The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #35 – Day Ravies

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: Day Ravies

WHAT: Tussle

WHEN: October 2013

WHERE: Popfrenzy

WHY: From a nomenclature standpoint, it was love at first sight. Sonically, it took me approximately fifty-four seconds to fall in love with Aussies Day Ravies. Tussle is a fantastic record, tying wispy wafts of shoegaze with some gritty but pretty pop moments, with some songs like “Pinky” and “Jasmine” going more in for straight on fuzzy rock and roll, given the sweetest of edges with some candy-coated girl vocals. There’s some songs here that could be straight out of a John Hughes flick (“Steeple Walk,” “I Don’t Mind,” “Picking Up”), and disarming precociousness abounds, even in the most raucous explosions. A truly delightful little LP.

MY JAMS: “Leaky Tin” “Pinky” “Jasmine” “Steeple Walk” “I Don’t Mind” “Reality School” “Staring Is Caring” “Picking Up”

[posted 3.2.14]


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