Courtney Barnett and Jagwar Ma top NME’s Best Albums of 2013
Barnett’s double EP A Sea Of Split Peas came in at #38 and Jagwar Ma’s Howlin at #16 on the music mag’s Best Albums list, which was topped by the Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and Queens of the Stone Age. Barnett fared even better on the Best Tracks list with her song ‘Avant Gardner’ cracking the top ten to place at #6, while Jagwar Ma’s ‘The Throw’ made the cut at #23 and Pond’s ‘Xanman’ made an appearance at #7. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ was named the overall Track of The Year.
NME described ‘Avant Gardner’ an “instant classic” and said that ‘The Throw’ stood out as Jagwar Ma’s “showstopping moment at this summer’s festivals.” However, they saved the best description of all for Pond’s Hobo Rocket cut ‘Xanman’, writing, “If Jesus Christ Superstar had been made entirely on prescription downers, it might’ve sounded like Pond’s psych-prog masterpiece.”
The love from NME tops off a successful year for both Jagwar Ma and Courtney Barnett, with Barnett in particular making huge inroads overseas in 2013. In October the 25-year-old Melbourne singer scored a Pitchfork “Rising Artist” feature, had her clip for ‘Avant Gardener’ premiered on Stereogum and The Guardian and played seven showcases at CMJ in New York including the coveted Pitchfork Party.