Stereogum’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far

By Stereogum / June 4, 2013

2013 isn’t technically half over yet, but we’re deep into the part of the year where you start sweating the instant you leave your door, and that means it’s a good time to take stock of all the disco robots, frantic rap nerds, and metal boundary-crushers who have thus far delighted us. It’s impossible to pick a narrative out of this year’s crop of great albums, as we’ve heard beautiful things from just about every corner of the music multiverse.

But perhaps more than usual, our favorites of 2013 (so far) marry precise studio craft to open-hearted sentiment and weapons-grade hooks with a sense of genre-blurring adventure. By and large, these good people sound like they’re having fun, you know? To be eligible for this list, your record had to come out by 6/11 (roughly midway between January 1st and our year-ending listomania) and be available for us to hear for at least one week prior (sorry, Boards Of Canada, awesome as you sound on first blush).

And if you didn’t make an album this year, but would like to own the best of them, here’s a thing: One Stereogum reader will win our Top 10 albums of 2013 (so far) on vinyl, courtesy of Insound. To enter the sweeps, you need be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook and comment below with your favorite album(s) of the year (so far) via Facebook Connect (do not use your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends). Winner will be chosen randomly. Sweepstakes ends on 6/18/13 at 12 PM EST.

And now … check out our picks below.

Kylesa - Ultraviolet25 KylesaUltraviolet (Season Of Mist)

Tegan And Sara - Heartthrob24 Tegan And SaraHeartthrob (Warner Bros.)

Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety23 Autre Ne VeutAnxiety (Software/Mexican Summer)

Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle22 Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle (Ribbon Music)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito21 Yeah Yeah YeahsMosquito (Interscope)

Yo La Tengo - Fade20 Yo La TengoFade (Matador)

The Strokes - Comedown Machine19 The StrokesComedown Machine (RCA)

Deerhunter - Monomania18 DeerhunterMonomania (4AD)

Kvelertak - Meir17 KvelertakMeir (Roadrunner)

Charli XCX - True Romance16 Charli XCXTrue Romance (IAMSOUND)

Mikal Cronin - MCII15 Mikal CroninMCII (Merge)

LE1F - Fly Zone14 LE1FFly Zone (Greedhead/Camp & Street)

Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze13 Kurt VileWakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador)

Rhye - Woman12 RhyeWoman (Republic)

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap11 Chance The RapperAcid Rap (Self-Released)

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt10 WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt (Don Giovanni Records)

The National - Trouble Will Find Me09 The NationalTrouble Will Find Me (4AD)

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience08 Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience (RCA)

Majical Cloudz - Impersonator07 Majical CloudzImpersonator (Matador)

My Bloody Valentine - MBV06 My Bloody ValentineMBV (Pickpocket)

Deafheaven - Sunbather05 DeafheavenSunbather (Deathwish Inc.)

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories04 Daft PunkRandom Access Memories (Columbia)

Savages - Silence Yourself03 SavagesSilence Yourself (Matador/Pop Noire)

Disclosure - Settle02 DisclosureSettle (PMR)

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City01 Vampire WeekendModern Vampires Of The City (XL)

Not all of our favorite records as individual humans made our aggregated staff list, so we broke off five honorable mentions each for your further perusal and study:

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Scott
01 LowThe Invisible Way (Sub Pop)
02 BibioSilver Wilkinson (Warp)
03 Dutch UnclesOut Of Touch In The Wild (Memphis Industries)
04 PhoenixBankrupt! (Loyauté/Glassnote/Atlantic)
05 Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin (Castle Face)

Amrit
01 Jon Hopkins – Immunity (Domino)
02 BathsObsidian (Anticon)
03 Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (Constellation)
04 Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)
05 AlpineA Is For Alpine (Votiv)

Tom
01 CassieRockaByeBaby (self-released)
02 Kevin GatesThe Luca Brasi Story (self-released)
03 Free EnergyLove Sign (Free People)
04 The So So GlosBlowout (Shea Stadium)
05 Dawn RichardGoldenheart (self-released)

Michael
01 V/ASvn Okkvlt Compilation (Fallen Empire)
02 Vattnet ViskarSky Swallower (Century Media)
03 Biffy ClyroOpposites (Warner Bros.)
04 ASGBlood Drive (Relapse)
05 IceageYou’re Nothing (Matador)

Claire
01 Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquireKismet (self-released)
02 Unknown Mortal OrchestraII (Jagjaguwar)
03 August AlsinaThe Product 2 (self-released)
04 HausuTotal (Hardly Art/Sub Pop)
05 The-DreamIV Play (Radio Killa/Def Jam)

Even with those mentions, something tells us you think we left one or two of your favorites off. The comments are below and they are yours, to identify omissions and memorialize your tastes. 2013! Good job (so far).