We’re about to turn the calendar over to Ja… wait… June? Oh. You don’t say. Well, here’s a list of great albums from 2013 because I enjoy this nonsense and it’s fun for my own dumb reference anyway. Feel free to complain.
10. San Fermin by San Fermin – What would happen if you mixed The National and Dirty Projectors while cranking up the “baroque” knob? Now you can find out! Oversimplification aside, the debut effort by San Fermin is uneven and lovable. The pacing is a bit odd and the instrumental breaks aren’t always memorable. Paired with those weaknesses are some breathtaking highs. Opener “Renaissance!” sets an amazing tone, “Torero” boils deliciously, the drums in “Bar” simply must be experienced, and you’ve already heard the great single “Sonsick.”
09. Make Good Choices by Sean Nelson – You probably remember the song “Flagpole Sitta,” that fun 90s one-hit-wonder by Harvey Danger. This is the debut solo effort by that band’s singer, and it captures the same kind of charm and style found in the releases from his former project. And if you’re like most people, you won’t realize the strength of that compliment. We get thoughtful lyricism, strong melodies, and that distinctive voice, all packed and delivered to a 2013 audience.
08. Cerulean Salt by Waxahatchee – There are two ways to approach Cerulean Salt. The first is to love singer-songwriter/folk fare, and to gravitate to the slow burn energy of the quiet songs. Powerful singing and haunting melodies are sure to hit home with you. The second (and my way) in, is to fall for those brilliant loud tracks, soak in the glorious guitar fuzz. No matter the path you pick, the record is likely to grab your ears. And before you know it? All the other tracks will rise and add to a great whole.