Sometimes it takes a while to digest new records. That’s why I’ve decided to review January’s albums in retrospect. Each month going forward Sonic Cereal offers a rewind of the previous month’s offerings. Here’s a look at the best records of January 2013 that get the Sonic Cereal stamp of approval. Don’t let these pass you by.
1. The Joy Formidable – “Wolf’s Law”
Women are really dominating the indie rock scene as of late. Think Sleigh Bells, Amanda Palmer, Swearin’. This female-fronted band from Wales – now headquartered in London – is indie-pop at it’s finest. Fuzzy guitars and fun vocals. The best record of January 2013.
2. Foxygen – “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”
The California duo’s laid-back guitar rock sounds timeless. It’s ‘60s psychedelia meets current indie rock. We’re catching a Lou Reed or Velvet Underground vibe. Not bad.
3. Tegan And Sara – Heartthrob
The 7th album from the Canadian indie-rock duo takes a left turn for the good. Their usually guitar-based sound is replaced by a synth pop aesthetic that is saccharine in a good way. Like Katy Perry without the cheese.
4. Ra Ra Riot – “Beta Love.”
The upstate New York dance-rock quintet delves deeper into the realm of electronic on their third record. Less guitar, more keyboards. Might need some time to grow on you.
5. What’s Old is New Again
Brand-new albums by classic artists were abundant this month, including outings from electro-rockers New Order, ‘80s icon Adam Ant, and the 16th – whoa – 16th record from SoCal punkers Bad Religion. Nothing special about any of these, but must-listens for superfans.
Also out this month:
A$AP Rocky – “Long. Live. ASAP”
Yo La Tengo – “Fade”
The Blackout – “Start the Party”
Local Natives – “Hummingbird”
Ducktails – “Ducktails”