The Top 25 Albums of 2013
The Grand Return
Following a 3-year hiatus, I am finally back with another list. As usual, this was no easy task. Relistening to each album, choosing the right songs as samples, and writing up unrepetitive blurbs took up a good chunk of my free time over the past few weeks. But it had to be done. After listening to over 100 albums released in 2013, I was surprised to go back and see how brilliant music has been this year. Hard evidence for the fact that music can never die and it will grow and progress for the rest of our lives.
The Field – Cupid’s Head
The Field has a gift. Alex Willner can start a beat, a loop, repeat it ad infinitum with slight variation and occasional shifts, then 10 minutes later you say… damn that was TEN minutes?! In the good way, of course. Three great albums have led to this one and it’s exactly what I expected and desired. Willner has got his niche (minimal techno?) locked down and I don’t expect anyone to dethrone him anytime soon. Cupid’s Head is a novel batch of hypnotizing patterns and rhythms. Multiple listens are a must in order to deconstruct the rich detail and layering.