So we’ve drawn a close to 2013, loosened our belts from all the Christmas food and have prepared ourselves for the failure that our “New Years Resolutions” will inevitably become.
Sour note to begin, but here are the best singles, albums and newcomers from arguably one of the best years for music in the past decade:
2013 has seen the release of some unexpected albums, “Queen Bey”, some experimental music as it were; Arctic Monkeys, and just some down right fluffy lyrics with a sly hint of nostalgia; Peace – In Love.
Up first are the best songs from bands that have been around for quite some time already:
Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High.
Having spent some time in LA after the release of what was the slightly disappointing “Suck it and See” it’s safe to say the boys have spent their time well and created, yet again an absolute master class in song writing with this.
Biffy Clyro – Stingin’ Belle.
The scots doing what they do best, creating a racket with some lovely vocal harmonies and heavy guitar riffs.
The Cribs – Leather Jacket Love Song.
Amidst the release of their anthology album: “Payola” The Cribs decided to release, in short an anniversairy song to celebrate the ten years that they have thankfully been together. This song wasn’t considered that huge of a deal, but is well worth a listen.
Foals – My Number.
This song is *an absolute anthem. The punchy lyrics, absolute gem of a groove from the rhythm section and general musicianship makes you want to get tickets to every festival that Foals are hitting next year.
Kings of Leon – Supersoaker.
This album was mentioned earlier this year on this blog and it’s stil not boring. Yet Supersoaker seems to be the pinnacle of it all, released in summer, it unintentionally is THE summer song of 2013.
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young.
Vampire Weekend flew under the radar for a substantial amount of time after the release of “Contra” and came out with their unique sound with, somehow, even more quality – this band just keep getting better with every release.
Next up the prodigies of 2013, the next “big artists”:
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Rango.
This is a band that are use to this title being handed to them, but it looks like 2014, following their recent success will finally be the year for them, Rango is definitely gives you a million and one reasons as to why.
AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies.
This isn’t even their biggest song by a country mile, but it just defines AlunaGeorge as the band that they are, simple and fantastic. Their album was released in 2013, go buy it.
The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather.
A fantastic song from the American band that is closely affiliated with The 1975, and it’s understandable why, put it this way, if The Neighbourhood were English they’d be The 1975 and visa versa. This was the lead single from their album released this year. IT. DOES. NOT. DISAPOINT.
Jaws – Gold.
Young Brummies, writing probably the most used music on the Made in Chelsea soundtrack, clearly doing something right if their good enough for some posh toffs.
Swim Deep – The Sea.
Understandably the band are considered to be quite successful at the moment, especially after releasing their debut, but it’s clear that their still yet to be a “massive success”. 2014 will be the year for that.
House music has been of a completely stratospheric standard in 2013 here our three songs that define the genre for 2013:
You & Me – Disclosure
Look Right Through (MK Dub III) – Storm Queen
Turn it Around – Sub Focus Ft. Kele.
The best albums of this year have both been debutants. Both offering completely different sounds to what is offered at the moment, and both having huge chart success.
The 1975 – The 1975.
Pretty much unknown until their single Chocolate, it’s fantastic to see such a raw live band not become just a one-hit wonder. Pretty much everyone and their nan has got the album, if you haven’t doesn’t that say something about you?
Peace – In Love.
This band had been together for only two years before they released this album. It’s interesting because this band sound as though they’ve been there, done that and got the T-shirt. What’s important is that they certainly do deliver live.