The 25 Best Albums Of 2013

December 18. 2013 | By Staff



Arctic Monkeys “AM”
.@ArcticMonkeys filled their 5th album w/ slaying guitar riffs + strong vocals to make “AM” a solid listen all the way through! #OwlBest13
-Amanda Sorvig


Bibio “Silver Wilkinson”
It took an EDM producer to break folk + hip-hop out of their holding patterns. @Bibio make an arresting ode to tranquility. #OwlBest13
-Sean Morris

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Specter At The Feast”
The mourning & acceptance that the fight of your life goes on despite the loss, @BRMCofficial rumble back in badass form. \m/ #OwlBest13
-Trina N. Green

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr “The Speed of Things”
Because every song on “The Speed of Things” makes me DANCE. @dalejrjrmusic #OwlBest13
-Amy Osgood


Deafheaven “Sunbather”
.@deafheavenband’s black metal reverie #sunbather eloquently swells + sears in dysphoric vagrancy, dreaming of prosperity #OwlBest13
-Alyssa Pereira


Disclosure “Settle”
Dance-inducing #Settle, @disclosure’s fierce debut, quakes & hums, fusing elements of soul, whirrs of detroit, & sweet brit-pop #OwlBest13
-Alyssa Pereira


Generationals “Heza”
Organic meets electronic to play nice in a sandbox of expertly crafted guitar driven indie pop. cc: @generationals #OwlBest13
-Jason Jurgens


Haim “Days Are Gone”
.@HAIMtheband deliver anthem after another w/ debut #daysaregone. Play at high volumes. #OwlBest13 #sisters
-Jason Jurgens


Hanni El Khatib “Head in the Dirt”
.@hannielkhatib keeps up the raw guitar riffs in his second album “Head in the Dirt” #OwlBest13
-Ivette Orenoa


Holy Ghost “Dynamics”
Dynamics is @HolyGhostNYC’s way of proving you don’t have to let your fans down w/ your 2nd LP. 1986 never sounded so good. #OwlBest13
-Amber Gregory


Jagwar Ma “Howlin'”
Experimental beats fuse into one dance-happy collection of earworms. @JagwarMa stole our heart this year. #OwlBest13
-Julie Dyer


Jason Isbell “Southeastern”
With disturbingly earnest lyrics backed by beautiful minimalism, Southeastern is @JasonIsbell’s finest work yet #OwlBest13
-Kelley Bennett


Julia Holter “Loud City Song”
.@Julia_Holter’s 3rd album Loud City Song is an otherworldly experience, drawing on drama, tension, + mesmerizing arrangements #OwlBest13
-Ace Ubas


Mikal Cronin “MCII”
On “MCII,” @MikalCronin intricately arranges everything + defines a fuzzed out, blissful summer. Perfectly punchy power pop. #OwlBest13
-Gabe Rosenberg


ON AN ON “Give In”
Purveyors of beautiful things, @itsonanon lulled us into submission w/ gorgeous melodies and haunting vocals in debut Give In #OwlBest13
-Mayumi Okamoto


Palma Violets “180”
.@palmaviolets made us thank our lucky stars that good ol’ Brit rock is alive + well in 2013 w/ their debut effort #180 #OwlBest13
-Mayumi Okamoto

San Fermin

San Fermin “San Fermin”
With lush arrangements and a heartbreaking narrative, @sanferminband ‘s debut is as classic as it is innovative #OwlBest13
-Jason Martinez


Sigur Ros “Kveikur”
The heavier counterpart to last year’s Valtari, @sigurros’ ‘Kveikur is a gorgeous, impassioned, earth-rattling volcano. #OwlBest13
-Emily Turner


Tim Kasher “Adult Film”
.@timkasher ‘s solo album “adult film” delivers familiar sounds of both cursive + the good life, but still has its own sound. #OwlBest13
-Ivette Orenos


Valerie June “Pushin’ Against a Stone”
.@TheValerieJune delivered a soulful, bluesy debut that will keep her on our radar for years to come #OwlBest13
-Kelley Bennett


Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City”
No longer just Paul Simon admirers, @vampireweekend show a real dark side and maturity on “Modern Vampires.” Nothing is wasted. #OwlBest13
-Gabe Rosenberg

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The Veils “Time Stays, We Go”
Perfectly raw & polished, chaotic & romantic, blows hot & cool, lyrically sound- @the_veils catch & hold beauty w/ this one. #OwlBest13
-Trina N. Green


Washed Out “Paracosm”
.@Ernestgreen (Washed Out) returned w/ “Paracosm,” exceeding your expectations w/ their catchiest chillwave tunes yet. #OwlBest13
-Amy Osgood


Waxahatchee “Cerulean Salt”
Cerulean Salt is a nod to the punk/emo era of the early 90s where @k_crutchfield writes one powerfully raw + emotional album #OwlBest13
-Ace Ubas

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Wax Idols “Discipline + Desire”
.@WAXIDOLS channel goth + punk legends on the addictive Discipline + Desire, creating their own alluring mythos in the process. #OwlBest13
-Sean Morris


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