Favourite Albums of 2013 (25 – 1)

#25 Dick Diver – Calendar Days (Chapter Music)

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Song Highlights – Water Damage, Alice, Lime Green Shirt

Copping many comparison to Australian music legends the Go-Betweens,. Calendar Days surely sets them apart from any artist recording music today. A breath of fresh air.

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#24 Anna Calvi – One Breath (Domino)

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Song Highlights – Suddenly, Eliza, Piece by Piece

Easily one of my most favourite female artists. Her second set of songs doesn’t disappoint.

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#23 Blondes – Swisher (RVNG Intl.)

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Song Highlights – Bora Bora, Andrew

Easily some of the most engaging electronic tracks you’d hear all year

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#22 Forest Swords – Engravings (Tri Angle Records)

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Song Highlights – Ljoss, Thor’s Stone, The Weight of Gold

Another set of 2013s best electronic tunes on offer

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#21 The Drones – I See Seaweed (Self-Released)

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Song Highlights – I See Seaweed, How to See Through Fog,  A Moat You Can Stand In

One of the Country’s best bands turns in what could be their best effort yet.

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#20 Sigur Ros –  Kveikur (XL Recordings)

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Song Highlights – Brennisteinn, Kevikur, Isjaki

Last album was a misstep, now down a member but back to searing form.

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#19 These New Puritans – Field of Reeds (Infectious Music)

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Song Highlights – V (Island Song), Organ Eternal

Creative vision here is flawless, my first real flirtation with TNP, what a great ride.

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#18 The Men – New Moon (Sacred Bones)

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Song Highlights – I Saw Her Face, Without a Face, Half Angel Half Light

This Brooklyn rock band continue from strength to strength.

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#17 Blue Hawaii – Untogether (Arbutus)

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Song Highlights – Sweet Tooth, Sierra Lift

Doesn’t get much better than this in terms of perfectly constructed pop songcraft.

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#16 Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo – Prince Avalanche OST (Temporary Residence)

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Song Highlights – Send Off, Can’t We Just Listen to the Silence, Hello is this Your House?

Texas post-rock quartet bring the goods to yet another fantastic soundtrack.

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#15  James Holden – The Inheritors (Border Community)

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Song Highlights – Renata, A Circle Inside a Circle, Caterpillars Intervention

Completely Mesmerising

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#14 Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Columbia)

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Song Highlights – Satellite, Copy of A, All Time Low, Find My Way

What a return to the limelight for Mr Reznor. Building on his work on OST’s and with Atticus Ross and his wife of How to Destroy Angels, it was all just leading to this moment, and boy does it fire on all cylinders.

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#13 Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

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Song Highlights – KV Crimes, Snowflakes are Dancing, Never Run Away

A more jammier version of his previous efforts, it gets better every time.

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#12
Braids – Flourish // Perish ( Arbutus)

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Song Highlights – December, Freund, In Kind

Delicately layered and thought out, a record that will reveal something new each listen. A beautiful voice with percussion to match.

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#11 Julia Holter – Loud City Song – (Domino)

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Song Highlights – Maxim’s 1, Horns Surrounding Me, In the Green Wild

An Absolutely stunning record in every way conceivable

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#10 Harper Simon – Division Street (PIAS Recordings)

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Song Highlights – Bonnie Brae, Division St, Just Like St Teresa.

A wonderful singer songwriter record, a good attempt at trying to step out of his fathers shadow.

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#9 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd)

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Song Highlights – Jubilee Street, Waters Edge, Push the Sky Away, Higgs Boson Blues, Wide Lovely Eyes

The Bad Seeds can do no wrong, and as a good friend said to me “This is Mr Warren Ellis’s watershed” to that notion I agree. There’s not a bad moment here. Dark and Sombre, that’s the way we like it.

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#8 My Bloody Valentine – MBV (m b v)

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Song Highlights – New You, Who Sees You, If This and Yes

Holy shit, can My Bloody Valentine ever live up to the masterpiece that way Loveless? Well I happen to think their 1st effort was just as good. So thus proves 3rd lucky and several years later, Kevin Shields and the gang are just as good as ever.

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#7 Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador)

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Song Highlights – Vampyre of Time and Memory, I Appear Missing, If I Had a Tail, Smooth Sailing

Easily the surprise delight of the year. I didn’t expect much from this album, boy was I mistaken, Josh Homme puts together the best rock album of the year.

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#6 Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum Records)

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Song Highlights – Mute, Pelican Man, Dropla, Attic Doctor

Trevor Powers blends pop and psychedelia in the most wonderful way.

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#5 William Tyler – Impossible Truth (Merge)

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Song Highlights – Nah, impossible task really.

William Tyler is one of the best guitar players I’ll ever see in live performance. The story teller gives a bit of incite to the inner workings of his mind and how his process works. Words are unnecessary when they are painted in every finger pick and guitar stroke.

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#4 Boards of Canada – Tomorrows Harvest (Warp)

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Song Highlights – Reach for the Dead, Cold Earth, Nothing is Real

Welcome back.

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#3 Jon Hopkins – Immunity (Domino)

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Song Highlights – We Disappear, Collider

It was Jon Hopkins who set the tone for my year in music, This effort is one of the finest electronic albums i’ll probably ever set my ears too.

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#2 Factory Floor – Factory Floor (DFA)

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Song Highlights – Turn it Up, Here Again, Fall Back.

Critics everywhere panned it for the lack of energy and emergency of previous material. I can understand that to a point, but in all its infectious glory. What a ride, which gets better and better every time.

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#1  Burial – Truant/Rough Sleeper (Hyperdub)

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Look at this Jerk, listing one of two number ones of 2013. It’s with great disappointment that I will regard this release to it’s proper year of 2012. Having said that, it was released very very late in the year and was first reviewed in early 2013. This E.P clocks in just over 25 minutes and provided me with the soundtrack of 2013. So yeah this doesn’t really count but it was easily the best thing I heard in 2013.

#1 Flaming Lips – The Terror (Warner Bros)

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Song Highlights – You Lust, The Terror, Always There…In Our Hearts

Oh man, the reviews were savage, but I was enthralled from the very first listen. The Flaming Lips kill it on their latest effort. It’s raw, experimental, electronic, hypnotic and at times rocking. To me the complete album of 2013 falls in the hands of Mr Wayne Coyne. Thanks for the trip, man.

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