13.12.2013

Top Albums, 2013


It was another year of eagerly trying to replace digits on the balance with compositions of sound that wouldn't be instantly recognisable to the cochlea. And not only sounds but emotional make-ups with a distortive element: Joy that is strong precisely because it is suggestive. Aggression found in the less obviously frenetic. Darkness that isn
t just black magic paint smeared all over. The long road to the simplest of reliefs. The musical equivalents of The Slap. Pop intertwined with Stop.

I don
t think I quite found the music I was looking for this year but the search did produce a significant number of genuinely good albums by household favourites and previously unidentified conjurers. What these works communicated with some gravity is that notions of genre have very little to do with the inner character of music. Moreover, 2013 further clarified the sentiment that juxtapositions between the "organic" and the "electronic" in music are tedious and, more often than not, misguided to begin with. When a specific sound is untraceable to any particular instrument or effect, it has the tendency to become all the more intriguing. Structure is crucial. Thanks to Antti (The Serpent Bearer) and Geoff (The Asgard Root) for the introduction of some very interesting bodies of music.

1. THE KNIFE Shaking the Habitual
2. THE NATIONAL Trouble Will Find Me
3. PIMEYS Muut on jo menneet
4. BOARDS OF CANADA Tomorrow’s Harvest
5. FOREST SWORDS Engravings
6. TIM HECKER Virgins
7. DAFT PUNK Random Access Memories
8. SUOMEN TULLI Kolme kevättä
9. MINÄ JA VILLE AHONEN Mia
10. MATTI JOHANNES KOIVU Matti Johannes Koivu
11. BEASTMILK Climax
12. IN SOLITUDE Sister
13. JÄTKÄJÄTKÄT Marian sairaala
14. HAIM Days Are Gone
15. JAAKKO & JAY Rauha
16. SMALL HOUSES Exactly Where You Wanted to Be
17. THE RUINS OF BEVERAST Blood Vaults
18. ULVER Messe I.X-VI.X
19. RIITAOJA Mantereelle
20. STEVE IVANDER Olen musta
21. RUGER HAUER Ukraina
22. SOKEA PISTE Välikäsi
23. HIDDEN MASTERS Of This & Other Worlds
24. ARCADE FIRE Reflektor
25. RISTO II
26. IRON & WINE Ghost on Ghost
27. JULIA HOLTER Loud City Song
28. PAAVOHARJU Joko sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen sinne
29. JEX THOTH Blood Moon Rise
30. SAMMAL Sammal
31. EURO CRACK Huume
32. VORUM Poisoned Void
33. TAX Paximus Maximus
34. ASA Foetida – Use Your Illusion III
35. DEATH HAWKS Death Hawks
36. TALIB KWELI Prisoner of Conscious
37. JALAVA Näin muistan meidät
38. JACCO GARDNER Cabinet of Curiosities
39. PMMP Matkalaulu
40. CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
41. CIRCLE Six-Day Run
42. SIN COS TAN Afterlife
43. ROKIA TRAORÉ Beautiful Africa
44. PIKKU KUKKA Merelle
45. STERLING SISTERS Hale
46. FALCON Frontier
47. HELL Curse and Chapter
48. JANNE LAURILA & TUHLAAJAPOJAT s/t
49. ENFORCER Death by Fire
50. SPEEDTRAP Powerdose
51. CARCASS Surgical Steel
52. GUNS OF GLORY On the Way to Sin City
53. TRIBULATION The Formulas of Death
54. BATHS Obsidian
55. JESSY LANZA Pull My Hair Back
56. PUISET HEILAT Surrealistinen yönäytös
57. MUNLY & THE LEE LEWIS HARLOTS Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots
58. JUMALHÄMÄRÄ Resitaali
59. MÖRKÖ Itsensä nimeävä
60. J. KARJALAINEN Et ole yksin
 
EPs:
BALLET SCHOOL Boys Again
PAPERI T & KHID Ex Ovis Pullus Non Natis Serò Fit Ullus
YOUNG FATHERS Tape Two
MAGENTA SKYCODE We Will Be Warm
Bikini Daze
PIPAR SISAR Ensimmäisenä kulkeva Tähti on sinun tähtesi

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