Sean’s Favourite Albums of 2013

For the last day of our Best Of 2013 staff lists I present you with my 10 favourite albums of the year! Also included are 5 albums that nearly made the cut, a 2014 band to watch, and a spotlight on one veteran artist who’s still putting out great records, all from MapleMusic Recordings & Fontana North’s Social Media & Website Manager, Sean Andernacht.

10. Sights & Sounds – Silver Door           9. The Dodos – Carrier                                 8. Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind
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7. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual       6. Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On  5. Mikal Cronin – MCIISA Shaking_The_Habitual_PackshotMoonface Julia With Blue Jeans OnBC Mikal-Cronin-MCII
4. Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault        3. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe              2. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven                                   Less Youth
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1. Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Immunity still surprises me with every listen. Even as it’s playing while I type this out textures and sounds jump out at me for the first time. Each beautiful new moment I find becomes one I end up eagerly waiting for on the next spin. Couple the lush production with some of the most elegant songwriting in electronic music this year and what you’re left with are eight emotive tracks – one of which I wouldn’t mind as the soundtrack to my dying breaths – that are far too human to have come from electronics. I’m sure many concerned folks on the subway have watched me groove way too hard to this record and I expect many, many more will in the years to come.

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5 Albums That Barely Didn’t Make The Cut And Deserve To Be Mentioned

Ryan Hemsworth – Still Awake
Darkside – Psychic
Disclosure – Settle
James Blake – Overgrown
Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
Burial – Rival Dealer (Added after posting)

Band To Watch Out For in 2014

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

Artist Who’s Been Around For Over 30 Years And Proves Once Again That They Know What They’re Doing

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