The Final Edition – Velvet Independent’s Top 40, 2013 albums. 40-31



40. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

The New York band returned after their stunning second album Contra; minus the Caribbean, African styles trading these for something more homely for the band. Animatronic vocals on Diane Young conflicting with Ya Hey’s high pitched squeals; MVOTC’s vocal style was as manipulated as Ezra Koenig could possibly make. Not forgetting the beautiful piano trickles of Hannah Hunt’s magic.

Best song from the album: Ya Hey, purely for the YA HEY.


howl for routine

39. This Routine Is Hell – Howl

Hardly passing the 20 minute mark, Howl was outrageously vicious, pausing for what could possibly be only five seconds for the entire album with it’s intense take on Heavy Rock. Nostalgia’s pleasing effects clearly weren’t pleasing in any way whatsoever for the band, with vicious drums and deadly guitars, howling along to the shouting throughout the entire album. A nice bridge for Indie fans to the world of heavier music styles.

Best song from the album: I Wake To See The World Go Wild



38. Swim Deep – Where The Heaven Are We

Cruising alongside Peace and Palma Violets all year, the B-town band produced a glazed delicacy of an album, similar to it’s 90’s influences. Firstly, Intro should not have been called intro and placed next to She Changes The Weather instead. Besides this fatal error, WTHAW serenaded listeners with charming 90’s pop and contemporary Indie chimes on key tracks, Francisco and King City especially. (P.S. I am aware that isn’t the final album art).

Best song from the album: She Changes The Weather with Intro. Just do it and you’ll know why.



37. Bass Drum Of Death – Bass Drum Of Death

Aside from managing to feature on the most successful game ever released (I think), Bass Drum Of Death’s second LP clinged to it’s Freshman style with a dash of Sophomore changes. Altogether, the album was louder, more hysteric,  still contained distorted lyrics, contained two absolute stompers with Crawling After You and Shattered Me, whilst still managing to make vinyl fans freak out over the stroke inducing, repetitive nature of Such A Bore.

Best song from the album: Crawling After You for making GTA V.



36. Pissed Jeans – Honeys

Firstly, if you haven’t seen the video for Bathroom Laughter, youtube it now. Ignoring the bands, questionable name, Honeys is fast paced Punk, screaming down the phone with real Mosh-Pit inducing rhythms. Romanticize Me leads the albums brutal assault of whatever the hell the band is attacking. Maybe Cafeteria Food; ironically their slowests, moodiest song of the entire album, and not totally about Cafeteria food.

Best song from the album: Bathroom Laughter, just for the video.



35. Smith Westerns – Soft Will

If you were looking for 80’s Pop from the 21st Century last year with gloriously singable lyrics; Soft Will was the album you needed to hear. 3AM Spiritual sends you falling through a time paradox of 80’s madness to Crystal Stilts, Surf style  borrowed on the magnificent Fool Proof. Then finishing off, with the grandest finale imaginable, thanks to Varsity’s glistening electronic shimmers and dazed over lyrics.

Best song from the album: Varsity for sounding like a finale and opener at the same time.



34. The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law

To live up to The Big Roar was going to be tough. Joy Formidable took an admirable attempt still producing a stellar album. The Big Roar still lingered in the background of Wolf’s Law especially on This Ladder Is Ours, with the I Don’t Want To See You Like This style. Cholla’s wam’s alongside Little Blimps’ feet stomping instrumentation was enough to ensure the album made a close connection to the bands early roots of 2007.

Best song from the album: Little Blimp.



33. Indians – Somewhere Else

With Indians, echoing, soul hauntingly stunning music, they assured themselves a spot on my favourite albums list (although 33 doesn’t reflect that well). The whole album mimics itself over and over with skipping percussion and bouncing electronics whilst the vocals send soul stopping shivers through different manners to make each track sound microscopically different to it’s earlier self. It’s almost like listening to evolution.

Best song from the album: Lips Lips Lips, it’s hauntingly enchanting.



32. The Men – New Moon

It’s not twilight.

No I kid that’s not the review. The Men’s fourth album in as many years, summoned Rock N Roll throughout the decades. From early 60’s smoother, Blues Rock on the album opener Open The Door. Whilst the intensity of The Ramones’ killer 70’s Punk, kicked in perfectly on Electric. The whole album is a lesson in the art of brilliant Rock N Roll styles. If you find yourself with very little time to research each decade since the 50’s. Listen to New Moon

Best song from the album: Without A Face. There’s a Harmonica. How could you not love it.



31. Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion

Crocodiles brand of New Wave, Garage Rock has placed them as one of my favourite bands ever birthed. Beside their somewhat confusing song titles (Heavy Metal Clouds), each song uses smooth lyrics and sketching guitar tones to ooze in and out of your mind as freely as the air we breathe. Passion’s key attribute is making listeners want to go round smashing up whatever they can whilst smoking a cig in an old Camaro drinking cheap beer. That’s how I see it.

Best song from the album: Heavy Metal Clouds. Beside the title name it’s quite something.


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