Monday, 16 December 2013

The Top 30 Tracks Of 2013

Article by soul1@thesoundofconfusion.com

It's that time again, the time when we glance back over another year of music which our human minds like to arrange into particular orders: lists. Yes, everyone likes a good list, and so, whittled down from a shortlist of around 200 songs from the thousands of releases we've covered this year, I'll now unveil the top 30. There will be tunes you like, some you probably don't, some you've possibly yet to hear, and plenty of free downloads, so check the bottom right of the streams for those. The whole lot can be streamed in order using the handy playlist on the right of the screen. If your favourite band or track isn't here, then look out for it next Monday when I run down the top albums of the year, and also towards the end of the month when we look at individual writers' own choices. And if it's still not there, then rest assured, it's definitely at number 31...


30) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Let The Day Begin




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29) Georgian Waters - Midsummer Air




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28) Zoo Zero - Fraktion




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27) The Sorry Shop - Know Me Right




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26) Crown Estate - Battlesbridge




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25) Smith Westerns - Varsity




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24) Maria False - Mary



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23) Glasvegas - If


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22) Sad Day For Puppets - Cold Hand




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21) Camera Obscura - Do It Again



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20) W.H.I.T.E. - I Wasn't Afraid




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19) Yuck - Rebirth




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18) Suede - Barriers



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17) Babyshambles - Nothing Comes To Nothing




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16) Dean Wareham - Emancipated Hearts




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15) Phantom Runners - It Takes Me Away



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14) Silver 6 - Wide Awake




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13) Black Hearted Brother - UFO



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12) Sad Day For Puppets - Senseless




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11) Azure Blue - Willows & Pines




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10) China Rats - Reeperbahn




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9) Elephant - Skyscraper




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8) Veronica Falls - Broken Toy




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7) Mona & Maria - My Sun




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6) Sad Day For Puppets - Human Heart




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5) Hospital Ships - Come Back To Life



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4) Azure Blue - The Road I Know (featuring Julia Vero)




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3) Sad Day For Puppets - Bye Bye




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2) Girl One And The Grease Guns - Jessica 6



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OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE YEAR

Venera 4 - Deaf Heartbeats


Our original review:

"What a find this lot are turning out to be. New to Venera 4? A few vital statistics: they're a quartet from Paris who make shoegaze-infused indiepop tunes that will leave a lasting impression. As far as we know they really got going last year when they released a couple of singles, and then came to our attention in the summer with the free download 'Haunted Summer'. They're set to release new EP 'Deaf Hearts' on October 7th. 'Haunted Summer' will be on there along with another four tracks, including this new single.

'Deaf Heartbeats' doesn't need another listen so you can check if it really is that good: it actually really is that good. Building gently with some ambient sounds, the song bursts into life in a kaleidoscopic explosion of guitars and electronics and magic. The verses recall your favourite indiepop and shoegaze bands, and the chorus is a show-stopper. Spilling over with excess melody and the same sound explosion that gave it such a grand entrance, it somehow feels like a life-force pumping through your veins. An over the top description? Maybe to some, but others will get exactly what I'm talking about.



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