2013 Favorite Tunes: 79 Tracks of 2013
Here is the time for the popular and awaited end-of-the-year top tracks of 2013. However, I won’t make any “Top 10 albums” or songs of 2013, it doesn’t really make sense to me. There were so many artists, tunes, gigs, albums or videos : and they were special, surprising, explosive, inspired, sensual, energetic, inspiring, fun, dark or bright, brilliant… or not. It was a rich year music-wise so here is my big playlist, an eclectic mix of 79 tracks (why not?) that made my year.
Among them you’ll find different treats – to name only a few:
Some of my obsession songs (you know the ones you listen to in a loop every day for months without any shame):
“Dreams” by Taken by Trees from the amazing album In other worlds, sparkling “Parade” by electronic jeweler Rone, slow-burner “Come back to life” by Hospital Ships, “Fall underneath” by Melbourne fresh indie-pop piece Snakadaktal and Girls in Hawaii‘s “Not dead” one of the great singles of their comeback album Everest.
Confirmations of loves (I had faith, and yes they rocked again):
Buzzing new Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor with the brilliant “Afterlife” or “Sat by the Ocean” from Queens of the Stone Age‘s latest opus. And of course the album by Islands and their textured melodic pop, hybrid witches of Cocorosie, wicked-psyche rockers Of Montreal, and iconic weirdo Daniel Johnston!
Great debut albums, converted tries of new talented faces (welcome to my discoteca):
We met David Lemaître‘s creative Latitude and the beautiful “Dark eyes” by Half Moon Run. They are cool, they are fresh: Jagwar Ma and their retro-dance-rock Howlin, London Rudimental’s Home for a wave of drum’n soul, and Warm Soda‘s power-poppy Someone For You: a sweet taste of California in a garage. And let’s not forget the rocky voice of young redhead King Krule and its praised 6 Feet Beneath the Moon.
Singles or Ep’s giving a foretaste of emerging artists (Get ready 2014, they’re coming to get you!):
Be on the lookout for these gals : danish Karen Marie Ørsted aka MØ and her fresh mix of pop, RnB and electronica, sensual Wolf Alice, and L.A singer Banks with her gloomy pop. Be intrigued by Sydney-based soulful songwriter Paul Conrad. Watch closely the Irish trio Sisters who just released their very first catchy track “Hush Hush”. Discover the indie pop by French dudes Husbands or gently noisy BRNS (say Brains) from Bruxelles! And when is Matt Corby finally going to release an album following his beautiful EPs? I can’t wait, but meanwhile, select shuffle and enjoy…
Cheers and happy New Year everyone!
Text by Cécilia Bonnet