2013's Best Albums of the First Quarter

May 01. 2013 | By Staff

Beach Fossils-clash

Beach Fossils
Clash The Truth
.@beachfossils presented its anxious fans w/ an album that produces a new favorite track with every listen for fans new and old. #owlq1best
-Jennifer Shields

BigBlackDelta

Big Black Delta
Big Black Delta
You can shake your groove thang on the “Side of the Road” thx to @BigBlackDelta! A proper release & full bodied, potent package. #OwlBestQ1
-Trina N. Green

brmc-Specter At The Feast

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Specter At The Feast
A nod to “Macbeth” & @BRMCofficial dig deeper into the pockets of their leather jackets (& hearts) to recover from loss. Respect. #OwlBestQ1
-Trina N. Green

blue hawaii-untogether

Blue Hawaii
Untogether
w/ Untogether, electro-pop duo @trubluhawaii crafted a gorgeous compelling debut by blending complex melodies emotive lyrics #OwlBestQ1
-Ace Ubas

Daughter-ifyouleave

Daughter
If You Leave
Folk trio @ohdaughter takes intimacy to a new level w/ spacious production powerful emotive lyrics sweeping melodies. #OwlBestQ1
-Ace Ubas

Ducktails-flowerlane

Ducktails
The Flower Lane
Thank @mattmondanile for the early spring; the unabashedly soft shimmer of Ducktails-The Flower Lane thoroughly warmed our bones. #OwlBestQ1
-Sean Morris

Foals-holyfire

Foals
Holy Fire
.@foalsfoalsfoals swing for the fences on Holy Fire, a vibrant showcase for their rapidly expanding confidence in grit uplift. #OwlBestQ1
-Sean Morris

Generationals-heza

Generationals
Heza
Organic meets electronic to play nice in a sandbox of expertly crafted guitar driven indie pop. cc: @generationals #OwlBestQ1
-Jason Jurgens

hands-Synesthesia

Hands
Synesthesia
@handssounds make grooves that will melt the most nonchalant indie rocker”s heart – let Synesthesia into your soul #OwlBestQ1
-Lisa Gerarde

James Blake-overgrown

James Blake
Overgrown
The inimitable @JamesBlake explores new themes and sounds on Overgrown, and the result is nothing short of haunting. #OwlBest Q1
-Katie Carroll

Jessie Ware-devotion

Jessie Ware
Devotion
British siren @Jessie_Ware is more than a pretty face: her spunk and soul shine through on much-hyped debut Devotion. #OwlBestQ1
-Katie Carroll

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable
Wolf”s Law
The Joy Formidable”s 2nd LP showcases the band”s unique sense of musicality that we appreciate about them and continue to adore. #owlq1best
-Jennifer Shields

Local Natives-hummingbird

Local Natives
Hummingbird
Beautiful, melodic sophomore album from @localnatives “Hummingbird” has strength & depth. Excellent follow up to “Gorilla Manor” #OwlBestQ1
-Lacey Lampe

My Bloody Valentine-mbv

My Bloody Valentine
mbv
My Bloody Valentine: mbv “Seagull arcs toward/the onslaught of crashing waves/gliding into grace” #OwlBestQ1 #OwlHaiku @thisismbV
-Wayne Jessup

The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood
I Love You.
SoCal”s @thenbhd wrenches and writhes with sex, solitude and mortality in their debut noir soap popera #ILoveYou #owlq1best
-Alyssa Pereira

Phosphorescent-muchacho

Phosphorescent
Muchacho
“Muchacho” is an album of redemption, @Phosphorescent imbues its best release yet w/ a sense of hope during heartbreak. #OwlBestQ1
-Gabe Rosenberg

pillowfight-pillowfight

Pillowfight
Pillowfight
Pairing vintage beats & a swaggering @emilywellsmusic, the alluring @weRpillowfight is @dantheautomator”s best work in a decade. #OwlBestQ1
-Sean Morris

Robert Delong

Robert Delong
Just Movement
Robert Delong (Delongmusic) adds his clever lyrics to inventive EDM beats, making music you can think and dance to. #OWLBESTQ1
-Jason Martinez

Unknown Mortal Orchestra-II

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
II
@UMO”s II revels in isolation, relaxes in the hazy sun and creates psychedelic lullabies that will sway you to sleep #OwlBestQ1
-Christine Cook

The_Veils-timestays

The Veils
Time Stays, We Go
Perfectly raw & polished, chaotic & romantic, blows hot & cool, so lyrically sound- @the_veils album is a captivating beauty. #OwlBestQ1
-Trina N. Green

Waxahatchee-ceruleansalt

Waxahatchee
Cerulean Salt
Waxahatchee: Cerulean Summer “After the summer/of the Mockingbird, Scout played/electric guitar” #OwlBestQ1 #OwlHaiku @k_crutchfield
-Wayne Jessup

Wax Idols-discipline desire

Wax Idols
Discipline Desire
.@WAXIDOLS :Discipline Desire “Discipline, desire/aching counterpoint of the/brain versus the loins” #OwlBestQ1 #OwlHaiku
-Wayne Jessup

Woodkid-goldenage

Woodkid
The Golden Age
The multi-talented Yoann Lemoine, AKA @Woodkid, has created a dark, dramatic, and dynamic beauty in debut album The Golden Age. #OwlBestQ1
-Katie Carroll

yolatengo-fade

Yo La Tengo
Fade
.@TheRealYLT sprawls out on “Fade,” finding the perfect balance between noise, meditational drones, and lush orchestration. #OwlBestQ1
-Gabe Rosenberg

Young Dreams

Young Dreams
Between Places
Norway”s @youngdreamsband thinks heavy but spins orchestral cotton candy on jaunty, wanderlusting #betweenplaces #owlq1best
-Alyssa Pereira

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