Big Star’s “Thirteen” is one of the prettiest and most tender compositions in pop history. Rolling Stone put the version the band recorded for their ironically entitled 1972 LP #1 Album at No. 406 on their list of the best 500 songs ever, but if they were ranking them by their ability to evoke a uniquely sweet and nostalgic flavor of heartache, it would easily take the No. 1 spot.
Philly indie outfit Seagulls, who intriguingly combine folky textures and electronic sounds, tackled the song during the recording session in a secluded West Virginia cabin that produced their upcoming LP Great Pine, due out in February on Yellow K Records. Their version wisely sticks close to Big Star’s version, and like the original, it’ll get you right in the feels.