Friday, January 3, 2014 Leave a Comment
There are many that herald dark days ahead for music. With an ever increasing ratio of label-produced disposable pop trash and music sold on the shock value of its artist’s on-and-off screen antics alone, it’s no wonder such predictions are rampant.
With the growing popularity of iTunes and other avenues of downloading music track by track (both legal and illegal), and the increasing use of streaming services such as Spotify, there is certainly little doubt that the way we consume music has changed forever. There are some that say albums as we know them will go the way of the dinosaurs within a number of years. I for one would like to think that this will not be the case. For amidst the increasing barrage of one-hit wonders and musical wannabes we’ll struggle to remember in a few years time, there remains plenty of passionate entertainers- those not afraid to push the boundaries of musical creativity to produce their artistic visions. It is the albums produced by these “true” musicians that will stand the test of time, remaining akin to literary masterpieces… lyrical storybooks made to enjoy from cover to cover, embedding themselves into the veritable social ethos for their legions of fans.
In 2013, these were the albums (in no particular order) that seduced me to listen to them from start to finish…. again, and again, and again…..
London Grammar- If You Wait: I can’t believe the wave of serenity that this album always manages to wash over me. Whether it’s a quiet and lazy Sunday morning, or a release from a stressful week, this has been my go to album to restore my inner-chi during 2013.
RÜFÜS- Atlas: The debut album from this Sydney-based indie dance 3-piece is truly phenomenal. Ebbing and flowing between dreamy and energetic electro-beats, these guys easily topped my list for best Australian album of 2013.
Arctic Monkeys- AM: Reviewed in full here, this album has been tested at all volume levels in both my home and car and it has been ascertained that it absolutely needs to be played LOUD!
Foals- Holy Fire: I came to truly appreciate this album after seeing Foals live back in September, so I was a little late off the mark, but figure I have well and truly made up for it with the frequency of album playback since that time.
Rudimental- Home: This is one of those albums that has just gotten better and better with every listen for me. No mean feat considering that it blew me away from the beginning.
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City: Like the Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend are a contemporary band at the top of their game right now. With music the likes of what they give us on this album, it’s no wonder why. So easy to listen to, it’s instantly likeable and another album that continues to get better with subsequent listening.
Disclosure- Settle: Another debut album, this time from two young English brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence. With so many hits on this album, it’s hard to know how they’ll top it with future releases, but I certainly look forward to hearing what they’ve got in store for us next!
Jake Bugg- Shangri-la: At only 20 years of age, Jake Bugg is producing some top quality music. Shangri-la is his second album in as many years, and its stylings clearly reflect some of his musical influences, including the likes of Neil Young and Oasis.
Other albums I’ve enjoyed during 2013:
Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
Sigur Ross: Kveikur
Queens of the Stone Age: …Like ClockworkHaim: Days Are Gone
Autre Ne Veut: Anxiety
So there you have it. Make sure you check these albums out if you haven’t yet. What have been your favourite albums for 2013? Let me know by commenting below….