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Key To 2013

2013 was easily the best year for music that I've experienced. It had everything from spectacular comeback albums (this will be a recurring theme throughout this list), to outstanding debuts. Loosely ranked, I've put tags and descriptions just in case anyone's interested as well as links to any free albums.
100Fen
Dustwalker


Black Metal
99Go-qualia
Xeno


Idm/Ambient ~ Very theatrical album reminiscent of Kashiwa Daisuke's Program Music I, but with a lot of vocal samples and some singing.
98Dr. Quandary
Wayfarers


Trip-hop ~ free on bandcamp http://quandary.bandcamp.com/releases
97The National
Trouble Will Find Me


Indie ~ somewhat of a disappointment as it doesn't live up to the last 2 albums,
96Of Solitude and Solemn
Of Solitude and Solemn


Doom metal/post-rock ~ The excellent debut of our very own DarkNoctus. Also has a new release out this year.http://ofsolitudeandsolemn.bandcamp.com/album/of- solitude-and-solemn
95Agrypnie
Aetas Cineris


Black metal
94Hope Drone
Hope Drone


Black metal
93Zomby
With Love


Dubstep
92Emyn Muil
Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga


Black metal ~ Good Summoning worship, we need more of these.
91Battle Dagorath
Cursed Storm of Ages


Black metal
90Forlorn Path
Man's Last Portrait


Black/doom metal ~ Free: http://forlornpath.bandcamp.com/album/mans-last-portrait
89Airs
Adore


Shoegaze ~ Airs drop any and all black metal influences and go full on gaze, and the result is very satisfying. Free as well http://airs.bandcamp.com/album/adore
88Implodes
Recurring Dream


Shoegaze/drone
87Omnium Gatherum
Beyond


Melodic death metal ~ Some really great melodies and ideas brought down by some mediocre, unfitting vocals and a bit of bloat.
86Anamanaguchi
Endless Fantasy


Chiptune/synthpop? ~ Anamanaguchi freshen up their signature chiptune sound by adding elements of edm and synthpop.
85Deafheaven
Sunbather


Black metal/post-rock/screamo ~ I'm gonna start by saying Dream House is one of the songs of the year, and Irrestible lives up to its name, and should really just be considered part of DH. Unfortunately it all goes downhill from there, and the album descends into a snoozefest until Pecan Tree tries its best to resuscitate it.
84Mazzy Star
Seasons of Your Day


Dream pop ~ Yet another comeback album, 17 years after their previous one. Hope Sandoval and co. still got it.
83Fell Voices
Regnum Saturni


Black metal ~ A much more drone-y, lo-fi affair from Fell Voices and that suits me just fine.
82Kausemus
Pinta


Dark jazzbient? ~ Not quite sure how to label this, but it's eerie as hell. Free: http://kausemus.bandcamp.com/album/pinta-2013
81Thriftworks
Terry - D


Dubstep ~ SMOKEY THE MOTHERFUCKIN BEAR! Free: http://jatlas.bandcamp.com/album/terry-d
80Saaad
Orbs and Channels


Drone ~ Free: http://saaad.bandcamp.com/album/orbs-channels
79Ildjarn/Hate Forest
Those Once Mighty Fallen


Black metal
78Autechre
L-Event


Idm
77Benoit Pioulard
Hymnal


Ambient
76Hieroglyphics
The Kitchen


Hip-hop ~ Hiero's back after a decade and it's like they haven't missed a beat. Pep and Del for example are still on point as ever, but I gotta give a special shoutout to the extremely varied production courtesy of Sacramento DJ crew The Sleepwalkers.
75Lycia
Quiet Moments


Darkwave ~ After 10 years, Lycia put out their best album since A Day in the Stark Corner (which is also my favorite).
74The Field
Cupid's Head


Minimal techno
73Germ
Grief


Post/black meta
72Old Man Markley
Down Side Up


Folk punk/bluegrass
71Grave Miasma
Odori Sepulcrorum


Death/black metal
70An Autumn for Crippled Children
Hearts Of Light/Blossoms


Post/black metal ~ A nice little EP to whet the appetite early in the year. Only consists of 2 songs, one of which made it to the LP later on in the year. Free: http://anautumnforcrippledchildren.bandcamp.com/album/hearts-of-light-blossoms
69Pusha T
My Name is My Name


Hip-hop ~ Push is on top of his game here, and shines on tracks where he's alone like the superb Numbers on the Boards. It's just a shame that there are some weak features and throwaway tracks.
68Soror Dolorosa
No More Heroes


Post-punk
67Ellende
Ellende


Black metal
66Lotte Kestner
The Bluebird of Happiness


Folk ~ Anna-Lynne Williams of Tresspassers William fame, crafts a collection of intimate, heartfelt and ultimately beautiful songs. She even managed to make Beyonce's Halo sound amazing.
65The Fall of Every Season
Amends


Death/doom metal ~ Brave Murder Day era Katatonia mixed with a lil Opeth. Yes, it's as good as that sounds.
64Sacriphyx
The Western Front


Death metal ~ Galloping, NWOBHM influenced death metal a la Arghoslent, but with some very welcome doom metal influences too.
63Boris
Präparat


Shoegaze/drone ~ Boris be gazin like a mo'fucka on this and I love every second of it.
62Fire! Orchestra
Exit!


Jazz
61Ghostface Killah
Twelve Reasons to Die


Hip-hop ~ Immaculately produced. The most consistent Clansmen puts out an outstanding concept album supplemented by downtempo guitar samples courtesy of Adrian Young who is credited as a collaborator.
60Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven


Ambient/electronic ~ On his major label debut, Daniel Lopatin releases a worthy successor to Replica. I can see myself digging this more with time in all honesty.
59Hammock
Oblivion Hymns


Post-rock ~ Hammock tone down the cheese from DS just a tad and the result is one of the most beautiful albums of the year.
58Quiet Evenings
Impressions


Ambient
57Globular and Radioactive Sandwich
Sorbet for the Soul


Psytrance ~ Globular and Radioactie Sandwich provide a song each in the really trippy sample-heavy Shpongle-esque vein of psytrace. Then they remix the other's song. So much fun. Free too: http://www.ektoplazm.com/free-music/radioactive- sandwich-globular-sorbet-for-the-soul
56Lovesliescrushing
Ghost Colored Halo


Shoegaze/ambient
55Access to Arasaka
Ecrasez L'Infame


Idm ~ Short and sweet little EP by one of my favourite IDM acts.
54Symptom
Opulent Atrocity


Sick, doomy, crushing dm
53Eluvium
Nightmare Ending


Ambient ~ Covered in writing is one of the best tracks of his career. Check it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY8WjTsG3XE
52Witxes
A Fabric of Beliefs


Ambient ~ His best release yet. Can't wait for more material.
51Paysage d'Hiver
Das Tor


Black metal ~ As frigid as ever
50Entropia (PL)
Vesper


Black metal
49Bansheebeat
Spiral Power


Idm ~ User Rev's sweet idm project. Lots of anime and video game references/samples to be found within that only enhance the experience. Oh and Tepplin is such a hard jam. Free: http://bansheebeat.bandcamp.com/releases
48Julianna Barwick
Nepenthe


Ambient
47Exivious
Liminal


Progressive metal/jazz fusion ~ When I heard the news in 2012 I think, that Exivious were setting up a kickstarter for a new album I flipped my shit. And they haven't disappointed.
46Whirr
Around


Shoegaze ~ A sweet EP from my favourite modern gaze band.
45Julia Holter
Loud City Song


Ambient
44Tineidae
Random Signal Analysis


Idm ~ Free: http://crlstudios.bandcamp.com/album/random-signal-analysi
43Grouper
The Man Who Died in His Boat


Ambient ~ The b-sides to Dragging a Dead Deer. They're so good though, that they wouldn't sound out of place on that monumental album.
42Ishome
Confession


Garage ~ Adam is such a jam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epsgLRdT2_g
41Vuurwerk
ME + ONE


Garage ~ Ditto for Grip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0ETp5X7T2Q
40CZARFACE
CZARFACE


Hip-hop ~ My favorite Clansmen Rebel INS teams up with 7L & Esoteric to make one of the most satisfying hip-hop albums in recent years. Full of excellent samples and ridiculous wordplay courtesy of both Inspectah Deck and the much improved Esoteric.
39An Autumn for Crippled Children
try not to destroy everything you love


Post/black metal
38Solar Fields
Origin # 02


Ambient ~ A collection of unreleased tracks from throughout SF's career. The last 3 in particular make you wonder why the hell hasn't he released these songs in all these years
37Vallendusk
Black Clouds Gathering


Black metal ~ Excellent atmospheric black metal with folk tinges from neighbouring Indonesia
36Sigur Ros
Kveikur


Post-rock ~ I barely jam this, but when I do oh man. Probably top 3 Sigur Ros.
35Jon Hopkins
Immunity


Downtempo/Ambient/House
34Shpongle
Museum of Consciousness


Psybient ~ Shpongle hit us up this time with less psychadelia and more ambient. Just how I like it.
33Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience


Pop ~ Has grown on me significantly since its release. From initially being a huge meh, the songs slowly started to reveal themselves to me. Strawberry Bubblegum, Tunnel Vision, and Don't Hold the Wall are quickly becoming some of my favorite pop songs. But the crowning achievement has to be Blue Ocean Floor. ~Bliss~
32Submotion Orchestra
1968


Downtempo/rnb/jazz ~ Submotion Orchestra take the rnb influences that were slowly growing in their sound, and amplify it on this EP to great effect. Sexy.
31Ulcerate
Vermis


Death metal ~ Crushing, suffocating atmospheric death metal by these ever consistent New Zealanders.
30Zealotry
The Charnel Expanse


Death metal ~ Heavily Demlilich influenced. That is a good thing. A very good thing.
29MIKTEK
[ Elsewhere ]


Ambient/Downtempo ~ Extra smooth and chill album offering something a little different to the stellar Ultimae Records catalog.
28Sorrow (UK)
Dreamstone


Garage ~ Gorgeous. Check the title track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fn- MsZwzCo
27Ceephax
Cro Magnox


Acid/Idm
26Recondite
Hinterland


Techno ~ The soundtrack to a rainy day. Some of the most chill stuff from 2013. Extremely well produced.
25u-Ziq
Chewed Corners


Idm
24Raum
The Event of Your Leaving


Shoegaze/Ambient ~ Liz Harris teams up with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma to create an aural interpretation of the artwork by Vija Celmins.
23ASC
Time Heals All


Ambient ~ 2 hours of blissful ambient from the ever flexible and prolific ASC, more commonly known around these parts as Deviant.
22Magnetophonique
Lush Islands - Illusion of Paradise


Ambient ~ Absolutely gorgeous ambient made to be played on sunny mornings. Kind of like a more organic Panabrite. Free: http://carpi- records.bandcamp.com/album/cr-15-lush-islands-illusion-of-paradise
21Gris
A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee


Black metal
20The Knife
Shaking the Habitual


Electronic/experimental ~ Raging Lung is like top 10-15 songs of the year easily.
19Forest Swords
Engravings


Electronic/Experimental/Psychadelic ~ Some of the catchiest, most hypnotic music of the year. Also a shoutout to the exemplary use of samples. Ridiculous.
18Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Uzu


Progressive/Psychadelic rock ~ While not quite as good as the amazing Yt//St, it is pretty damn close.
17Caladan Brood
Echoes of Battle


Black metal ~ Calling Caladan Brood a Summoning ripoff doesn't do them justice, while it also goes some way to describe their sound. They can be most compared to in sound to Dol Guldur era Summoning but with more emphasis on the guitar riffs and chanted clean vocals. Epic almost to a fault.
16Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing


Progressive rock ~ With this album Steven Wilson does his best to affirm to me that his solo material is so much better than most of his PT material. Heavily influenced by King Crimson this time around, Wilson not only manages to write some sweet prog jams, but also some very atmospheric and emotional songs.
15Ulver
Messe I.X-VI.X


Experimental/Ambient ~ Ulver has one of the most varied and consistent discographies I have ever heard. Starting off as a black metal band, they've since tried their hand at neofolk, ambient, psychadelia among other genres. Messe has them collaborate with the Troms Chamber Orchestra to create what can best be described as a film score. Dark and brooding, this album sits high among the rest of their wonderful back-catalog.
14Panabrite
Xenon District


Ambient/idm ~ Mixing a bit of idm into his unique brand of ambient, Panabrite puts out what is by far his best release.
13ASC
Machine Love


Drum n bass/Idm ~ On Machine Love, the prolific ASC collaborates with Synkro and Sam KDC to come up with 4 of the best electronic cuts of the year. Just check out the futuristic title track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLIKEOthYgc
12Vali
Skogslandskap


Neofolk ~ 9 years after the monumental Forlatt, Vali broke their silence and dropped an album that eclipses its predecessor in almost every way. Achingly calm and beautiful, this is like the soundtrack to walking through the woods which is aptly depicted in the cover.
11Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Nandacollection


J-popyu popyu ~ Something about Kyary's music has always struck a chord with me. While admittedly not for everyone, her brand of j-pop is very whimsical and overly-saccharine and leaves you reminiscent of times when things were much simpler and innocent; childhood. 2012 was when she announced herself to the world with Pamyu Pamyu Revolution. After a few teaser EPs and singles, she finally dropped Nandacollection midyear. Yasutaka Nakata the producer and brains behind the ingenious sound, ups his game. Invader Invader and Fashion Monster are 2 of the best songs of the year, the latter having some amazing ethereal synth solos and the former with the catchiest chorus of the year. Even the dubstep wubdown midway through the song is perfect and in no way tedious thanks to the immaculate production.
10Obliteration
Black Death Horizon


Death metal ~ With BDH, Obliteration have cemented themselves the poster boys for old school death metal revivalism. With stellar, dirty, murky production reminiscent of classic Autopsy providing the backdrop to the chaos contained within, BDH will put a smile on the face of any death metal enthusiast. This album also sports the best cover art of year to boot.
9Gorguts
Colored Sands


Death metal ~ Hey look, another comeback album. 12 years after From Wisdom to Hate, we're treated to a more progressive Gorguts. The songs progress from riff to riff with precision and shows Luc Lemay and co. on top of their game. And this is all allowed to come to life with one of the best production jobs in death metal in recent years.
8Tim Hecker
Virgins


Ambient ~ Tim Hecker's followup to one of my all time favourites Ravedeath, 1972 is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
7The Doppelgangaz
HARK


Hip-hop ~ By far my favourite hip-hop album of the year. It's difficult to say what their strongsuit is. The Orange County, NY duo EP and Matter ov Fact possess 2 of the most potent flows in hip-hop in my opinion. They spin their humorous tales of dumpster diving, and brothel hopping with sharp rhymes. To go with that, the Groggy Pack are extremely proficient behind the boards.
6Autechre
Exai


Idm ~ One of the earliest releases I've heard in 2013, and I'm still trying to fully digest the 2 disc behemoth that is Exai. Incredible dense and highly rewarding, the otherwordly robot duo add another album to their impressive repetoir.
5Bonobo
The North Borders


Garage/Trip hop ~ In 2013, Bonobo managed to craft the ultimate cruising album of 2013 by incorporating garage stylings a la Burial. No track better encapsulates this than my favourite track Know You. The amazing use of samples, and some excellent guest features from the likes of Erykah Badu and Grey Reverend really make this album.
4Summoning
Old Mornings Dawn


Black metal ~ The duo Protector and Silenius have been silent in the 7 years proceeding 2006's Oath Bound. They finally broke that silence in 2013 with the announcement of OMD. Continuing in the same vein as its 2 predecessors, with triumphant synth leads driving most of the Lord of the Ring themed songs. The production is much improved this time around and even the programmed drums sound almost organic which is almost unheard of with Summoning.
3My Bloody Valentine
m b v


Shoegaze ~ 22 years after they released the greatest album of all time ever, period (slight hyperbole), MBV has released a more than worthy successor. A Loveless 2.0 of sorts, m b v explores aveneues its predecessor never did. The track Is This and Yes, is a stripped down ambient piece featuring nothing but synthesizers and Bilinda Butcher's sensual vocals. Kevin Shields who's also responsible for the yet again immaculate production, takes his signature glide technique a step further on the track Wonder 2 with a sound that can only be described as the rushing by of jet planes or helicopters. Mezmerizing.
2Laura Stevenson
Wheel


Folk/Indie ~ In 2011, Laura Stevenson put out what turned out to be my album of the year and a cherished favourite in the years since. Fast forward 2 years, and Laura is back to comfort us again. While I was kind of lukewarm on Wheel after the first few listens, it started to encroach my psyche like a virus. I listened to nothing but for weeks. Every heartfelt line, every violin note, banjo solo was etched into my mind and yet I couldn't get enough. To describe Wheel, I'll just quote Aids who put it better than I ever could "The world is fucked, absolutely and unquestionably, but we may as well enjoy what little time we have left. Is the sadness any less real? Is impending doom any less frightening? Absolutely not, but when we do ourselves a disservice by letting fear control out lives. The world keeps spinning, just like the wheel, whether we huddle in our lonely corners or we go experience life to the fullest, and Wheel is the musical realization of that wonderful, inspiring truth."
1Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest


Ambient/Idm ~ Just when it seemed that BoC had disappeared into obscurity without a peep, 6 years after the stellar The Campfire Headphase, out of nowhere in typical mysterious BoC fashion a vinyl surfaced entitled ------/------/------ /xxxxxx/------/------ which was supposedly from the Sandison brothers. It was soon after confirmed that Tomorrow's Harvest would be a reality. By the time I stopped screaming like a fangirl (they're my favourite band of course)it started to sink in. I tried to imagine what I'd want the album to sound like, and what I thought of was almost exactly how the album turned out to be to my delight. Their most ambient affair yet, BoC have managed to craft what I like do describe as the soundtrack to the first sunrise after the apocalypse. Surreal, but with an underlying sense of forboding. Tracks like Jacquard Causeway and Nothing is Real catapult their way into the upper echelons of BoC's catalog.
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