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JT's 2013 List: Top 50

My favourite releases of 2013, loosely ranked.
50Attenuated
Deep Opacity


Ambient, drone - http://spaceslave.bandcamp.com/album/deep-opacity (name your price)
49Magnetophonique
Lush Islands - Illusion of Paradise


Ambient, neo-psychedelia - http://carpi-records.bandcamp.com/album/cr-15-lush-islands-illusion-of-paradise (name your price)
48Trvth
Black Horse Plague


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


Ambient
46Fuzz
Live in San Francisco


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


Drone, experimental
44Slow Walkers
Slow Walkers


Drone
43Hexvessel
Iron Marsh


Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock
42Purling Hiss
Water on Mars


Psychedelic rock, indie rock
41Atomic Simao
Nodo


Psychedelic rock, space rock
40Fuzz
Fuzz


Heavy psych
39Papir Meets Electric Moon
The Papermoon Sessions


Psychedelic rock, space rock
38Volcanic Queen
Lumyth


Ambient, drone
37Tomasz Stanko
Wislawa


Jazz
36Follakzoid
II


Psychedelic rock, krautrock
35Papir
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
Zebulon


Free jazz
32Jannick Schou
Fasjil


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


Tirbal ambient
30Unknown Mortal Orchestra
II


Psychedelic pop
29Sammal
Sammal


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


Ambient, drone
27Seidr
Ginnungagap


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)
25Earthless
From the Ages


Heavy psych
24Clutch
Earth Rocker


Hard rock
23Aidan Baker
Already Drowning


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


Ambient
21EUS
Sol Levit


Ambient, drone - http://euscr.bandcamp.com/album/sol-levit (name your price)
20Sudatsuga
Hain-Ba Sun Hex


Avant-folk, experimental
19Naam
Vow


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
15Sundrugs
Hidden Scenes


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


Ambient, drone
13Saaad
Orbs and Channels


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


Death doom metal
11Hookworms
Pearl Mystic


Psychedelic rock, ambient
10Grouper
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.
9Vali
Skogslandskap


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
Fain


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
Hymnal


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
Virgins


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.
3Raum
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.
2Ulver
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.
1Witxes
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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