Fishpork’s 10 Favorite Albums of 2013

This year was filled with veteran artists adding worthy contributions to already impressive discographies (The National, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Deerhunter). Then, there were new monikers from Fishpork favorites (Crooks on Tapes and Ginkgo) that surprised us with a reinvented sound. And, of course, Keaton Henson’s anticipated sophomore release lived up to our self-induced hype. On the other hand, our most anticipated album of the year crashed and burned on arrival (The Knife’s Shaking the Habitual), and the listening experience didn’t improve upon countless repeat listens. Here is the list that got the most plays on our iPods this year, our favorite albums of 2013:

1. Foals – Holy Fire

Holy Fire flawlessly finds balance between epic, fist-pumping stadium anthems and artistic songwriting and layered soundscapes, between challenging song structures and pop hooks, and between nearly all elements of the emotional spectrum”

2. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

“The album is darker, more focused, and more inspired than anything they’ve done before.”

3. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

“Throw in the guitar work from the legendary Lindsey Buckingham, and Reznor has officially driven NIN into new, reinventive territory with an eye on what has earned him past praises.”

4. Keaton Henson – Birthdays

“These tracks represent everything we love about Henson and his inability to get over past lovers. In the end, Birthdays is an incredibly moody, diverse, and slightly uneven record that will hopefully gain Keaton more fans.”

5. Moderat – II

“It’s a near-perfect exploration of minimalist and mood-driven electronica, a step above Nosaj Thing’s Home from earlier this year.”

6. Nosaj Thing – Home

“Where Drift featured a variety of electronic styles mashed into one cohesive record, Home is more focused, more emotional, and just plain better.”

7. Ginkgo – Manopause

“Keep your bloated Green Day and Mumford and Sons albums, I’ll take Grier’s songwriting and vocals any day.”

8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

“As much as the band tries to deny the label, The National makes melancholy songs with morose lyrics. And Trouble Will Find Me may be even gloomier than its predecessor.”

9. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

“There is something innately appealing and magical about this sound, and Daft Punk have harnessed it. It’s hard to ignore the obvious influences and homage being paid at every corner of the record.”

10. Local Natives – Hummingbird

“While the influence of Dessner is clear, Local Natives deliver a more focused and cohesive effort than 2010′s top-heavy Gorilla Manor. Hummingbird is an absolute triumph in every aspect.”

Honorable Mention:

Crooks on Tape – Fingerprint

Eric Copeland – Joke in the Hole

The Strokes – Comedown Machine

Dr. Dog – B-Room

Sigur Ros – Kveikur

Mark Written by:

Avid concert goer and film buff obsessed with indie and electronic music.

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