On a personal note, 2013 has been a great year for me musically, with my first Glastonbury added to my five previous Reading Festival experiences, with the highlights of a truly awesome weekend being Portishead, Savages, The Staves, Haim, Johnny Marr, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave, The xx, and obviously The Rolling Stones. Add to these brilliant gigs by Laura Marling, Poliça, Sigur Ros, Wild Nothing, Tegan and Sara, Summer Camp, and the three times I've seen Daughter (obsessed) and this has been another great year for live music.
I have also seen my music writing reach a wider audience this year through my reviews for Australia's Blunt Magazine, and locally for Counteract Magazine.
So, without further ado, here are my top 20 albums from 2013.
- Daughter - If You Leave
- Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
- The National - Trouble Will Find Me
- Arcade Fire - Reflektor
- Savages - Silence Yourself
- Local Natives - Hummingbird
- Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
- Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
- London Grammar - If You Wait
- Summer Camp - Summer Camp
- Haim - Days Are Gone
- Sigur Ros - Kveikur
- James Blake - Overgrown
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
- David Bowie - The Next Day
- Anna Calvi - One Breath
- Poliça - Shulamith
- Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
- My Bloody Valentine - mbv
- Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen
And here is a playlist of some tunes I've listened to a lot this year, in no particular order.