Top 50 Albums of 2013 Part 1: Pop/Electronic

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look back on all the amazing music that has come out this year. Like the last couple of years we’ll put all our favorites by category and alphabetize them first, then do a top 25 ranking. So here is all our favorite pop/electronic albums of the year, alphabetically.

Akron/Family – Sub Verses

Beacon – The Ways We Seperate

The Besnard Lakes – Until Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Boats – A Fairway Full of Miners

Camp Counselors – Huntress

Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP

Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live

Helado Negro – Invisible Life

Indians – Somewhere Else

Jamaican Queens – Wormfood

Javelin – Hi Beams

Lorde – Pure Heroine

Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

Odesza – My Friends Never Die

Pacific Air – Stop Talking

Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides

Radiation City – Animals in the Median

Saint Rich – Beyond the Drone

Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now

Still Corners – Strange Pleasure

Teen Daze – Glacier

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We the Common

Typhoon – White Lighter

Washed Out – Paracosm

Wild Nothing – Empty Estate

Wild Ones – Keep It Safe

Young Galaxy – Ultramarine

Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

Majical Cloudz

The latest from Majical Cloudz is called Impersonator. The sophomoric full length from this Canadian duo is a beautiful combination of ambient and electronic music. Fronted by a power piercing tenor voice, Majical Cloudz don’t use any kind of drum beat until the third song “Childhood’s End.” The album starts off with title track, “Impersonator.” A drone-y type of track with with a cool vocal loop that tracks all the way to the end. “This Is Magic” is the second song on the album. It starts off similar, with what sounds like organ chords that eventually lead to a ethereal type of synthesizer that builds up with the vocals. My favorite track off Majical Cloudz’s Impersonator album has to be “Bugs Don’t Buzz.” The piano chords really hammer the song into your head, and with opening lyrics “The cheesiest songs all end with a smile. This song won’t end with a smile, my love.” You can’t help but smile and feel piano crush down on you. Pick up a copy of Impersonator and you won’t be disappointed.