Today we look back at six albums from 2013 that didn't seem to generate the attention they deserved.
1. Pretty and Nice: "Golden Rules for Golden People"
Who are these guys? The freak descendants of the Kinks? The twitchy spawn of XTC? The weirdo cousins of Vampire Weekend? And the bigger mystery: Why didn't everyone spend 2013 talking about their brilliant pinball machine of a power-pop album? "Golden Rules for Golden People" is fast, frantic, inventive and melodic enough to demand our attention through every zig, zag and loop-de-loop.
2. Arca: "&&&&&"
Alejandro Ghersi — a Venezuela native who produces mutated hip-hop tracks as Arca — made his name in 2013 as a producer on Kanye West's "Yeezus." But Ghersi's most pupil-dilating music emerged in a maniac 25-minute burst on SoundCloud, inscrutably titled "&&&&&." Bass melodies contort at the center of this music, but the guy pulls off some surreal tricks with tempo, utilizing brittle clicks that surge and decelerate like a melting Swatch.