Monday, January 20, 2014

My Top 20 'Major' Releases of 2013 ... 20 - 11



A wee while back I listed my Top 30 'independent' releases of 2013 ... the list did not contain major artists - the ones with significant following or label backing - and so I thought I'd list my fave 20 major releases.

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20. "Child Bride" by Hannah Cohen

Delightfully folky and relaxed singer-songwriter acoustic sounds from the Bella Union label.

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19. "Woman" by Rhye

Sensual future-soul ... a modern-day Sade for lovers everywhere.

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18. "If You Leave" by Daughter

Inspired indie rock from the new face of 4AD.

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17. "The Next Day" by David Bowie

As return to form and a return to our consciousness for one of the most fascinating and enduring artists of now ... with an approach to release and album cover that sparked debate.

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16. "For Now I Am Winter" by Ólafur Arnalds

Engaging neoclassical soundscapes with an electronic twist from the Erased Tapes stable.

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15. "Oblivion OST" by M83 aka Anthony Gonzalez.

An enjoyable soundtrack to a rather fab film ... even with Tom Cruise in the starring role.

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14. "Absence" by Gargle & Bosques de mi Mente

Utterly engaging neo-classical soundscapes from the Fluttery label.

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13. "Pick a Piper" by Pick a Piper

Swirling psychedelic indietronica from Caribou's live-set drummer.

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12. "Les Revenants OST" by Mogwai

A truly eerie soundtrack to a truly eerie TV show ... utterly brilliant.

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11. "Lanterns" by Son Lux

Wonderfully progressive electronica for cold mornings and damp days.

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More tomorrow ...

Tx
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