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JT's 2013 List: Top 50

My favourite releases of 2013, loosely ranked.
Deep Opacity

Ambient, drone - http://spaceslave.bandcamp.com/album/deep-opacity (name your price)
Lush Islands - Illusion of Paradise

Ambient, neo-psychedelia - http://carpi-records.bandcamp.com/album/cr-15-lush-islands-illusion-of-paradise (name your price)
Black Horse Plague

Progressive metal, black metal, death metal
47Deep Magic
Reflections of Most Forgotten Love

Live in San Francisco

Heavy psych
45Sudatsuga & Volcanic Queen
Our Sacred Temples of Ritual and Laughter

Drone, experimental
44Slow Walkers
Slow Walkers

Iron Marsh

Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock
42Purling Hiss
Water on Mars

Psychedelic rock, indie rock
41Atomic Simao

Psychedelic rock, space rock

Heavy psych
39Papir Meets Electric Moon
The Papermoon Sessions

Psychedelic rock, space rock
38Volcanic Queen

Ambient, drone
37Tomasz Stanko


Psychedelic rock, krautrock
Papir III

Psychedelic rock, space rock
34A Glow Has Drained From My Heart
As Dim in the Night, You Belong

Drone, lo-fi, shoegaze - http://aglowhasdrainedfrommyheart.bandcamp.com/album/as-dim-in-the-night-you-belong (free download)
33Peter Evans

Free jazz
32Jannick Schou

Ambient, drone - http://jannickschou.bandcamp.com/ (name your price)
31Tuluum Shimmering
Orange and White Feathered String

Tirbal ambient
30Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Psychedelic pop

Progressive rock, heavy psych
28Aidan Baker and Plurals
Glass Crocodile Medicine

Ambient, drone

Death doom metal, drone, folk
26Golden Pawn
This Lake Is a Misty Mirror

Ambient - http://spaceslave.bandcamp.com/album/this-lake-is-a-misty-mirror (name your price)
From the Ages

Heavy psych
Earth Rocker

Hard rock
23Aidan Baker
Already Drowning

Ambient, drone, post-rock
22Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Sol Levit

Ambient, drone - http://euscr.bandcamp.com/album/sol-levit (name your price)
Hain-Ba Sun Hex

Avant-folk, experimental

Psychedelic rock, Stoner rock
18Foxes in Fiction and Benoit Pioulard
Ground Glass / Etalon

Ambient, dream pop - http://foxesinfiction.bandcamp.com/album/7-on-wool-recordings (name your price)
17Bardo Pond
Rise Above it All

Psychedelic rock
16Tuluum Shimmering
Raag Wichikapache / Lake of Mapang

Ambient, drone, neo-psychedelia
Hidden Scenes

Ambient, drone - http://sundrugs.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-scenes (name your price)
14Barn Owl

Ambient, drone
Orbs and Channels

Ambient, drone - http://saaad.bandcamp.com/album/orbs-channels (name your price)
12The Fall of Every Season

Death doom metal
Pearl Mystic

Psychedelic rock, ambient
The Man Who Died in His Boat

The ambient, psychedelic folk heard throughout Grouper's latest release is of such high quality that it's hard to believe that this is merely a collection of b-sides from 2008's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. Songs like the gorgeous title-track and the infectious "Cloud in Places" are simply stunning.

After nine years in the wilderness Vali finally releases a follow up to 2004's brilliant Forlatt. The instrumental folk heard on Skogslandskap is every bit as gorgeous as it was on Forlatt, with Vali's acoustic guitar playing sounding as emotionally evocative as ever.
8Wolf People

Wolf People deliver another excellent piece of psychedelic folk-rock. Somewhat darker in tone than its predecessor, musically Fain builds on the style of Steeple (2010), adding a slightly more experimental edge. This more adventurous side is best heard during the instrumental sections of some of the lengthier tracks such as "When the Fire is Dead in the Great" and during the outro of "Theif".
7Benoit Pioulard

Pioulard's first full-length since 2010's Lasted, delivers more folky, dream pop mixed with beautifully crafted ambient soundscapes. From the infectious vocal melodies of "Hawkeye" to the gorgeous ambience of "Gospel", Hymnal sees Benoit doing what he does best, creating an irresistible atmosphere, further enhanced by his unique use of field recordings.
6Causa Sui
Euporie Tide

A master class in instrumental psych, Euporie Tide is every bit as engaging as the Summer Sessions albums and a significant improvement over 2011's Pewt'r Sessions. The album sees the band switch between heavy stoner-fuelled riffs to more melodic psychedelic passages with ease. Album opener and standout track, "Homage" is a strong contender for psychedelic rock song of the year, incorporating everything that is good about Causa Sui's sound into one 10-minute song.
5Tim Hecker

With Virigins, Hecker has created a superb album of swirling ambience and haunting piano melodies that makes for one of 2013's most captivating ambient releases. From the dark, melancholic intensity of "Live Room" to the beautiful, almost uplifting "Amps, Drugs, Harmonium", Virgins drifts through various mood changes almost seamlessly.
4Pond (AUS)
Hobo Rocket

While 2012's excellent Beard, Wives, Denim was very much dominated by refined, poppy song writing, Hobo Rocket is a much more adventurous affair and is all the better for it. The intense "Aloneaflameaflower" features some of the band's heaviest moments to date while album closer "Midnight Mass" finishes with a beautifully transcendent instrumental section which provides a strong contrast to the dark, almost Sabbath-esque sound of the song's first half.
The Event of Your Leaving

The Event of Your Leaving is a collaboration between Liz Harris (aka Grouper) and Jefre Cantu Ledesma, which sees the duo deliver carefully crafted ambient soundscapes inspired by the work of visual artist Vija Celmins. Tracks such as "In Stellar Orbit" and "In Held Company" reflect the mood of Celmins' artwork perfectly whilst standing out as some of the most enchanting pieces the two artists have ever recorded.
Messe I.X-VI.X

With Messe, Ulver have delivered one of their most ambitious albums to date and also one of their most rewarding. Recorded with the Troms? Chamber Orchestra, Messe is a fantastic blend of classical and electronic music that stands along-side the likes of Shadows of the Sun and Perdition City as one of the band's finest albums. The superb "Glamour Box" and the dramatic "Son Of Man" are particular highlights.
A Fabric of Beliefs

Even more adventurous than its predecessor, A Fabric of Beliefs should cement Witxes' place as one of the most exciting and intriguing artists in the current ambient/experimental music scene. The album's opening suite, the three part "Through Abraxas", stands as one 2013's most compelling pieces of music, with the remainder of the album containing many equally captivating moments.
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