Obscure Sound: Best of January 2013

indie music compilation

This is the first compilation in two months due to December’s Best Albums of 2012 feature, which was time-consuming but definitely worth it. It’s always a lot of fun to be reminded of the year’s best. Re-discovering a bunch of great material tends to satiate my desire for new sounds throughout the holidays. But as that came to an end, there were a bunch of quality artists waiting to be heard with brand new material. This is what January’s compilation represents. It’s the first of 2013, a year that has already given us a handful of outstanding albums. The new My Bloody Valentine is a beast of an album, somehow matching mammoth expectations. January releases from Toro y Moi, Ducktails, and Local Natives all hit the spot as well. All of these albums are highly recommended, but this compilation features a cast of relatively lesser-known acts — for the most part. I couldn’t resist putting “Letter of Intent” up top. What a killer track from Ducktails. Expect reviews of most these albums to appear in the near future; we’ll be resuming reviews on a frequent basis shortly. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the compilation. It’s a great start to a new year.

01. Ducktails – “Letter of Intent” (post)
02. The Leisure Society – “The Sober Scent of Paper” (post)
03. Bells Atlas – “Video Star” (post)
04. Dutch Uncles – “Bellio” (post)
05. Black Kaweah – “Oak Valley” (post)
06. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play” (post)
07. Heavy Hawaii – “Airborne Kawasaki” (post)
08. Spires – “Sterling” (post)
09. Amber Oak – “Ol’ Pa (Work All Night)” (post)
10. Jim Platt’s Rhythm Innovation – “All Alone in My Dreams” (post)
11. Alex Calder – “Suki and Me” (post)
12. Monty and the Puma Fruits – “Untitled” (post)
13. Constant Supply – “Capo” (post)
14. Cyan Marble – “Monoceros” (post)
15. Slander – “Magnets” (post)
16. Pixel Fix – “Rosa” (post)

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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1 Comment

  1. Getting into the new year musically can be a discouraging time after listening to “best ofs” for a month. But then you hear some great new tunes and all is well with the world again. Big thanks for helping find these listening gems.

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