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Top 13 from '13

January 15, 2014

Contributed by Brad Fuller

Towards the end of 2013, I wrote an end of the year music list and realized that I didn't share it here. So, here it is. Hope everyone's semester is starting out well!  

 

It’s that time of the year again; the semester has come to an end, the holiday season is upon us, and end of the year music lists. If you have followed this blog for the past few years, you may remember my lists from 2012 and 2011. If not, you can probably find them in the archives. 2013 was a busy year for me, so I only consumed around 50 albums and spent significant time with 25-30 of them. However, I feel this is enough to give a quality top 13 albums from ’13 that you definitely should not have missed. As always, feel free to contact me at bfuller@wilmington.edu or check out my last.fm at www.last.fm/user/bfuller92.

[13] Kanye West – Yeesus

Even though Kanye cancelled on Columbus because his set got destroyed or w/e I still think he is a piece of strange modern art in human form that everyone misunderstands.

[12] Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Who doesn’t love Daft Punk?

[11] DARKSIDE – Psychic

I bet their Halloween show in Paris was amazingly creepy and fun

[10] Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

It seems to me that there has been a huge lack of new releases in the folk scene recently, but this one definitely does not disappoint

[9] The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

I’m still waiting for them to come to the U.S. (the opening track Tooth for an Eye is my favorite track from the year btw :o)

[8] Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother

When you go to a show, usually the opener doesn’t have the whole crowd in silence amazed by the sound (unless its Sarah Neufeld, violinist of Arcade Fire who now does solo work).

[7] The Weeknd – Kiss Land

A lot of people criticized The Weeknd for Kiss Land, but honestly I liked it better than any of the parts of The Trilogy

[6] Tim Hecker – Virgins

This is ambient artist Tim Hecker’s best work since he released Harmony in Ultraviolet in 2006.

[5] Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Too long, too boring, too disco, too strange, too much James Murphy, too little insight, too different… the list goes on but I still love Arcade Fire and have tickets to their Louisville show in March!

[4] Disclosure – Settle

So much hype, so much groove, so few disclosure shows near Ohio :(

[3] Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light

I saw Colin Stetson live in Cincinnati back in April and it was the most incredible sound I have ever heard; Solo bass saxophone played using circular breathing.

[2] Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

It may have something to do with the fact that I’m moving there in May, but I have been obsessed with New York City-based artists this year; This just happens to be the best album to come out of NYC this year.

[1] Burial – Rival Dealer

If you don’t know anything about Burial, you probably know just as much as those of us that know a lot about Burial. He has been releasing tunes for around a decade, but only in 2008 did he upload a picture of himself to his Myspace (yes, Myspace) after speculations of the anonymous act being compiled by other various musicians. For the past few years, Burial has been releasing spectacular EPs in December; his last full length, Untrue, was released in 2008. This EP is drastically different than previous Burial releases, but it still “sounds like Burial”. He claimed that he wanted the tunes to have an anti-bullying theme and hoped that they could help someone that is going through a rough time in their life. The looped vocal samples bring light to controversial sexual and social issues of the 21st century and the ambience makes the listener question the artist’s intent and personal story. As in previous Burial releases, the looped vocal samples are slightly androgynous and neutral, yet this release focuses more on the vocals and less on musical texture. The EP is a journey unlike Burial has ever taken us on before, and if you only listen to one new release from this year, make it this one.

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