Albums I've been loving recently:
Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty
Really nice goth rock that hits that sweet-spot between making you feel miserable and making you feel elated. Her previous efforts get mixed reactions from most people, but I think that even if you've been put off her music that you should give this one a shot anyways--you may be pleasantly surprised.
Gorguts: Colored Sands
Gorguts is back! And just as good as ever! What else do I need to say? If you love technical death metal (and don't mind being surprised!), then you've probably already snatched it up.
Julia Holter: Loud City Song
Julia Holter is unstoppable. Even as she moves away from the slightly off-kilter flavors that originally made her so intriguing she continues to get better and better with each album, and she was already a helluva listen in the first place. Beautiful voice, great musical compositions. Endlessly listenable. Might be the pop album of the year for me--we'll see how I feel after I give Monae's newest a few more spins....
Kayo Dot: Hubardo
I cannot get this album out of my head. I find myself thinking about it when I'm not listening to it. And when I'm listening to it, I find it difficult to do anything else other than to just bask in its dark light. Is it just me or has this been a damn fine year for metal?
Edit: I don't mean to shoehorn Kayo Dot's stuff into a generic 'metal' label. God knows they've stuck their fingers into pretty much everything over the years--in this case you'll also get generous helpings of out-there prog wankery and beautiful jazz.
Edited by metalsonata - 9/8/13 at 12:27pm