With music mags and blogs rounding up 2013 with their top 10s and top 100s, I figured I'll have my very own. This year has been filled with amazing music and I couldn't be any happier. Without further ado, my top ten albums of 2013:
10. "Reflektor" - Arcade Fire
9. "Hummingbird" - Local Natives
8. "Trouble Will Find Me" - The National
7. "Days Are Gone" - HAIM
6. "Miracle Mile" - STRFKR
5. "Holy Fire" - Foals
4. "Limits of Desire" - Small Black
3. "Clash the Truth" - Beach Fossils
2. "If You Leave" - Daughter
1. "Paracosm" - Washed Out
This year, I found myself listening to a lot more soothing "chillwave" and lo-fi jams that just makes me feel like a good ol' happy soul, and so, Washed Out, Beach Fossils, and Small Black's 2013 releases were definitely highlights of my year. Nonetheless, I always find myself going back to Daughter's "If You Leave" for it's beautiful instrumentals and raw lyrics. Along with "If You Leave", The National's "Trouble Will Find Me" and Local Native's "Hummingbird", both fall into the same category. As for the releases by Foals, HAIM, STRFKR, and Arcade Fire, I would often find myself foot tapping, head bopping, and just plain grooving out immediately. If you want something upbeat and fun, those four albums would be the ones to go to.
There are four albums, however, that deserve to be mentioned as they were my daily jams for quite a bit (but just didn't quite make it to the list): "Modern Vampires of the City" by Vampire Weekend, "Bad Blood" by Bastille, "Pure Heroine" by Lorde, and "The Bones of What You Believe" by CHVRCHES. As for new favourites, around a month ago, I started listening to London Grammar and Braids, two bands that also came out with rather beautiful albums this year. Needless to say, my iTunes is happy. I'm certainly looking forward to 2014 as I anticipate Bombay Bicycle Club's 4th studio album, "So Long, See You Tomorrow." It's surely going to be one of my new favourites.