First the disclaimer:
This list is based solely on the albums I bought (Not many but slightly more than last year) or that were recommended to me by friends in the year 2014 and is in no way reflective or representative of the actual music scene or lists made by ‘proper’ music blogs, websites and magazines which are much more informative and trendier when it comes to putting together ‘best of’ lists. So there.
10- Company – The Drink
9 – Rave Tapes – Mogwai
8 – New Gods – Withered Hand
7 – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – Thom Yorke
6 – American Interior – Gruff Rhys
5 – Nikki Nack – Tune-Yards
4 – They Want My Soul – Spoon
3 – Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn
2 – Total Strife Forever – East India Youth
1 – At Best, Cuckold – Avi Buffalo
As in previous years, this list is based solely on the albums I bought (this year, not many) or that were recommended to me by friends in the year 2013 and is in no way reflective or representative of the actual music scene or lists made by ‘proper’ music blogs, websites and magazines which are much more informative and trendier when it comes to putting together ‘best of’ lists. So there.
The funny thing was, I really wanted to hate Vampire Weekend as being overrated, over-produced tosh (I don’t think Contra has aged well at all) but I cannot fault the songwriting on this album (It has matured a lot) and I grew to like the album even more with each listen. I also really didn’t want to believe the hype surrounding Savages, but actually you CAN believe it. It just goes to show how wrong I can be..
10 – Trouble Will Find Me – The National
9 – The Electric Lady – Janelle Monáe
8 – mbv – My Bloody Valentine
7 – Immunity – Jon Hopkins
6 – Tomorrow’s Harvest – Boards of Canada
5 – Les Revenants – Mogwai
4 – Monomania – Deerhunter
3 – Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
2 – Silence Yourself – Savages
1 – Slow Focus – Fuck Buttons
2013 was a relatively quiet year for Untitled Fruit Company although it certainly wasn’t a quiet year for Glenn Pepper. I kept up my ‘A Photo a Day’ project for 3 months before I fell behind, and once you fall behind on a project called ‘A Photo a Day’, you aren’t exactly going to catch up.
This year, I have mainly been parenting, working, parenting, working, re-locating, moving house, parenting, working, stopping leaks, parenting, working, growing up and parenting.
Music-wise, I’ve only managed to pick up my guitar 3 times this year although since relocating a month ago to East Sussex, I have been dabbling with some synth apps on the long train rides to and fro to London so I am very much hoping to have some tablet composed music recorded and available to download before too long.. Who knows? I generally find it hard to commit to anything at the moment that doesn’t involve making money (via more stable, IT means) or looking after a small child.
Anyway, here’s to 2014. Maybe this is going to be the BIG one?