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Top 50 Albums 2013

Usually only do top 25, but i listened to a lot of music-limiting to 50 was rhard enough. I also rrrrrrrrrrmade an effort to listen to a lot more ambient music this year and it showed in my rlistening rrrrrrrrrexperience.
50M.I.A.
Matangi


Hip-hop/Electro. M.I.A being M.I.A
49Benoit Pioulard
Hymnal


Ambient/Folk/Indie
48William Basinski and Richard Chartier
Aurora Liminalis


Ambient/Drone
47Future of the Left
How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident


Post-hardcore/Noise Rock
46The Sun And The Ocean
Distant Light/New Darkness


Indie Electronica/Pop.
45Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks


Industrial/Alt-Rock/Electronica
44Jolly
The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 2)


Alt. Metal/Prog.
43 Tera Melos
X'ed Out


Indie/Math Rock
42Chelsea Wolfe
Pain Is Beauty


Folk/Experimental
41Cloud Boat
Book of Hours


Ambient/R&B
40Varth Dader
Tice Nitties


Hip-Hop/Cloud Rap. Awesome rap collective from North Carolina.
39Palms
Palms


Shoegaze/Post-Rock
38Julia Holter
Loud City Song


Ambient/Pop/Indie Jazz
37Zeroh
Bred: A Dedication


Hip-Hop/Experimental
36Sadistik
Flowers For My Father


Hip-Hop
35James Blake
Overgrown


R&B/soul/Dubstep
34Kronos Quartet
Aheym


Classical
33Steven Price
Gravity


Movie Soundtrack
32Shad
Flying Colours


Hip-hop
31Majical Cloudz
Impersonator


Electro/Indie/Minimal Pop
30Nails
Abandon All Life


Hardcore/Sludge/Noise/Metal/Brain Smashing for 17 minutes
29How To Destroy Angels
Welcome Oblivion


Electronic/Downtempo/Industrial
28Jon Hopkins
Immunity


Electronic/Techno/Ambient
27Local Natives
Hummingbird


Indie Rock/Folk
26Death Grips
Government Plates


Hip-hop/Electronic/Experimental
25Matthew Collings
Splintered Instruments


Noise/Post-Rock/Experimental. The sound of all your instruments being played frantically as they are falling apart.
24Janelle Monae
The Electric Lady


R&B/Soul/Pop. My R&B soul queen drops another amazing project. This women seriously deserves to be on top of the musical charts.
23Bibio
Silver Wilkinson


Electronic/Folk/Ambient. Summertime.....where the livin's easy. Defintely his most chilled works and cohesive project to date.
22Norma Jean
Wrongdoers


Metalcore/Post-Hardcore. Well this was certainly a surprise, NJ to me at best released just above average metalcore. But with this, they took everything and juiced it up, the sounds, the songwriting, etc. Arugably their best record to date. A real surprise.
21Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels


Hip-hop. El-P + Killer Mi......im not even going to bother finishing, if you seriously haven't heard this record and like hip-hop in any capacity go find it-it's free on the internet. Two dope MC's just going at it to El-P's unique production.
20Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Nandacollection


J-Pop. Cynics be damned, this is a great project. Yea this album is the equivalent of swimming in a gigantic sea of really sweet candy-but it's crazy aesthetic and the chipper voice of Kyary is matched perfectly with Yasutaka Nakata excellent high energy pop production. Almost every detail in the verses and choruses adds a slight changes as the songs progress.
19Julia Kent
Character


Classical. Give a cello player who has an excellent sense of mood/ambiance a delay and loop pedal-and watch the beautiful results unravel.
18Animal Flag
The Sounds Of Sleep


Indie Electronica/Indie Pop/Folk. I met the main man of this group Matt Politoski at a show in Orange County NY, he's a genuine guy that has the making of being the next big indie pop star. At the ripe young age of 21, the dude has already released 3 full lengths and several EP's-all of which are of high quality songwriting. The Sounds Of Sleep is easily his best work yet, straying from his typical folk sound and opting for a more electronic driven sound. This album seems to combined the experimental elements of The Age Of Adz and the melancholy feel of Copeland's You Are My Sunshine into a wonderful cohesive project. Oh and you acquire said album for pay-what you want on his bandcamp. http://animalflag.bandcamp.com/album/the-sounds-of-sleep
17Mr.-Muthafuckin-eXquire
Kismet


Hip-Hop. Improving big time from Lost In Translation. Exquire voice, aesthetic, and somewhat puzzling yet dark personality matches perfectly with the dark spacey production that drives this mixtape.
16Takeshi Nishimoto
Lavandula


Ambient/Acoustic/Folk. Acoustic guitar ambient driven pieces, beautiful stuff.
15Ben Lukas Boysen
Gravity


Ambient/Post-Rock. The clear highlights here are the noctures, those big spacious reverb drums are absolutely gorgeous.
14The Darien Venture
A Kite, A Key and A Storm


Math Rock/Indie Rock. Self described "Math Pop", this is a highly infectious album experience with a sweet alt-rock sound with post-hardcore esque driven drums and sweet multi harmony vocals.
13Ocoeur
Light as a Feather


Electronic/IDM/Ambient. A neat mix bag of tasteful Electronica driven based tracks with wonderful diversity.
12Olafur Arnalds
For Now I Am Winter


Classical/Ambient. Following a largely ambient-esque two albums, Olafur Arnalds goes a little more "pop" in his sound. A definitely more appealing sound but one that I think is opening up his sound for a new chapter.
11ERAAS
Initiation


Post-Punk/Indie/Post-Rock. Really creepy dark subtle post-punk music that is beautifully cohesive/smooth listen. Title track is a highlight of the year.
10The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer


Metalcore/Hardcore/Experimental. This is DEP as usual, but damn they still know how to wreck. The opening of the title track should convince you.
9The Knife
Shaking The Habitual


Electronica/Experimental/Psychedelic. 100 minutes of insane electronic noise music. I swear I hated the single for this album for months, and then one day it clicked and I love it and it's a wonderful record.
8FKA Twigs
EP2


Experimental/R&B/Soul. Takes the sound of Purity Ring and pushes it further left. The 4 tracks on here are truly immaculate.
7Hotel Neon
HOTEL NEON


Ambient/Drone. Simple-basic drone ambient with a strong dose of melancholy, it's straightforward nature allowed me to relax and completely focus and/or space out without heavily accented embellishments.
6Over The Ocean
Be Given To The Soil


Post-Rock/Shoegaze/Post-Hardcore. David Bazan esque lyricism meets a beautiful dark post-rock backdrop. Though the lyricism seeks optimism in it's spiritual yearnings, it never comes off over-indulgent. Just very honest and human.
5Tim Hecker
Virgins


Ambient/Experimental/Drone. This record was a SLOW grower, the variety of woodwinds and electronic pianos intertwined in abstract ambient chaos is a truly encapsulating emotional experience.
4Karnivool
Asymmetry


Alt/Prog Metal. The fluidity of this record is nothing short of fascinating. An alt. metal record that has such an off-kilter flow with dodgy guitar licks and "heavy" grooves, and impassioned vocals.
3The Haxan Cloak
Excavation


Dark Ambient. You know those chew five gum commercials, this basically brings that to an audio experience, and tints your vision extremely dark.
2Disperse
Living Mirrors


Prog Metal/Ambient. Young awesome band that is young and awesome. Disperse take the prog pieces of their first album and focus it into more concise song structures w/o sacrificing musical substance. The guitar textures and lush vocals with a ambient feel behind the entirety of the album makes this a unique prog record.
1TesseracT
Altered State


Prog Metal/Ambient. Taking the sound of One, and focusing it for a more straight-forward and immediate sound proved to be a success for Tesseract. The sounds here are familiar, but it's the song structure and vocal power of Ashe O Hara that really makes this record truly shine. Altered State doesn't shoot to be one of the best records ever, but it's near perfect approach to ebb and flow really gives this record a power of truly solid musicianship.
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