Right, so January is over and done with, and it’s time to get back into the usual music industry swing of things (at least until everyone goes to get wankered at SXSW, anyway.) There are plenty of decent records to be heard in February 2013, so without further ado, here is our regular monthly roundup of the albums we reckon are going to be worth hearing over the next four weeks, from brainy electronica to decidedly brainless sea shanties, with a whole bunch of other stuff in between. If there’s anything we missed, do feel free to take to the comments section and let us know!
Grouper — The Man Who Died in His Boat (February 5)
We’ve had this on high rotation for a couple of weeks already — in fact, it’s playing as we write this very feature. The songs here date from the same era as Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, and it shows — there’s nothing to rival “Heavy Water (I’d Rather Be Sleeping),” the moment where Liz Harris’s talent for atmospherics met with her oft-suppressed talent for writing perfect pop songs, but there’s still plenty of reverb-laden melancholy for a post-Sleep No More Friday morning.