my favorite albums of 2023
Radical Romantics - Fever Ray
Any year there’s a new album from Karin Dreijer is a good one. From The Knife to Fever Ray, they always deliver weirdly amazing electronic dance. This is what I spent a lot of time dancing at home to.
Gardening - Siv Jacobsen
On the other side of my jam spectrum is the downbeat “sad girl music” like this banger from Siv.
Fishbowl - Kate Davis
The album I sung along with the most this year. A constant companion on long bike rides.
Time Ain’t Accidental - Jess Williamson
This artist is friends of friends from back in Austin, but for some reason I’d mistakenly thought she was gay. This isn’t the straightest album ever, but it’s up there, while still being catchy as hell, and full of amazing vocal performance.
Eyes on the Bat - Palehound
Queer romance is hard. This was the soundtrack to considering dating and rides to and from therapy.
The Whaler - Home is Where
Emocore(?!) bop of the year.
Careful of Your Keepers - This is the Kit
Not quite peak sad girl music but up there.
Euphoric Recall - Braids
I saw Braids play a show in Austin at SXSW right when their first record dropped and before a few band member changes. The passion and lyricism is great.
the record - boygenius
I almost left this off, but it’s such a bop.
Javelin - Sufjan Stevens
He’d lost me for a few albums but shit, man, he’s back.
The Window - Ratboys
Indie meets country twang. Excellent
SOS - SZA
Her first album was a favorite, and there’s even more to love with her second
In the End it Always Does - The Japanese House
Dance till you drop.
My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross - ANOHI
She’s so good. The development of her style and music is something I’ve followed since the jump. Best trans woman musician?
Again - Onehtrix Point Never
More dance dance.
Sit Down for Dinner - Blonde Redhead
One of the best albums from Blonde Redhead in years. It reminded me why I love them.
Desolation’s Flower - Ragana
Ragana is still up there among my favorite metal bands, and this record captures the raw intensity of the duo well.
After the Magic - Paranoul
Korean indie jams show that whether or not K-Pop is your thing, Korean music is worth listening to.