Looking back at 2013 it seemed that every week there was another album released that I had to listen to, never before in my life can I remember a time when so much great music had become available so often. Maybe its just easier to access new music (of course!) or maybe people are getting a little more creative now they no longer expect to actually make the pop charts!
Without question though, 2013 saw electronic music and psychedelia take the centre stage in my world.
In the electronica corner there was Daniel Avery’s superb ‘Drone Logic’ which was one of the most anticipated albums of the year for me and it didn’t disappoint, whilst the return of Ricardo Tobar after five years away gave us one of the most interesting albums of the year which I can’t believe isn’t getting heaps of attention.
In the other corner we had the debut album from Hookworms with ‘Pearl Mystic’, they also remain the first band in a decade to screw my hearing up for a few weeks with their performance at Liverpool Psych Fest in September. Alongside them we had Younghusband, Thee Oh Sees and Jagwar Ma.
If you’d said at the beginning of the year that a new Daft Punk album would be one of the biggest albums across the globe I’d have been surprised, a few bars of Nile Rodgers’ guitar on ‘Get Lucky’ and it was inevitable how huge it was going to be, sadly the album didn’t quite live up to the hype and was patchy in places.
There were plenty of other surprises throughout the year though, Neil Halstead’s return to shoegaze with Black Hearted Brother, Jon Hopkins ditched his boring Coldplay past with ‘Immunity’ and Factory Floor finally released their debut album.
Enough of the talk, there’s a playlist below…. take your pick from Soundcloud or Spotify…