30 Really Good Records Of 2013

October 20, 2013

Deafheaven - Sunbather

So, right now, I’m trying to make sense of the year so far, in order to deliver ranked top tens for a couple of ‘outlets’. (Can I say outlets? You know what I mean. Magazines what I does write for on the sometime.) It’s still early, so I expect my pack will shuffle after delivery (pretty soon) – but right now I think my ten will come from this unranked 30.

Any guidance, anyone?

Run The Jewels logo

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Pissed Jeans – Honeys
Teeth Of The Sea – Master
Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
James Holden – The Inheritors
Kilo Kish – K+
Forest Swords – Engravings
These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal

Outfit – Performance
Machinedrum – Vapor City
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
Thundercat – Apocalypse
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Russian Circles – Memorial
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Moderat – II

Darkside – Psychic
True Widow – Circumambulation
The Icarus Line – Slave Vows
Tim Hecker – Virgins
65daysofstatic – Wild Light
Daughter – If You leave
The Underachievers – Indigoism
Amateur Best – No Thrills
inc. – No World
Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say Light

These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds

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Forgotten Noughties #7: Adam Gnade, Run Hide Retreat Surrender

May 11, 2011

Adam Gnade - Run Hide Retreat Surrender

Adam Gnade
Run Hide Retreat Surrender

Loud + Clear, 2005

Sometimes I can’t write, my fingers frozen by what’s unfolding in my ears, even several spins down the line. That happened here: I struggled to review this record. I did find interviewing its San Diego-born maker easy, though – you can read the piece on Drowned in Sound HERE. Adam’s music – “talking songs”: spoken-word explorations of the heart and all its bruises, set to folk imbued with worn-down soul, wearing spit-shined shoes and drinking from whatever bottle the hand can grasp the quickest and tightest; disaffected, malformed, inspirational – really had no precedent in my head. Of course it did in The Wider World. But let’s not go there when we can sink, instead, into a record that to this day can leave me just a little shaken up. I should be grateful, I suppose. At least I can move now – apt, as Run Hide Retreat Surrender (commas, optional) is a collection inspired by movement, by travel, and all the experiences that one can encounter in the vast unknown of the USA.

Adam Gnade – Dance to the War

Adam Gnade – Shout the Battle Cry for Freedom