Music

Top 10 Albums of 2013

by Evan Miller

10. This Is My Suitcase – In The Wake of Atrophy: A Poignant Album for Homesick Humans

9. Yvette – Process

8. Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth

7. Beyoncé – Beyoncé

6. Danny Brown – Old

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5. Julia Brown – To Be Close To You

-The newest project from Maryland musician Sam Ray (of Teen Suicide and Ricky Eat Acid indie-fame) lessens the punk vibes from Teen Suicide and channels the pop sensibilities hard to create a wonderful lo-fi indie-pop tape. Recorded directly to cassette (like many of Ray’s outings), the album is arguably the way indie-pop is meant to be heard, tape hiss and all.

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4. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

-The fourth LP from this Swedish brother-sister electronic duo is a monster of a listen, varying between long drone tracks and dense, frantic synthpop, but the time spent is worth it. The very political album, inspired by the duo’s recent dives into feminism, gender studies, queer theory, and global commercialism, and the wealth of sounds within make for a challenging but rewarding listen.

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3. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat

-Released five years after her brilliant Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill, this year Liz Harris brought forth another album full of tape-blurred ambient drones and acoustic folk washes recorded in the same session as its predecessor. Beautifully woeful, this is an album perfect for those sad, lonely nights, and one that literally brought me to tears.

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2. My Bloody Valentine – MBV

-After 23 years, the seminal shoegaze band’s long-awaited third LP did not disappoint. Kevin Shields, ever the perfectionist, displayed solidly that while many bands can imitate his sound, nobody can do it better than the originators. Picking up right where the monumental Loveless left off, this is an absolute must-listen from this past year.

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1. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

-The latest album from Brooklyn electronic musician Daniel Lopatin under the Oneohtrix moniker is one of beautiful warmth and bleak crispness, inspired just as much by classical minimalism as it is by kitschy synth tones. The album takes the best of Lopatin’s sampling ventures and analog synth drones and pulses he began with to create an album of constant new discovery and fascination that I returned to many times throughout the year.

Top 5 EPs of 2013:

1. Perfect Pussy – I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling
2. Sleep Fleet – Hudson & High
3. LVL UP – Extra Worlds
4. Whirr – Around
5. Speaking Suns – Part One

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