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Jake’s Top 50 Albums of 2013

This year has been quite the year in the world of music. As 2013 closes its time to look back on what it has been. In this case, we look back on the top musical releases of the year. Without further ado, I present you my top albums of 2013:

50.

Childish Gambino – Because The Internet

(Hip Hop/Rap)

49.

Atlas Genius – When It Was Now

(Alternative/Indie)

48.

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

(Baroque Pop/Indie)

47.

Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth

(lo-fi/Indie/Beach Rock)

46.

The 1975 – The 1975

(Indie/Electronic)

45.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Whenever, If Ever

(Emo/Post-Rock)

44.

The Limousines – Hush

(Electronic/Indietronica)

43.

Washed Out – Paracosm

(Chillwave/Dream Pop)

42.

65daysofstatic – Wild Light

(Post Rock/Math Rock/Experimental)

41.

Said The Whale – Hawaii

(Indie)

40.

The Mowgli’s – Waiting For The Dawn

(Folk/Indie)

39.

Hundredth – Revolt

(Melodic Hardcore)

38.

Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band – Bubblegum

(Indie Rock/Alternative/Noise)

37.

Phantogram – Phantogram EP

(Electronic/Shoegaze/Trip Hop)

36.

Biffy Clyro – Opposites

(Alternative Rock/Experimental)

35.

Into It. Over It. – Intersections

(emo)

34.

MS MR – Secondhand Rapture

(Dream Pop)

33.

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves – You’re Always on My Mind

(Indie)

32.

Smallpools – Smallpools EP

(Alternative/Electropop)

31.

Bastille – Bad Blood

(Alternative/Synthpop)

30.

Title Fight – Spring Songs EP

(Melodic Hardcore/Hardcore Punk)

29.

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

(French House)

28.

The Dodos – Carrier

(Indie Folk/Baroque)

27.

Defeater – Letters Home

(Hardcore)

26.

Counterparts – The Difference Between Hell And Home

(Melodic Hardcore)

25.

Hammock – Oblivion Hymns

(Shoegaze/Post Rock)

24.

Twenty One Pilots – Vessel

(Indie/Electronic/Hip Hop)

23.

Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero

(Folk)

22.

Los Campesinos! – No Blues

(Indie/Noise Pop)

21.

O’Brother – Disillusion

(Post Rock)

20.

Local Natives – Hummingbird

(Indie)

19.

The Appleseed Cast – Illumination Ritual

(emo/Post Rock)

 18.

The Dear Hunter – Migrant

(Prog Rock/Experimental)

17.

Streetlight Manifesto – The Hands That Thieve

(Ska/Punk)

16.

STRFKR/Starfucker – Miracle Mile

(Electronica)

15.

Balance and Composure – Things We Think We’re Missing

(Post Hardcore/Rock)

14.

City And Colour – The Hurry and the Harm

(Acoustic/Blues)

13.

Foals – Holy Fire

(Indie/Math Rock)

12.

Lorde – Pure Heroin

(Art Pop/Electronic)

11.

Moving Mountains – Moving Mountains

*RIP*

(Post Rock/Post Hardcore)

10.

CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

(Synthpop)

9.

Ramsey – You’ve Got A Lot Of Heart Kid EP

(Pop Punk)

8.

Typhoon – White Lighter

(Indie/Experimental)

7.

Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

(Psychedelic Rock/Progressive)

6.

Old Gray – An Autobiography

(Screamo/emo)

5.

 James Blake – Overgrown

(Electronic/Soul)

This album was lower. But I kept listening to it. Over and over. Its a masterpiece, and you can tell right away. James Blake and his “band” take a completely different approach to electronic music. He applies soul, and down tempo vibes. Some of the instruments are even homemade. Its an amazing work by a talented man.

4.

Russian Circles – Memorial

(Post Rock/Post Metal)

As you can see from previous albums on this list, I love post rock. It’s one of my favorite genres. Russian Circles surprised me with this one. Its unbelievable. The music is simple, yet its such an intense album. It doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of instruments to create and awesome album, just a few guys who are incredibly talented at what they do. You’ll enjoy this listen.

3.

Touché Amoré – Is Survived By

(Post Hardcore/Screamo)

I cannot describe how much I love this album. Touché Amoré is one of my favorite bands and this matches and even exceeds their last album. They pack so much emotion into their music and lyrics, so much you can feel the music. Spectacularly put together, Is Survived By is one of the best albums I’ve listened to. I can relate to what Jeremy Bolm (the lead singer) sings about. On and emotional level, you cannot compare this album.

2.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

(Indie/Post Punk)

This band isn’t that normal indie you hear on the radio, with generic beats and melodies and lyrics about happieness/lovey dovey crap. The National, like Touche Amore are pure emotional. I get goosebumps when listening to this band. The album itself is one you can’t just stop listening to, you have to hear the whole thing through. You won’t forget it, his signature baritone voice is hard to pass up and it makes it much more unique.

1.

Sigur Rós – Kveikur

(Post Rock/Ambient)

Finally. Number one; and quite deserving of it. This release by Sigur Ros was stellar, it was unbelievable. They really exceeded the other bands on this list. I stated before before, I love post rock, and they take and unprecedented approach to it. Post Rock characteristically does not feature a heavy vocal presence, Sigur Ros changed this. The Icelandic band uses them not only as a tool to send a message, but a tool to further their musical capabilities. On this album Jonsi (the lead singer) uses powerful falsetto vocals to add a new depth and dimension to the music, sometimes featuring a language from Iceland called “Hopelandic”. It has no meaning but it adds a beautiful overtone to the already wonderful music. Sigur Ros is amazing, this album proved it. It was damn near perfect and fully deserves the number one spot.

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