It is never our goal in this site to declare an album or a track better or worst than any other. However, like everyone else, we have our taste and preferences. And we would like to take advantage of the 'best of the year' lists to get maybe not the best ones back, but that album that took our attention or that theme that we thought was interesting.
At the same time, we invite you all to leave their comments. What do you think? Do you agree with our selection? What would you have chosen?
So here they are, without any relevant order, our selected albums in 2013:
This entry in the Ultimae Records catalog fits perfectly the style of the label: downtempo rythms, crystalline atmospheres and ethereal leit-motivs. Miktek, however, dares to give his themes a darker tone than usual.
We consider this the most original soundtrack of the year, a perfect mix of sound design and orchestra, the cold outer space and the epic of survival.
Arnalds mixes electronics and orchestra, too, although his proposal is clearly falling into the second. Classical forms for the most moving music we have received in 2013 from Island.
Tomorrow's harvest (Boards of Canada)
It took these Scottish eight years to release a new album. And it seems as if it were just a few days, because their sound remains the same. Less melodic, more mature, but unmistakable.
Dissappearance (R. Sakamoto & T. Deupree)
The organic atmospheres of Deupree and Sakamoto's piano together? There was no way this could go wrong. Dissappearance is delightful minimal ambient, shiny, complex and brilliant. An ideal listening for moments of loneliness and withdrawal, of peace and hope.
Exactly a year after Movements in Season arrived this Release from Elskavon (Chris Bartels' ambient/neoclassical project). Bartels himself defines the album as "the winter version" of that Movements, and we love winter, more so when it comes in the shape of beautiful electroacoustic themes.
Franco Palmetti (a.k.a Xethis) gives us a list of what he liked most during 2013:
- Aly & Fila - Quiet Storm
- Bajofondo - Presente
- Electron7 - Recto-Verso
- Giuseppe Ottaviani - Magenta
- Lights & Motion - Reanimation
- Ludovico Einaudi - In A Time Lapse
- Manel Le Saux - First Light
- Moisés Daniel - Equilibrium
- Schiller - Sonne Live
- Sound Of Contact - Dimensionaut
On his behalf, Paco Butrón (a.k.a. Cyborgdrive) also shares with us his preferences in 2013. Among them there is synthpop, dubstep, drum'n'bass, Berlin school... After listening to more than 300 albums, these are the ten chosen:
- Bloodgroup - Tracing echoes
- Dallas Campbell - The Protostellar Phase
- Grafton Primary - Neo
- Krewella - Get Wet
- Moonbooter - Zeitenwende
- Ochre - National Ignition
- Pet Shop Boys - Electric
- ShockOne - Universus
- Solar Bears - Supermigration
- Vanderson - Another Day In Future
And being even more precise, these are, according to his opinion, the ten best themes of 2013:
- Bloodgroup - Fall
- Dallas Campbell - Return To Earth
- James Blake - Life Round Here
- John Grant - Black Belt
- Keep Shelly in Athens - Stay Away
- Nils Frahm - Says
- Olafur Arnalds - So Close
- ShockOne - Light Cycles
- Solar Bears - Alpha People
- The M Machine - Ghosts In The Machine