The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #42 – Jagwar Ma

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Jagwar Ma

WHAT: Howlin

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Mom & Pop Music

WHY: Deliciously out there, fantastically phantasmagorical, and intriguingly obtuse. And that’s only just scratching the surface of Jagwar Ma’s Howlin. Full of beaty, kooky psychedelic tropicalia blues, Howlin is a veritable feast of sound. Some songs might have been played during the Madchester glory days of the Hacienda (“Uncertainty,” in particular), while others (ok, most of them) are pure psych-coated hodgepodges, occasionally peppered with extra beats or 60s girl group shimmy for good measure (see: “That Loneliness”). A heck of a listen by these Aussies, and very much recommended.

MY JAMS: “The Throw” “That Loneliness” “Come Save Me” “Let Her Go” “Man I Need”

[posted 2.25.14]


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