A year can only be what you make of it. In 2013 the artists behind these 10 albums chose to dig deep and offer up music that provides a map to navigate one's own emotional landscape.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX have picked their "Songs of the Year," and the resulting list -- spanning all manner of sounds and styles, ranging from radio hitmakers to local heroes -- forms a pretty comprehensive (and thoroughly enjoyable) look back at the year in music that was 2013.
Qiet is one vowel short of being a misnomer, as the shape-shifting, Huntington, W.Va.-based big band (as in one never knows how many members it will have at any musical moment) slams together everything from gypsy jazz to indie pop to wild rock to soul and funk. The latter gets fully amped-up on the new track "Get Found."
Echoes of girl-group pop reverberate through the music of Montreal singer and songwriter Kate Cooper (known for her work with An Horse and Iron On), especially "Flood," with its contemporary wall-of-sound production and bracing chorus.
As 2013 draws to close, we asked the DJs of 88.1 KDHX to look back on all the records they heard this year and pick their favorite albums. From blues to bluegrass, indie rock to pop, country to folk, reggae to rock 'n' roll, these lists capture the soundtrack of a great year in music.
As KDHX reaches the end of an era and begins broadcasting from the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media in Grand Center, we're also reaching the end of 2013.
There's always been something just a little icy about dream pop, but when coupled with a pulsing bass, a sincere, delicate falsetto and a finely detailed mix, the chill really can carry you away. "Best Intentions" by Los Angeles band Satchmode (Gabe Donnay and Adam Boukis) does just that.
Channeling a bit of Northern soul with beefy horns, inspired backing vocals and a sharp groove, New York musician PT Walkley seduces on the new track "Siren."
Los Angeles isn't just a city; it's an idea. It's ground zero for fantasy and failing, "the end of the world" as one writer put it. The band Memoir channels those themes into a contemporary soul-pop sound that has "learned to fly" beyond the city of angels.