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Atomic's Top 10 Songs Of 2013

So far, so good. My top 10 songs of the year so far as ranked by my personal enjoyment of them.
1Haken
The Mountain


"Cockroach King" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjrcXCAeNe4 The quirk and grand prog flair that I've been missing and craving for quite some time. Pomp and circumstance that are self-warranting and as beautiful as it is strange. I have nothing but love for this album and this song stands out as my favorite for the year.
2Damascus
Heights


"Come to Light" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku_XpO4vdf0 Hot on the heals of a great outing in previous album Of Whom I Always Think, Damascus continued to innovate and shock with album opener "Come to Light" on their newest album Heights. Embodying all that the light and shadows of post-rock can show us, the track seamlessly moves between weighty lows and chime-like highs and keys that coast and flow through an 8 minute journey of everything positive post-rock has to offer.
3The Darien Venture
A Kite, A Key and A Storm


"Ho! Criminal Face" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JofVEBrxiEc The energetic, provocative, and evocative nature of The Darien Venture's "math pop" performance throughout A Kite, A Key and A Storm make it an album full of hits I enjoy from cover to cover, with "Ho! Criminal Face" being on of the most catchy and interesting songs I've had the pleasure of singing along with this year.
4Streetlight Manifesto
The Hands That Thieve


"Toe to Toe" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdgGE_VBomg Inspirational, fun, fluid, and full of varying sounds from every corner of the septet from low brass to soft, groovy drumming, "Toe to Toe" is the pinnacle of soft highs and aggressive lows that showcases Streetlight Manifesto's musical maturation.
5Mountain Animation
Lava Letter


"Survey Survive" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJyBJ75XmQ Frantic banjo and fiddle folk rock that carries a steep and aggressive downhill motion with clever and modern lyrics set to crooning and cracking mountainman folk vocals. Some of the most beautiful and chilling combinations of lyrics and music have come from this album that not too many have heard.
6 Leafhouse
Leafhouse EP


"Dreaming in Space" http://leafhouseband.bandcamp.com/track/dreaming-in-space Jash did it again with Leafhouse, yet it somehow managed to fly below the radar significantly more than iNTRiKeT. It was hard to pick a specific song from this album, but I find the repeated, dreamy echoes of "Everytime I see you I know instantly I'm dreaming" have haunted me in the most positive way since first listening to this album in June
7The Dear Hunter
Migrant


"An Escape" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shaHdcVzwH8 A song of self-reflecting introversion and eventual moving on, as with the most of Migrant, this is a track that was very symbolic of just under the first half of my personal 2013. "An Escape" throws the hardest punch of the album's tracks and is also its catchiest, making it another instant favorite for me.
8Chris Schlarb
Psychic Temple II


"Seventh House" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q82zWCSIZ10 Bizarre vocals are the perfect compliment for the bizarre jazz of trucker-by-day- musician-by-night Chris Schlarb and the airy spirit of freshness that is Psychic Temple II. The harmonies and bright and punchy strumming combine with the early rising Eastern moans and late stutters of this track to make it an easy standout.
9Disperse
Living Mirrors


"Dancing With Endless Love" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8NZm6D-N18 Despite my disappointment in sophomore album Living Mirrors' failure to live up to the band's fluid, beautiful, and transcendental debut, Journey Through The Hidden Garden (the overuse of the heavy djent tone on Living Mirrors as a whole is appalling), "Dancing With Endless Love" was the one track that caught my ear and pulled me into listening to this album over and over for redemption. If they'd only continued with this direction instead of chomping on the low end like rabid dogs.
10Big D and the Kids Table
Stomp


"Pinball" While Stroll brought back the energy and strut of my favorite Big D outing, Fluent in Stroll, "Pinball" easily fits the same mold as "Shining On" in creating a light, fun, boppy mood with fun lyrics and a simple and breezy attitude.
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