We’re about half way through July, and almost 7 months into 2013. We’ve had a lot good moments, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but it’s time to do one of these lists! Ya know, cause Sunset writers are your favorite writers out there and you treasure our opinions the most. Other music sites are rolling out their “Best of 2013 So Far,” so we decided to hop in on the action and have all of our writers give you their favorite album, EP, mixtape, and song thus far! Please do remember, these are subject to change come the end of 2013. I hope it does change by the end because what’s listed below is some really, really, really, ridiculously good music.
Also, shout out to our guy, Eric, for the sick artwork.
- Lydia: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
- Arjun: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Jordan: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Andy: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Dusty: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Eric: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- Alicia: Disclosure – Settle
- DPrep: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
- Lydia: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Arjun: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Jordan: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Andy: N/A
- Dusty: Sir Sly – Gold
- Eric: Electric Guest – Good America EP
- Alicia: Yuna – Sixth Street EP
- DPrep: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Lydia: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Arjun: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Jordan: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Andy: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Dusty: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Eric: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Alicia: Kilo Kish – K+
- DPrep: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Foxygen is a Californian indie rock band that has stolen my heart and ears for the past two days straight. Their second album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, was just released yesterday, January 22nd, and it’s fantastic. They seem to be bringing back the allure of psychedelic music from the era of The Beatles, The Byrds, and Jefferson Airplane. It’s really a refreshing thing to hear after I’ve been clinging to hip-hop for days, but mostly because it’s not indie rock that I feel like I should like but really don’t find much interest in. Their sound is magnetic. Songs like “Shuggie,” the first single from the album, have hooks that might have been hidden in a record closet for the past five decades, begging to be let out and heard. It’s brilliantly beautiful.
The album’s shortcomings are few and far between. In giving every song a 1-5 star rating, the lowest I heard was a 3.5 in “Bowling Trophies.” And frankly, the only reason that song got a lower rating was because in the grand scheme of things, it seems to be more of an interlude than a song. But it stills pulls me in with its fuzzed out, distant, reverb-heavy sonic qualities. In all, the album is a complete piece of art that makes me feel a little left out of the party that was the Woodstock generation’s claim to fame. Now pardon me while I go eat some mushrooms and listen to Foxygen on repeat.
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