There’s something very powerful and real about the honesty and aggression seeped out on Touché’s third LP …Is Survived By. To think that the band would find a way to improve upon what they did on Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me is kind of astonishing since that record was quite good in itself. But lyrically and musically, Touché proved us wrong and created what stands as their greatest work yet.
Finally coming to fruition after a handful of EPs and what not, the band’s debut serves as a platter of entries to their noodling, swaying, vocally jarring brand of emo music. Bridging post-rock and indie to the genre in a way that is both a bit more accessible but still musically intriguing, these guys and gals found a way to deliver on the hints of engulfing textures and catchy melodies this band has been known for. Simply put – a certainly fitting debut.
Hip-hop in 2013 was a bit of a mixed bag. Not that Drake’s newest effort wasn’t good enough to stand out of the pack, but in a small handful of truly great releases in the genre, I found myself coming back to this record more often than not. Yes, it feels like a bit of a continuation of Take Care at times – and perhaps, yes, Kanye’s approach to MBDTF has rubbed off on this record. But more often than not, this record is memorable and engaging in a way that Drake hasn’t been since his earlier days as a rapper, all without completely shedding the vibes of R&B he’s been engraining for some time.
The Earth Pushed Back was not a record I was particularly looking forward to when it released earlier this year. To be honest, I did not know of its release or the music Have Mercy played until a short time before the record came out. But there’s something powerful with this record in how it meets midwestern emo and vivacious, honest rock with heart-tugging lyrics and brilliant songwriting. I think this record does enough to speak for itself, but if you’ve somehow slept on this band – get acquainted immediately.
Deafheaven is a band I was only vaguely familiar with prior to 2013. But from the opening moments of hitting play on this record, I knew there was something special about this record. It is a challenging, aggressive, yet beautiful ode to the ideas of heavy and light when it comes to metal. At its blackest moments, the album annihilates your ears without resent, but then can flip the switch and drown you in sunny riffs just as confidently. It stands as the artistic pinnacle of music in 2013 – an almost snap pick for record of the year.
Most Anticipated: Brand New