Sound of Summer 2013

sound of summer 2013

Earlier this week, we called Disclosure'sbrilliant debut album, Settle, the arrival of summer, and we're tempted to go ahead and chalk up the whole season to the brothers Lawrence. But we shouldn't forget superb spring holdovers Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend and Justin Timberlake (among others), whose recent albums are sure to be fixtures in the coming months.

What's so special about this summer isn't the number of big pop albums we're waiting to arrive, but rather the stunning lack of them. It seems that most – not all – of the albums we're most excited to actually be released this summer invite a sort of insular experience, the complete opposite most look for in the most congenial of seasons.

So this summer we'll be heading out to the beach or park to listen to our misanthropic rap, our experimental electronica, our impenetrably dense post rock, our amber-hued synth pop, our literary LA punk — and our AlunaGeorge. Best of all, no one is invited.

11 Braids - Flourish // PerishAugust 20


10 Sigur Rós - KveikurJune 18

sigur ros

09 David Lynch - The Big DreamJuly 16

David Lynch

08 Smith Westerns - Soft WillJune 25

smith westerns

07 Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's HarvestJune 11


06 Washed Out - ParacosmAugust 13

Washed Out Band Photo. Ernest Greene pictured.

05 POSTILJONEN - Skyer July 5


04 No Age - An ObjectAugust 20

no age

03 Fuck Buttons - Soft FocusJuly 23

fuck buttons

02 AlunaGeorge - Body MusicJuly 30

alunageorge body music

01 Kanye West - YeezusJune 18


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