This Weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Some albums from 2013 January 4, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Seeing The Lumineers folk schtick while briefly tuning into, or is that turning over, to Jools Hollands curious New Year’s Hootenanny (which is perhaps given IIRC that it isn’t staged on NYE makes it surely one of the oddest constructs on television), the thought struck me ‘raze their village, salt the earth’. But let’s not focus on that ugliness, for 2013 did bring some good stuff.
Here are some albums, not the ‘best’ but ones that I think may stay with me for a long time. TOY is a late entry, it was a toss up between Kilbey and the Martin Kennedy and Kilbey joint project, Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ was almost there. Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest which grew on me slowly, Nik Turner and Dawn of Midi likewise. And I could have thrown in Robyn Hitchcock’s Love From London just cause, though it could have as easily been Neon Neon or perhaps at a stretch Wolf People or Jon Hopkins.
What wouldn’t I have thrown in? VNV Nation’s latest, Primal Scream, New Order’s almost entirely irrelevant Lost Sirens. And that’s just for starters.
Again, interested to know what others thought were great albums of the year.
Wax Idols – Discipline & Desire – When It Happens
Reworking post-punk tropes for the 2010s.
The Black Dog – Tranklements – Cult Mentality
Another in a continuing sequence of albums that suggest Black Dog’s work in the 2000s and 2010s is easily the equal of that from the 1990s. This may be my most revisited album of the year.
Steve Wilson – The Raven that Refused to Sing – Luminol
Prog-rock and good with it. Shades of a lot of influences in there.
TOY – Join The Dots – Join The Dots
Just out last month, but the title track alone is a revelation. And overall the album attempts to balance equal love for krautrock and the Byrds.
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters – Tomorrow is Another Day – Additional Ghosts
Better by far than Schnauss’s solo album of this same year.
Deep Purple – Now What?! – Weirdistan
Er… yes. What of it? I admit this is shameless nostalgia, not least for the sound of Don Airey’s keyboards which rework Jon Lord’s sound without being a simple emulation.
Function – Incumbation – Voiceprint
Electronica from Dave Sumner, producer, musician, member of the Sandwell Collective (which appears on/off again at regular intervals).
Heliotropes – A Constant Sea – Ribbons
Still coming back to their blend of alternative/stoner/psychedelic rock.
Steve Kilbey – The Idyllist – Zara Thustra
A man as prolific as Kilbey hardly has time to release a solo album, but somehow he does.
Monster Magnet – Last Patrol – Last Patrol
Best album in years, or at least since 2007. But with an oddly elegiac tone to it, and that’s not just due to its title.
Jupiter Lion – Silver Mouth – Silver Constellation
And it’s interesting to see yet another group, this time Spain’s Jupiter Lion, take a go at krautrock/motorik. That they succeed better than there might be any reasonable expectation of them doing is due to a lot more than sheer persistence.