Sorting through a major publication’s “Best Albums of (insert year here)” can take hours. Not here. Each album gets a short and sweet description. No art pop or celebrity icons allowed. Those guys have already been featured in every other “Best of 2013.” These are the albums that will make hipsters shrug, cheerleaders cheer, and grandmas rock out in their rocking chairs. These are best albums that you didn’t hear in 2013.
The MS sings and the MR produces to create and eerie and seductive album.
The epic, passionate and inspirational synth heavy pop-rock of In Rolling Waves will leave you soaking with emotion.
One of indie rock’s finest gives us a dreamy fairy tale of an album.
22. Cults – Static
A trippy, gitty, upbeat and unique take on experimental indie-pop.
Radiating with coolness and machismo, Matthew Dear‘s Beams will take you back to the roots of modern indie-rock.
One of the best and most distinctive retro-cool albums of the year.
Early Daft Punk style house meets 80’s synth pop in Hanging Gardens.
Dark, technical, minimal and airy glitch-style electro. If modern architecture had a voice, this would be it.
The playful and carefree tone of Miracle Mile makes for a truly chilled oasis.
Lissie unleashes the full spectrum of her deliciously powerful voice to give us the only folk-rock album of the bunch and for good reason.
The success of these indie-rockers speaks for itself. Does “Anna Sun” sound familiar?
Days Are Gone is the new benchmark for a solid indie-pop rock album.
The synth-pop genius of After Dark Vol. 2 is unrivaled and brilliant.
Kids in LA is so eye-rollingly hip, cool and groovy, it only listens to music on vinyl and video on Betamax. JK, but really, it’s that cool.
Upbeat, funky, bouncy synth-pop that will make you want to dance back to the 80’s.
Quirky, raw, youthful and crooning indie-rock.
Massively epic, driven and inspirational pop-rock.
Oozing with musical prowess, Royal Canoe delivers the funkiest and possibly the most technical album of the list.
One of the best indie bands in the industry give us the pinnacle of their work to date in this underrated spectacle.
Dan Croll‘s pure and authentic style sets him apart from a generation of overproduced electro heavy artists in this incredible first offering.
Atlas Genius showcase their indie-pop genius in the hit heavy When It Was Now.
Consider Factory Floor as a look to the future of electronic dance music.
The best sounds of the 80’s have been reborn in the bubbly and masterful album When The Night.
Disclosure came from nowhere to change the face of house music in 2013.
Free Your Mind is a feel good morphine drip of sweet, syrupy, acid bass that takes you deeper and deeper into a state of pure late 80′s nostalgia by digging up the roots of electronic dance music. It is 2013’s best album of the year.
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– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music