My Favorite Releases of 2013

Here we are at the end of another year and I’m scrambling to figure out my favorite releases. Granted, it’s totally self-imposed pressure. I do enjoy looking back on all the new music I’ve heard to sort through the highlights. This year I topped 200 releases and narrowed down my favorite 10%-ish below.

I didn’t include some of the heavy-hitting veterans that surprised us with new albums this year: My Bloody Valentine (great), Boards of Canada (great), Autechre (great), Nine Inch Nails (good), Skinny Puppy (good), Daft Punk (meh). Also, no haikus this year; too lazy. But you can stream bits ‘n pieces, and in some cases the full release, in the links below. So at least you’ve got that goin’ for ya. Happy Holidays, all!

  • Acteurs – Acteurs | listen
  • Anthony Naples – El Portal EP | listen
  • The Black Dog – Tranklements | listen
  • Dalhous – An Ambassador For Laing | listen
  • Demdike Stare – Testpressing #001 / #002 / #003 / #004 | listen
  • Earn – Hell On Earth | listen
  • Ensemble Economique – Fever Logic | listen
  • Function – Incubation | listen
  • The Haxan Cloak – Excavation | listen
  • The House In The Woods – Bucolica | listen
  • Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns | listen
  • Jon Brooks – Shapwick | listen
  • K’an (坎) – Anima | listen
  • Levantis – Believe EP | listen
  • lovesliescrushing – Ghost Colored Halo | listen
  • Mika Vainio – Kilo | listen
  • Not Waving – Redacted | listen
  • Rafael Anton Irisarri – The Unintentional Sea | listen
  • Rainer Veil – Struck EP | listen
  • Raum (Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Liz Harris) – The Event of Your Leaving | listen
  • Rion – ホタル | listen
  • Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star | listen
  • Sandwell District – Fabric 69 | listen
  • TM404 – TM404 | listen
  • Tree – Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out | listen
  • Tuff Sherm – Burglar Loops | listen
  • Ukkonen – The Ancient Tonalities Of… | listen

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