Bewildering guitar wizardry and British rock ‘n’ roll lead the way this week as our staffers highlight two more 2013 albums of note.
Dreamy is the operative term this week, as one selection adds to the indie-pop canon while another blazes a trail on the harp.
The emergence of a new voice in experimental jazz reigns supreme this week, with help from Peter Evans and Nate Wooley to boot.
Synth-pop pioneers and post-punk newcomers share the stage on April’s final roundup. Strong yet understated year to this point.
Upstart indie-rock and a former ambient composer spreading his stylistic wings highlight this set of strong 2013 affairs.
The baton is handed to woozy slabs of Americana this week, as Kurt Vile and Apache Dropout present skewed takes on tradition.
Only one record this week, but it’s a brilliant hauntological foray that simultaneously plays into and putrefies our nostalgia.
The second effort from a sound artist collab, a Slumberland release, and an electro-pop debut LP are on tap this week.
A spellbinding ambient/drone freebie and an electronic sound-collagey affair add to an already solid year in music.
Bowie impresses another SOTS writer while other 2013 records are striking in their intimacy and big-band rhapsody.
The return of a legend as well as newer acts in the rock and Americana spheres feature in this week’s musical crop.
Our final slice of 2012 — a wonderfully noisy drone-pop effort — paves the way for the roundup’s spotlight on the current year.
Throwback rock ‘n’ roll and mesmeric minimal techno highlight this week’s roundup. It’ll start feeling like 2013 soon enough.
Snappy indie-rock as well as drone that’s somehow ascetic and all-consuming steal the show in this week’s roundup.
Legends of shoegaze and Japanese rock ‘n’ roll return to the fray, and it goes without saying that these are welcome sounds indeed.