Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Top 20 'Major' Releases of 2013 ... 10 - 1

Here are my fave 10 'major' releases of 2013 ...

Please note: Major artists = the ones with significant following or label backing.


10. "Oblivion Hymns" by Hammock

Simply sublime post-rock ambience from a band at the top of their game. I *want* this album on vinyl.


9. "No Better Time Than Now" by Shigeto

Rhythmic future-jazz from the Ghostly International stable ... an upbeat uplifting joy from start to finish.


8. "Innocents" by Moby

I love Moby and welcome any music from him ... I particularly like it when he collaborates, as he has done here, with excellent vocalists.


7. "I Am Mountain" by Gungor

Liturgical post-rock that simply astounds me at every turn. I wish more faith-based music was *this* good.


6. "Wild Light" by 65daysofstatic

One of the most innovative albums I heard in 2013 ... a pleasure from start to finish from a band taking post-rock in new and interesting directions.


5. "Amok" by Atoms For Peace

Thom Yorke. Flea. Nigel Godrich. Need I say more? Oh OK ... Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco too.


Joint 3rd. "Tomorrow's Harvest" by Boards of Canada

An electronic delight from start to finish ... AND the first CD I ever bought in Rough Trade East. It delivers something new with each listen.


Joint 3rd. "Kveikur" by Sigur Rós

Demonstrates Kjartan Sveinsson's departure did not affect the band's ability to deliver truly exceptional soundscapes. This was the second CD I ever bought in Rough Trade East.


2. "Immunity" by Jon Hopkins

My favourite major electronic release of 2013 ... an album that moves my head and my heart ... truly superb production. His soundtrack for "How I Live Now" was a pleasure too.


1. "The Invisible Way" by Low

My favourite 'major' release of 2013 ... I got my copy of this slow-core masterpiece in Jumbo Records when in Leeds. It is an exceptionally beautiful work that sounds both fresh and familiar with each listen.


Worthy of Note

"Shulamith" by Poliça

Exceptional alternative synth-pop from the darlings of Radio 6 Music. "Chain Your Name" is possibly *the* song of 2013 for me ... but as I downloaded this album in 2014, it's not really fair to include in my list of faves from 2014.


What 'majors' did you rate?


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