Sounds like… “They’re too neat, too industrious, too polite—too many of the qualities we look for in coworkers and roommates and not enough of the ones we look for in artists.” (Powell, Pitchfork)

If you like this album you might like.

1. Matthias Zimmermann, Botanica Dub (2012)

2. Vondelpark – Seabed (2013)

3. Pedestrian, Hoyle Road (2013)

4. Moby, Innocents 

MOBY

Mute; 2013

Best track: “The Perfect Life feat. Wayne Coyne”

Sounds like… “the John Williams of EDM.” (Walters, SPIN)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Voodoo Child, The End of Everything” (1997)

2. Moby, 18 & 18 B-Sides (2013)

3. Groove Armada, Vertigo (1999)

3. Marnie Stern, The Chronicles of Marnia

MARNIESTERN

Kill Rock Stars; 2013

Best track: “Hell Yes”

https://soundcloud.com/killrockstars/nothing-is-easy

Sounds like… “the runner’s high, the moment when physical intensity turns into an almost meditative state.” (Powell, Pitchfork)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Marnie Stern, Marnie Stern (2010)

2. Marnie Stern, This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is…” (2008)

3. Buke & Gase, General Dome (2013)

2. Bill Orcutt, A History of Every One

BILLORCUTT

Editions Mego; 2013

Best track: “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard”

Sounds like… “as much about what could happen as what is happening.” (Masters, Pitchfork)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. Colin Stetson, Those Who Didn’t Run (2011)

2. Yellow Swans, Going Places (2010)

3. Bill Orcutt, How the Thing Sings (2011)

1. The Knife, Shaking the Habitual

THEKNIFE

Mute / Brille / Rabid; 2013

Best track: “Without You My Life Would Be Boring.”

Sounds like… “a space where organic and inorganic sound objects are introduced, heated to boiling point and encouraged to collide wildly into one another.” (Gibb, The Quietus)

If you like this album, you might like:

1. M.I.A., Matangi (2013)

2. Major Lazer, Lazers Never Die (2010)

3. The Knife, Silent Shout (2006)

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