T’is the season of lists, they say. Here are the albums and songs that rocked our world this year!
“Cultfever’s ‘Animals’ single – and their full self-titled album (actually released in 2011) is pretty fucking great as well and one that I discovered and wrapped myself around this past year, big time.”
“Anything by Okkervil River”
“No surprise, it’s My Bloody Valentine, m b v (2013) – the album i never thought i’d hear. Worth the wait, amazingly.”
Runners up (click links for videos):
Toumani Diabate with Ballake Sissoko, New Ancient Strings (2006) – heavenly kora music from Mali
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Marble Son (2011) – mysterious, brooding, sexy rock
Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels (2013) – blood from a stone, but what blood!
Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information/ Wings of Love – mind-blowing soul explorations
“My favorite album of 2013 was Laura Mvula’s Sing To The Moon and favorite song on the album is ‘That’s Alright.’ You all should check that album out if you haven’t already heard it.”
“As I started to listen to all the Sharp Things stuff old & new to learn the songs or just take a listen in general, I found myself going back and listening to similar works (in my mind at least) specifically Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Billy Joel’s Nylon Curtain.”
“Inspired by our trip to Iceland, I’ve listened to a lot of Sigur Ros, and their new album of 2013 Kveikur is as beautiful as always. their string arrangements and harmonies are haunting and beautiful. Related to Sigur Ros, we discovered Arvo Part, an Estonian composer, whose pieces were performed at the NY Phil this year by the Estonian Symphony. Key piece: Spiegel im Spiegel. I’ve also been throwing back to Simon and Garfunkel for their tight vocal harmonies, Prince, M. Jackson for old times, and a lot of frenchies. Here’s a yummy sexy vocal discovery of the year for me: Zaz (album by the same name).
“This has been on repeat in my house all year!!!”