[acc title=”When Saints Go Machine – Infinity Pool (DK)”]
After the release of former album Konkylie it seemed more than difficult for our own WSGM to release a successful follow-up album. It seems like they couldn’t care less what people thought. They just release a kickass follow-up anyways and have managed to struck a perfect balance between pushing boundaries and making people dance. They blow me away at Spot festival in town, and have had some interesting featurings. The perfect mix for a best-of-2013 album. Only days ago Statens Kundsfond also announced the boys as winners in the category Rytmisk Musik – well done boys!
[acc title=”Karl William – 1. Sal (DK)”]
I know this is only an EP, but it deserves to be on this list. While Miley Cyrus conquered the US, this local Aarhus boy conquered the Danish underground scene while studying at High school – go home Miley! Earlier on I reviewed this masterpiece and rewarded it 4/5 stars, and still I can’t wait for his debut album. He really found himself and his own sound on this EP, a sound I can best describe as soulful rap music. If he dares, I would love to hear English lyrics from the local boy – no matter what he still deserves a spot on this list.
[acc title=”Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (USA)”]
It’s disparate musical ideas mixed with refreshing pop. It’s old days meeting tomorrow. Then again, if this album were released twenty-five years ago it would have been an utterly baffling affair. The really impressing thing about this piece of art, is the way New-York based Vampire Weekend have managed to make a shift from the narrative that has up until now defined them as a band. They’ve created an album that fits for almost every atmosphere – from winter nights to sunny days at the beach with your mates.
[acc title=”Foals – Holy Fire (UK)”]
This is sublime. Six years – that’s how long this record has been in the making. I’m still impressed and it seems like quality takes time to produce. With this new record the boys have managed to focus their many success, triumphs and missteps into one cohesive statement. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see them perform earlier on at Train in town, but oh boy – Holy fire if could turn back time!
[acc title=”Arctic Monkeys – AM (UK)”]
This fifth record is without a doubt the absolute most incredible album of their career. I can’t put a finger on one single track from this one. It’s been called one of the best albums of the decade, and oh boy how I agree! It’s leatherjackets and creamy hair. Invite a girl home for dinner, put on Arctic Monkeys’ AM and just seconds later you will have a kid! This is raw yet elegant! In the end AM not only signifies a career-defining moment that neatly places the band on a proper pedestal for all to admire – this is where not only Arctic Monkeys have come but in many ways, how they’ve masterfully conquered and continue to simply WIN!
[acc title=”Haim – Days are Gone (USA)”]
If one bass face should define the year of 2013 it would definitely be the one of Este Haim. I clearly remember at the start of SOA, before we even know what name to choose, we wrote about the Los Angeles girls – days later BBC featured them in the Breaking Sound 2013 series. Even though these girls only just released their debut album they’ve handled to perform at both Glastonbury and Saturday Night Live. Impressing year girls, just… Impressing year!
[acc title=”Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Day (USA)”]
His music is in a wakeful meditative state. If you look at his long hair you might even find yourself thinking that he seems slightly out of time. As a guy who canøt quite deal with the constant updates of his own generation, ending up finding more in common with legends like Neil Young guitar solos. No matter what, he can figure out how to write lyrics and create music. This is brilliant. A little tip too: Close your eyes, count to ten while hearing Kurt Vile and you’re more than ready to study for hours – Dig in!
[acc title=”CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe (SCO)”]
I remember this band as one of the first I ever wrote about on Sound of Aarhus. At that time they had only released one single video featuring a baby running around the woods. The track The Mother We Share struck me immediately. Since then a lot of things have happened, and the video doesn’t exist anymore, and is no longer available. With that said Sound of Aarhus still has it! I really don’t believe that buzz will be dying down anytime soon for this band, cause the three artists really have extreme talent and have already conquered the most of UK. It’s an absolute blast from start to finish with astonishing vocals from Lauren Mayberry.
[acc title=”Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe (UK)”]
This is the lo-fi, Prince-adoring project of aesthetic Devonté (Dev) Hynes. He was earlier voted the 49th ‘coolest person in rock’ in NME’s 2007 Cool List. With that said, this Blood Orange project isn’t rock at all. He wrote Solanges’ Knowles Losing You and Sky Ferreira’s Everything Is Embarrassing so he’s kind of a guy in modern music making. His album Cupid Deluxe works like the soundtrack for an old movie from the last century. It’s the eighties mixed with modern 2013 vibes. It’s elegant and confident yet vulnerable.
[acc title=”Rhye – Woman (DK/CAN)”]
Even the album cover is tasteful – like that the album from Danish-Canadian duo Rhye is intimate, elegant and mysterious. Actually the two released without any information, and then later revealed that the duo consisted of Mike Milosh and our own Quadron-member Robin Hannibal. This album has really helped me finish some paragraphs and articles for Sound of Aarhus in 2013. I can’t wait to see what next year will bring for two already busy musicians like these two.
[acc title=”The 1975 – The 1975 (UK)”]
This is sex and quite a lot of drugs, but when lead-singer Healy gets it just right, he is able to capture the complete felling of having a GOOD time! I can’t have anything but respect for a band who writes a whole track, wondering if there’s any point in getting a blowjob from a girl who already has a boyfriend. This is an album I can always rely on – always press play and end with repeat. Unfortunately no booker in Aarhus took the chance and booked these British boys, but when Loppen in Copenhagen took the chance earlier on – it sold out in no time.
[acc title=”The Neighbourhood – I Love You. (USA)”]
Like with The1975 this is also a debut album. While they could easily go darker and grizzlier with this one, I Love You still archives what only a few debuts can, by making one hell of an opening statement. I’ve really used this album almost everyday since release. I have to admit that I really thought about putting their new EP from 2013 on the list as well, but next year they will hopefully release their forthcoming album which it seems like will be kicking as much ass as this one – I can’t wait!
[acc title=”Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time (USA)”]
Lets make one thing clear, this album may sound really lovely and you may even think the videos are supposed to turn you on. They are not. In fact the entire album is emboldened by the power to make you feel icky by constantly focusing on our cultural obsessions with confession and live-tweeted female breakdowns to hock back in our faces like spitballs. It’s like a soundtrack from The Breakfast Club in a good way! We are talking electropop hooks straight from the eighties mixed with some of the modern heaviness of Icona Pop. Furthermore, she also has a featuring in the video for Diane Young from the Vampire Weekend album featured above.