With 2013 ending in a mere number of days, it’s only fitting to reflect on how the past year played out, literally and musically – glossing over the bad times and highlighting my most content times. There was plenty of good music and records – both old and new – discovered that made it something memorable.
This band was solely brought back to my attention from someone I knew this year. Back when these guys were actually making new music, I regretfully didn’t take to them. However, this was the year I fell hard for Underoath, and boy am I grateful for that. I only have great memories linked to these records, it was a great Summer after all.
Standout tracks: A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White, Reinventing Your Exit, Down Set Go, It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door, You’re Ever So Inviting, A Moment Suspended In Time…basically every track on both albums!!!
Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Scary Kids, Scaring Kids
Autumn was a tricky time and this played heavily throughout. It also happens to be my absolute favourite record that I found this year. Although I listened to this during my most stressed, I don’t associate it with anything bad. It’s too flawless a record.
Standout tracks: Faces, Free Again, The Deep End
I listened to this record all throughout the core Summer months. It was the perfect accompaniment to those lazy, long hot days that we had here in London this year. It became my morning ritual listening to this record while getting ready for the day ahead, so it reminds me of short skirts and silk scarfs tied in my hair…
Standout tracks: Only Love, Keep Your Head Up, Old Pine
I can only thank Spotify for recommending me this perfect record. It travelled with me every morning in August as I commuted to my new job that I was still unsure about at the time. This kept me sane.
Standout tracks: Last Goodbye, No More Waiting, You’re Not Alone, Keep On Moving
A Flash Flood Of Colour
This album was the soundtrack during my trip home to New York City earlier this year, and continued to be what I played over and over again while I took countless trains back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan every day.
I was re-introduced to the band through this record. I loved them for years earlier but fell out with their sound as I didn’t like their previous release. However, this was the year they won me over once again!
Standout tracks: …Meltdown, Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here, Arguing With Thermometers
From this list it’s fairly evident that I love metal, I love indie, I love emo, but I love screamo even more. Looking ahead, I can’t wait to hear what 2014 will sound like.
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