The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #31 – Mystic Braves

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 of 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: Mystic Braves

WHAT: Mystic Braves

WHEN: February 2013

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: There’s something cinematic about Mystic Braves (formerly known as Blackfeet Braves), and something that feels delightfully more than a little offbeat. The scene is Los Angeles, who knows when, the colors of the sky oversaturated, and they don’t know where the road leads them. A little bit of spaghetti western psych and some sassy, kooky jangle creep in around each curve, and the result is wacky and wonderful. “I put a spell on you/you put a curse on me,” they sing, and the former is certainly true. An interesting listen, make no mistake.

MY JAMS: “Mystic Rabbit” “Open Up Your Heart” “Misery Loves Company” “Cloud 9” “Strange Lovers” “High And Dry”

[posted 3.15.14]


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