ShaneXedge’s Top Picks of 2013

 Welcome to Staff Picks week here at Postrockstar! This week our writers will be going over their favorite albums of 2013.

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Deafheaven – Sunbather

“No real surprise here for anyone that knows me at all (or read my review here of this album). This album has continued to impress me with each listen, and is easily my most listened to record of the year. “

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

“If I were to do a tie for first place, this would be side by side with Deafheaven. An absolutely incredible record, and (in my opinion) a big improvement from previous releases. I can listen to this whole album on repeat for days.”

The Fauns – Lights

“Speaking of big improvements, The Fauns really outdid themselves on this release. SOme of the best shoe gaze/dream pop I’ve heard in years. “4 AM” is very easily my favorite song of 2013. Here’s to hoping for a US tour…”

Lumbar – The First and Last Days of Unwelcome

“I won’t get too into the details of this record here (as I could go on and on), but it’s absolutely crushing. Lyrics and music born from the pain that one of the members (Aaron Edge) goes through as a result of MS, it’s NOT an easy listen. Unbearably heavy, both musically and emotionally. Definitely worth a little searching online to find all of the details.”

Light Bearer – Silver Tongue

“I don’t know that I’ll ever not be a fan of the music that these guys put out (whether it’s as Light Bearer, or in any of the various associated acts). That said, I think this album fell a little from the greatness that was Lapsus, but it’s still an incredible record.”

Touché Amore – Is Survived By

“I don’t listen to nearly as much hardcore as I used to, but Touché Amore certainly isn’t textbook hardcore. This is a gorgeous record, everything from the music to the lyrics to the artwork is stunning.”

Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day

“2013 had a couple of very notable bands reemerge from their slumber, and in my opinion, none did it better than Mazzy Star. Granted, the band never technically broke up, they just stopped releasing music. Whatever the case, Seasons of Your Day is a marvelous return.”

Locrian – Return to Annihilation

“Lociran is not an easy band to pin a genre on – black metal, drone, electronic… who knows. With that in mind, don’t expect an album that will play in the background while you go about your day. This is an incredibly complex, attention grabbing record, and should have your full attention.”

Volcano Choir – Repave

“I’m typically a sucker for most things that Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) does, but even with that little tidbit, this album is fantastic. Gorgeous indie rock with touches of folk (of course), and even a hint of post-rock here and there. The guitar work is sparse at times, but absolutely awesome.”

Celeste – Animale(s)

“Another band that’s hard to place into a neatly laid out genre, Celeste is a French “black metal” band that certainly doesn’t fit the mold (none of the band had even listened to any black metal before people started mentioning the supposed influences to them). Heavy, dark, and beautiful, all the hallmarks of a Celeste release.”