OTHER MUSIC'S BEST OF 2013: NEW RELEASES & REISSUES
For the second year in a row, we've expanded our annual top 25 picks up to 30, and we probably could have rounded up even further, as 2013 was another excellent year in music. You'll also notice that this year we decided to forgo any sort of ranking between the titles; these are all great records that are equally deserving of your time, and anyway, with the wildly varying tastes of our staff and customers, who could agree on the single best album? In the end, though, the staff consensus is that the albums below represent the best and most-forward thinking new and reissued releases of 2013, and all of these records get Other Music's stamp of approval.
And while out of modesty we excluded the releases on our Other Music Recording Co. imprint from our year-end rankings, they are a great batch of albums that have been popping up on many critics' lists. We kicked off 2013 with Ex Cops' great, hazy, jangle-pop debut, True Hallucinations, followed by the powerful, pipe organ-driven chamber rock of Anna von Hausswolff's Ceremony. We also fell in love with the young Brazilian psych-pop wunderkinds, Boogarins, releasing their home-recorded As Plantas Que Curam, and then closed out the year with the gorgeous, heartfelt, orchestrated folk of Mutual Benefit's widely acclaimed Love's Crushing Diamond. Last but not least, two OMRC staples put out singles this summer: the instantly catchy "What Can Ya Do" by Brooklyn-by-way-of-Long Island DIY rockers Nude Beach, and a slice of mellow yet trippy, tropical funk from Japan's Shintaro Sakamoto via his "Don't Know What's Normal" 7-inch. Admittedly, it would be a little biased of us to include any of these releases in Other Music's Best of 2013, but we love all these records just the same, and hopefully some of them may make their way on to your personal year end list.
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