#50 Palms – Palms (Ipecac)
Song Highlights – Mission Sunset, Future Warrior
Sensational record from the former members of Isis and Mr Chino Moreno.
#49 Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs – Clarietta (Heavenly Recordings)
Song Highlights – Things We Be, Clarinet
A nice mix of post punk niceties exchanged all over, but where’s the reception?
#48 Tim Hecker – Virgins (Kranky)
Song Highlights: Listen from front to back
Mysterious and Awe Inspiring
#47 Paul McCartney – New (Virgin EMI Records)
Song Highlights: Queenie Eye, New, Appreciate
A nice return to form.
#46 Arctic Monkeys – AM (Domino)
Song Highlights – R U Mine?, Arabella, Snap out of it
Arguably their best release. Clear signs of a young band maturing.
#45 Deerhunter – Monomania (4AD)
Song Hightlights – Leather Jacket 2, The Missing
Cox brings back the raw energy
#44 Beaches – She Beats (Chapter Music)
Song Highlights – Out of Mind, Dune, The Good Comet Returns
One of the better gazy releases in 2013 from the Melbourne band.
#43 Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)
Song Highlights – People of the Sticks, And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold, Colour Yr Lights In
Another fine outing from the Canadian Band
#42 Marnie Stern – The Chronicles of Marnia (Kill Rock Stars)
Guitar Goddess unsurprisingly brings the goods! More razor sharp then ever before.
#41 Wavves – Afraid of Heights (Mom + Pop Music)
Song Highlights – Demon to Lean On, That’s On Me, I Can’t Dream
A surprisingly fresh dosage of garage rock bliss
#40 Steve Mason – Monkey Minds In the Devils Time (Double Six)
Song Highlights – Lie Awake, Lonely, Seen It All Before
Former Beta Band frontman, brings us nothing but quality
#39 No Joy – Wait to Pleasure (Mexican Summer)
A welcome surprise of 2013, they have the sound and tunes to match.
#38 Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return (Carpark)
Song Highlights – Harm in Change, Rose Quartz, Cola
Outstanding pop album, not a bad idea here.
#37 Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
A perfect cocktail of the past delivered to our doorsteps in 2013.
#36 Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe (Dead Oceans Records)
Song Highlights – Listen from front to back
Glorious Piece of Work, Best heard in a Church.
#35 James Blake – Overgrown (Polydor)
Song Highlights – Overgrown, Life Round Here, Digital Lion
Huge improvement on his first outing for me
#34 Ty Segall – Sleeper (Drag City)
Song Highlights – The Keepers, She Don’t Care, Come Outside
Ty Segall changes it up form the electric guitar to the acoustic, nice touch.
#33 David Bowie – The Next Day (Columbia)
Song Highlights – Love is Lost, If You Can See Me, I’d Rather Be High
Effortlessly solid return from Bowie which no one expected
#32 Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus (ATP Recordings)
Song Highlights – Brainfreeze, Year of the Dog
More dark and enchanting sounds from the brit electronic duo provocateurs
#31 The Appleseed Cast – Illumination Ritual (Graveface)
Song Highlights – Simple Forms, 30 Degrees 3am
Not since 2006’s Peregrine have I thought much about the post-rock band, but here they are once again at the top of their game.
#30 Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)
Song Highlights – Flashbulb Eyes, Afterlife, Normal Person
Another solid release by the not so small Montreal band
#29 Atoms for Peace – AMOK (XL Recordings)
Song Highlights – Default, Dropped, Stuck Together Pieces
Another fine side project from the Radiohead frontman.
#28 The Field – Cupid’s Head (Kompakt)
Song Highlights – Listen from Back to Front
Nothing but class from the swedish electronic musician Axel Willner.
#27 Daughn Gibson – Me Moan (Sub Pop)
A nice follow-up from last years fantastic debut.
#26 John Green – Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union)
Song Highlights – Pale Green Ghosts, It Doesnt Matter to Him, You Don’t Have To, Sensitive New Age Guy, Ernest Borgnine
John Green releases his sophomore solo effort, and what an eclectic mix it is!