The Songs of 2013

I don’t know if I believe in words anymore. Hence the silence.

December struck with its accompanying force to reflect, look back in anger, add and subtract, cherish and discard, sit back and revel in the sound once more.

Time flew by. Mid-April (snow again!) I managed to hone in on ten songs, the great ones. And in October I finally brought my hyper-subjective soundtrack to life.

Shared with few sentences, my annual list of songs-to-save is here.

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10 • Daughter • Youth

A song on youth saturated with maturity, echoes in the dark and pretty angst. A new generation gone bad. And sometimes good.

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9 • Son Lux • Easy

All in one. Fine sliced tension, heavy saxophones, familiar hardship and buried loneliness. Steady beat with a steady heart while trying to diminish memories and thoughts.

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8 • Autre Ne Veut • Gonna Die

A snail-paced synth reiterates the obvious and a soulful 80s yelp is truth, pushed aside.

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7 • Haim • If I Could Change Your Mind

These Hipstersisters released the best album of the year. A gem that is more Michael Jackson than Fleetwood Mac. Perfect pop constructed and an addiction that comes to fruition at chorus #1. Underneath it all, it’s joy.

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6 • Yeah Yeah Yeahs • Sacrilege

Demonic and coy. The moment of truth where gospel transcends us to Heaven. And on Canada Day at Echo Beach, YYYs delivered a thunderous and electric show. The highest high.

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5 • David Bowie • Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix By James Murphy For The DFA)

Icon2 .Past and present heros on an epic ten-minute voyage, a masterful union of music visionaries. A landmark.

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4 • FKA Twigs • Water Me

Unzip –> Pull out heart –> Sing. The most vulnerable girl in the world and the drop of an artificial tear that forever feels real.

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3 • TEEN • Big Talk

A tidal wave conducted by silken voices. Rocks, slings and arrows thrown, followed by apologies and dancing in corners. And then noise erupts again.

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2 • Phosphorescent • Song For Zula

The grandest testimony of love and heartbreak is also the most beautiful ache, disfigurement and demise.

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1 • The Preatures • Is This How You Feel?

Sugar. Addictive and full of overwhelming groove. This is the most infectious and loved. For a change lacking melancholy or gloom. Still searching. Accompanied by a slightly more upbeat tune. Moderately cheerful and buoyant and well.

This is how I feel.

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