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