December 9, 2013

My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Rolo Tomassi's James Spence
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Rolo Tomassi's James Spence

For every day of December, we're going to be bringing out the Top 10 albums or films of the year, chosen by someone who we think has excellent taste to show off.

Today it's the turn of Rolo Tomassi mainman James Spence, who's currently hard at work on the follow-up to the band's brilliant Astraea album. Let's see what he's gone for...


Rhye - Woman

"A record I can only really describe as "intimate". The back story coupled with the way demo's or at least early versions of the tracks were released is just wonderful."
Deafheaven - Sunbather
"Easily my favourite album of the year and in my opinion, the most creatively inspiring 'heavy' record since Jane Doe by Converge. This was my most anticipated release of 2013 and it didn't disappoint. Almost flawless."
Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat
"Haunting and beautiful. The kind of album that takes you somewhere else."
Dutch Uncles - Out Of Touch In The Wild
"Their best and most complete record to date. The string arrangements are a great addition to their awkward but awesome signature sound and Duncan is one of the most underrated vocalists in the UK as far as I'm concerned."
These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds
"A remarkable departure from their first record but ultimately their most fully realized album."
Astraea Rolo Tomassi
Chelsea Wolfe
Chelsea Wolfe
Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
"I've enjoyed Fuck Buttons evolution from record to record and introduction of a more beat driven sound on this album really pushes what they do forward."
Satelliti - Transistor
"Somewhere inbetween Goblin, Zombi and Woe sonically. Hypnotic, heavily synthesized instrumentals, amazing musicianship."
Claw The Thin Ice - Ponywalker
"Brilliantly crafted indie/college-rock songs. Honest lyrics, catchy melodies. A great listen over summer."
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty
"Following the stripped back acoustic Flatlands, it was great to hear Chelsea Wolfe with a full band again. A true progression from release to release. Her best record to date."
Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory and Injury
"Intense, ugly but a compelling listen. Not for the faint hearted."
Rolo Tomassi - Ex Luna Scientia

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