Strong Odors Favorite Albums 2013

With new albums in 2013 from favorites Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Avett Brothers, Vampire Weekend, and (after a 17-year wait) Mazzy Star, my list is relatively predictable, but hopefully there are at least a couple surprises in there too.

I’d imagined a new Churchill album on the list this year, but sadly it seems to have landed in musical purgatory after the band disintegrated last summer…

The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
The Avett Brothers: Magpie and The Dandelion
Washed Out: Paracosm
Volcano Choir: Repave
Weekend: Jinx
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Lissie: Back to Forever
Phosphorescent: Muchacho
James Blake: Overgrown
High Highs: Open Season
Widowspeak: Almanac
Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe
Mazzy Star: Seasons of Your Day
Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob
Tanlines: Mixed Emotions
Bill Ryder-Jones: A Bad Wind Blows in my Heart
Elephant Revival: These Changing Skies
Rhye: Woman
Camera Obscura: Desire Lines