Top Albums: July 2013

If June served as a wet season for albums, July would be considered a drought. Not only was the month extremely slow in terms of album releases, but a great portion of the albums that did come out couldn’t compete with albums from previous months. Thankfully, a couple of artists released records that stood out from the rest due to their originality, personality, musicianship, and intensity. Here are a few:

 

4. The GardenLife and Times of a Paperclip (Burger)

Essential Tracks– Life as a Hanger, Gumdrops, I’m a Woman

a4085770253_10 In Life and Times of a Paperclip, Orange county twins the Garden, give a short collection of brief, elliptical, quirky, and fun surf-pop tracks that should not be taken too seriously.

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3. WeekendJinx (Slumberland)

Essential Tracks– Oubliette, Celebration, FL, Just Drive

Weekend-JinxThough not as immediate as their debut album Sports, Jinx’s darker sounds mixed with more complete song structures show vital signs of a promising young band pushing their sound forward.

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2. KAThe Night’s Gambit  (Iron Works)

Essential Tracks– Nothing is, Peace Akhi, 30 Pieces of Silver

ka-the-nights-gambitDon’t let the silence of KA’s voice fool you, The Night’s Gambit proves to be, without a doubt, the most intense and thought provoking hip hop release you will hear this year.

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1. Speedy Ortiz–  Major Arcana (Carpark)

Essential Tracks– Tiger Tank, No Below, Plough

artworks-000051077455-mols0k-originalIn a time when the raw, stripped down 90s sound has become a common thing to hear, it’s rare to hear a band do it with as much certainty and personality as Speedy Ortiz.

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