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  • 2013 in music: My favorite releases

    Dic 6 2013, 13:24

    To me, 2013 has been a year of discovery. The year of discovering the beautiful post-rock genre, and the amazing artists that once created it. The year of downtempo electronica, chillout and trip-hop. It still baffles me how many amazing artists are out there, and how many I got to discover in just a year. The realization that there are probably so many more unique artists and genres to be discovered, is something that never fails to put a smile on my face. Here's to 2014, and whatever it may bring.

    These are the highlights of my favorite 2013 releases:

    1


    Arcade Fire - Reflektor

    Arcade Fire is one of my favorite bands of the moment, and Funeral is, by far, my all-time favorite album. Their music is catchy at one hand, beautiful on the other, but it’s the powerful lyrics and the conception of their albums that really appeal to me. Songs like Neighborhood #3 and Wake Up really get to me personally. Reflektor is something completely different, while still maintaining this sense of conception and meaning that, in my opinion, is what defines Arcade Fire. I first heard the title track while I was travelling by train, and it just made me want to stand up and dance like no one was looking, great stuff! But it was after the first time listening to the full album, with the right mindset, that I realized how amazing this album really is. Every single track on the album is beautiful in its own way. The best thing about Reflektor is the huge contrast, but also the harmony between disc 1 and disc 2. Reflektor is, without doubt, the most ambitious and exciting album I’ve heard this year.



    2


    Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

    Never before have I been this stoked for an album release. Porcupine Tree quickly grew to become one of my favorite all-time bands, but I had only been listening to Steven Wilson's solo work for about half a year when the first news about the upcoming album was released. A couple of weeks later, Steven uploaded some teasers on YouTube and it immediately got to me. I must have been listening to these teaser vids for at least a hundred times! Two weeks prior to the official album release, it got leaked to the internet and I have never been more tempted to download a leaked copy of an album. Luckily, I managed to get myself together and I only started listening once the (beautiful) deluxe edition got delivered to my house. Progressive rock à la "In the Court of the Crimson King". I absolutely love this album, and it immediately grabs my full attention as soon as it starts playing, and only lets go after the perfect outro of the last track finished playing.



    3


    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

    A dear friend of mine once made the remark that the songs on this album sound "rich", and I can't possibly think of a better way to describe this album. I fell in love with this album at the first listen (hell, even before it got released. All aboard the hype-train!), but after a few more I started noticing all these beautiful little details. Soft guitar riffs, barely noticable chimes and noises on the background, things like that. This isn't just the perfect "good vibes" summer album, it's also one of the best recorded and produced albums I've ever heard. To me, this album feels like the anthem of my summer of 2013. When listening, it brings me back to a beautiful period of my life, filled with red wine, sun, music, life-changing experiences and probably the dearest friends I will ever know.


    4


    Atoms for Peace - Amok


    5


    Bonobo - The North Borders


    6


    The National - Trouble Will Find Me


    7


    Arctic Monkeys - AM


    8


    Agnes Obel - Aventine


    9


    Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest



    10


    The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, If Ever