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.


20. "Child Bride" by Hannah Cohen

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


19. "Woman" by Rhye

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


18. "If You Leave" by Daughter

Inspired indie rock from the new face of 4AD.


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.


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

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


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

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


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

Utterly engaging neo-classical soundscapes from the Fluttery label.


13. "Pick a Piper" by Pick a Piper

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


12. "Les Revenants OST" by Mogwai

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


11. "Lanterns" by Son Lux

Wonderfully progressive electronica for cold mornings and damp days.


More tomorrow ...


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