25 Best Albums of 2013

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.

25. MS MR – Secondhand Rapture

The MS sings and the MR produces to create and eerie and seductive album.

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24. The Naked And Famous – In Rolling Waves

The epic, passionate and inspirational synth heavy pop-rock of In Rolling Waves will leave you soaking with emotion.

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23. Fitz and The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream

One of indie rock’s finest gives us a dreamy fairy tale of an album.

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22. Cults – Static

A trippy, gitty, upbeat and unique take on experimental indie-pop.

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21. Matthew Dear – Beams

Radiating with coolness and machismo, Matthew Dear‘s Beams will take you back to the roots of modern indie-rock.

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20. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

One of the best and most distinctive retro-cool albums of the year.

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19. Classixx – Hanging Gardens

Early Daft Punk style house meets 80’s synth pop in Hanging Gardens.

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18. Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Dark, technical, minimal and airy glitch-style electro. If modern architecture had a voice, this would be it.

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17. STRFKR – Miracle Mile

The playful and carefree tone of Miracle Mile makes for a truly chilled oasis.

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16. Lissie – Back to Forever

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.

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15. Walk the Moon – Tightrope EP

The success of these indie-rockers speaks for itself. Does “Anna Sun” sound familiar?

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14. HAIM – Days Are Gone

Days Are Gone is the new benchmark for a solid indie-pop rock album.

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13. After Dark Vol. 2 – feat. Chromatics & Glass Candy

The synth-pop genius of After Dark Vol. 2 is unrivaled and brilliant.

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12. Kisses – Kids in LA

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.

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11. Holy Ghost! – Dynamics

Upbeat, funky, bouncy synth-pop that will make you want to dance back to the 80’s.

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10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed of Things

Quirky, raw, youthful and crooning indie-rock.

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9. Bastille – Bad Blood

Massively epic, driven and inspirational pop-rock.

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8. Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers

Oozing with musical prowess, Royal Canoe delivers the funkiest and possibly the most technical album of the list.

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7. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return

One of the best indie bands in the industry give us the pinnacle of their work to date in this underrated spectacle.

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6. Dan Croll – From Nowhere EP

Dan Croll‘s pure and authentic style sets him apart from a generation of overproduced electro heavy artists in this incredible first offering.

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5. Atlas Genius – When It Was Now

Atlas Genius showcase their indie-pop genius in the hit heavy When It Was Now.

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4. Factory Floor – Factory Floor

Consider Factory Floor as a look to the future of electronic dance music.

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3. St. Lucia – When The Night

The best sounds of the 80’s have been reborn in the bubbly and masterful album When The Night.

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2. Disclosure – Settle

Disclosure came from nowhere to change the face of house music in 2013.

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1. Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

 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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What do you think about this list? Let us know in the comments below!

– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music

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4 responses to “25 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Definitely a DJ’s dream! A lot of electronica to get the heart pumping and a nice mix of your traditional “indie” music as well!

  2. If you wanna take a minute and listen to some of my favs releases of 2013 heres the link:

    Its a twin peaks themed industrial techno set recommended to who enjoy demdike/miles, Rrose Conrad Van Orton etc.

    feedback apprectiated

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