I recently took a look at my 10 favorite national albums of last year; here's my look at the best releases out of St. Louis in 2013.
Toronto musician Barzin Hosseini, who records under the name Barzin, returns with the gossamer, string-swept track "All the While," a meditation on patience, forgiveness and waking up to the world.
To accompany my forthcoming St. Louis-centric list, here's a look at my favorite 10 albums on the national and regional scene, in no particular order.
It would be hard to overstate the importance and the beauty of the Everly Brothers' music, though with the passing of Phil Everly on January 3, 2014, many have tried. But that beauty always slips away. For a moment, Detroit-area band Frontier Ruckus manages to capture some of that elusive grace in its cover of "Like Strangers."
You could call "Remember Me" by Christina Martin piano pop, but it's so much more than any two-word label. A plea, a memory, a melody that captures the slipping-away of private life while reaching out to the widest audience, it's the kind of song that unfolds new feelings with each listen.
It takes a minute, but once past the ersatz Gregorian chants, the track "Do It for Me" by Brooklyn, N.Y. trio the Pluto Moons bursts into giddy, catchy psychedelic pop.
2013 was a year of great comebacks, returns and follow-ups. Daft Punk. My Bloody Valentine. Boards of Canada. But it was also a year of new artists, and as I was compiling my list of my favorite albums of the year, I realized more than half of them were debuts.
A year can only be what you make of it. In 2013 the artists behind these 10 albums chose to dig deep and offer up music that provides a map to navigate one's own emotional landscape.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX have picked their "Songs of the Year," and the resulting list -- spanning all manner of sounds and styles, ranging from radio hitmakers to local heroes -- forms a pretty comprehensive (and thoroughly enjoyable) look back at the year in music that was 2013.