Music of 2013

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Compiled across the year, these are my favourite tracks from the albums I liked in 2013. They’re not ranked; just ordered to keep a nice flow between genres.

Artist Title
Psychic Darkside Golden Arrow
Cloud Room, Glass Room Pan-American Virginia Waveform
Live in Reykjavik, Iceland This Will Destroy You Communal Blood - Live
Memorial Russian Circles 1777
Forever Becoming Pelican Immutable Dusk
Les Revenants Soundtrack Mogwai The Huts
Hymn For the Greatest Generation Caspian Hymn For the Greatest Generation
Kveikur Sigur Rós Brennisteinn
Palms Palms Patagonia
Spiritoso Calexico Black Heart - Live with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg
Push the Sky Away Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds We Real Cool
Black Pudding Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood Pentacostal
Initiation ERAAS Splitting
Flourish // Perish Braids Ebben
Everlast Perera Elsewhere Giddy
EP2 FKA twigs How's That
Smilewound múm Toothwheels
Some Say I So I Say Light Ghostpoet Dial Tones
Images du Futur Suuns Minor Work
Obsidian Baths Earth Death
Tape Two Young Fathers Only Child
Gotham Cannibal Ox Gotham (Ox City)
Rap Album One Jonwayne Black Magic
Event II (Deluxe) Deltron 3030 The Return
Reach For The Dead Boards of Canada Reach For The Dead
Feast / Beast Amon Tobin Kitchen Sink (Clark Remix)
meadow:watt Kiln Moth and Moon
Tide Songs D33J Park (Tape Version)
Victim of Love Charles Bradley Love Bug Blues (feat. Menahan Street Band)
Dirty Word Dumpstaphunk Dirty Word (feat. Ani DiFranco)
Wise Up Ghost (Deluxe) Elvis Costello And The Roots CINCO Minutos Con Vos
Magnetic Terence Blanchard Pet Step Sitter's Theme Song
Sketches of Ethiopia (Bonus Track Version) Mulatu Astatke Hager Fiker
Without A Net Wayne Shorter Zero Gravity to the 10th Power
Turquoise Blue Mitchell Tiger Lily
Tabula Rasa Empirical Where Wisdom Is Found
Live With Britten Sinfonia Jaga Jazzist Prungen
Fuzz Fuzz Earthen Gate
Oddfellows Tomahawk Waratorium
Earth Rocker Clutch D.C. Sound Attack!
Razed To The Ground Pinkish Black Razed to the Ground
Dead Ends Shroud Eater Lord of the Sword
...Like Clockwork Queens of the Stone Age I Appear Missing
The Terror The Flaming Lips Try To Explain

Surprise

Perera Elsewhere was an artist recommended to me by Spotify, most likely because ‘Giddy’ features Gonjasufi. I’ve really enjoyed this album and been compelled to come back to it repeatedly.

Disappointment

Palms. I loved ISIS and I like Deftones for the most part but this collaboration did very little for me unfortunately. It’s possible that the anticipation raised my expectations to unrealistic levels, so I wouldn’t say it’s a bad album as such. It passes you by with very little to make you sit up and pay attention and the mix sounds a bit odd to my ears. A lot of top end with the muted low end making the guitars seem a little impotent.