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.
A grand, warm embrace of dream pop, "Proto," the latest from London band Dios Mio, carries the listener away on the strength of the enigmatically named Helena's voice and what sometimes sounds like the strength of 10,000 guitars.
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.
Hailing from the West Midlands region of the UK, Young Braves once went by the moniker Arcade Parade. We can all agree the name change was a smart move, as is the new track "Youth," a catchy and candid slice of Brit guitar-pop.
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.
There were so many releases in 2013 and I know I only heard a small fraction of them. In my relatively small overall sampling of 2013 album releases, I found a whole lot to like, and it was difficult to narrow them down to a list of 10.
The year 2013 brought so much wonderful new music, but, like every year, it brought so much sad music news. The loss of Jason Molina, leader of Magnolia Electric Co. and the voice and vision behind Songs: Ohia, was one of the toughest. "Just Be Simple," a demo from the Songs: Ohia release "Magnolia Electric Co.," is a poignant reminder of his astonishingly honest, unpretentious art.