At Streamtime we’re a passionate lot. We’re passionate about our product, we’re passionate about design, we’re passionate about food, we’re passionate about travel, and we’re passionate about music. Music in particular is a big part of our culture. It seemed fitting to end the year with the team’s top picks for 2013.
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
“This album sells sex and alcohol better than twerking, naked women or wrecking balls ever could”
Ginny Blackmore – Bones
“I suppose my reason is that I love the brutal honesty of the lyrics – but it makes me sad to think that a woman in a relationship still has to question whether she is valued/loved… Men are idiots… it inspires me to ensure I capture my wife’s heart, so she never has to doubt me… too sentimental? Sorry…”
Max Cooper – Synesthetes Museum
“Because it’s emotive without words, expressive without themes. It’s an intellectual feast for the ears without a philosophy. It’s beautiful and discordant and syncopated and rhythmic and harmonious. It’s music which takes you places and brings you back changed. It’s music which almost shows you the secret thing, the trick to life, the underlying beauty of everything – that which is sitting just out of mental reach, on the corner of your brain, like the forgotten word on the tip of your tongue. If Dali ever listened to electronic music, this would have been on his iPod. Also an honourable mention to a clown who made me like Lorde.”
Arctic Monkeys – AM
“Sounds like a good band playing together, brilliantly recorded and mixed, and the songs are great (except for maybe 1 or 2)”
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
“I like the (not quite as angry Trent) songs, and it sounds like a man who knows what he’s doing in the studio”
Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse
“The wife and I saw him perform at the Sydney Opera House in November and it was just beautiful. Perfect combination of venue, musicians and music”
“I didn’t have to think, without a doubt my favourite 2013 album is Arctic Monkeys – AM. What a genius album, produced incredibly, it sounds soooo sexy. It’s an evolved sound for them but still such a unique sound. Standout track – Arabella. LOUD.
Runners Up for 2013 album: Lorde – Pure Heroine. 10/10 debut. It’s actually unreal. Courtney Barnett – How to Carve a Carrot Rose. I used to work with Courtney and she’s amazing! Taking the US and Australia by storm.
2013 favourite song: Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener. The accent, the lyrical genius, the guitar and the video.
Runner Up: London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years. Damn those vocals, the heartbreaking ‘reality’ of the lyrics and situation…makes you think you’re living it even when living in pure bliss…? How can music do that?!”
London Grammar – If You Wait
“Fantastic album, unbelievable voice”
Haim – Days Are Gone
“Forever, such a fun song”
Foals – Holy Fire
“Loved Antidotes, this is a bit different, but liking it”
“It’s a tough one to pin down for me: if I look back through my Rdio listening history, there’s a bunch of great music in there that’s not released in 2013, but has been my “favourite” to listen to this year like Ryan Adam’s Gold or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Damn The Torpedos or The Foo Fighters Colour and the Shape. Then there’s albums that have been released this year that are pretty decent and I’ve liked listening to often like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Bastille’s Bad Blood, or the soundtrack to the Dave Grohl directed Sound City.
But the one album that’s really been my favourite for 2013, also just happened to be released this year, and it’s my favourite not necessarily because of the music on it (though it’s bloody good), but for what other music it’s opened up to me. It’s called Made Up Mind by the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Since listening to them by way of a recommendation from a friend, I’ve started listening to all sorts of stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise listen to. Country and folksy inspired sort of stuff, but it’s also got me right back listening to solid, hard, balls out rock.
Bring on some more great music in 2014!”
“Mid 2012 but it’s high on my play list this year – Regina Spektor, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, especially Don’t Leave Me. Also Imagine Dragons Radioactive and On Top Of The World. Albums, of course Lorde, Pure Heroine has been on high rotation, as one would expect, along with Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and Imagine Dragon’s Night Visions. But the best/most played song by far has to be GM Presents and What Does The Fox Say. Oh and for some strange reason Lily Allen’s LDN has surfaced again in my play list this year – can’t get it out of my head and I can make a flat white perfectly in the 3:11 it takes to play. ”
“That’s a tough one!! Top 3 albums:
1. Biffy Clyro – Opposites
Double album from Biffy – I definitely ‘Monned the Biff’ in 2013 – best live band ever! Saw them in 2011 supporting the Foos at the Milton Keynes Bowl and fell in love with them. Me and the kids love this album. Every track is an anthem!
2. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
Alison Goldfrapp’s voice is extraordinary and I found myself wanting to listen to the whole album again and again. Very emotional and very beautiful. Melancholy and yet uplifting.
3. Hey Rube – Can You Hear Me Mutha?
“I am sent shed loads of music from independent labels and lots of it is piffle. One track which my mate Steve Cobby sent me, was from his Hey Rube Project and the album Can You Hear Me Mutha? A track called Mengi Dem Disco Leggy particulary stands out. The whole album is really unusual and very listenable.”
“My favourite album of the year has to be Overgrown by James Blake. This guy’s voice is absolutely mesmerising. Solid song writing, lyrics and beautiful production make for an absolutely epic record. Retrograde is the standout track for me.
Song – Laura Mvula’s Green Garden is a beautiful song. Sparkling production, fantastic vibe and again a truly amazing voice. Great album too (Sing to the Moon).
Honourable mentions also go to Days are Gone by Haim and If You Wait by London Grammar.”
“Hmm. I can’t answer that yet. I generally don’t listen to music unless it can stand through the test of time. So I usually listen to older stuff. Mostly jazz, blues, good old rock… So ask me again in 2023 and I’ll tell you what’s good this year.
Now… some great albums from back in 2003 are:
Admiral Freebee - Admiral Freebee
Carla Bruni – Quelqu ‘un m’a dit
Sioen – See You Naked
I don’t think I’ve purchased any music released in 2013. The most recent is Calexico’s Algiers. It’s a damn good album, so I’m sure I’ll still love that in 2022.”
“My favourite song of the year is Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz ft. Will Heard
It reminds me of the amazing holiday I had in Barcelona this summer.
Favourite album: Lorde - Pure Heroin. It’s just different, I like it.”
“That was really hard but some of the music that has moved me, inspired me and in general kept me sane this year has been (in order of preference):
Young the Giant – My Body
Florence and the Machine – Shake it Out
The Courteeners – Cross my Heart and Hope to Fly
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy or Howlin‘
And the list goes on…”
“I ignored this question for so long because I thought it would be hard. But I was wrong there was no competition whatsoever for me. Hands down, my favourite album of the year is:
Mechanical Bull – Kings of Leon
It has four of my favourite songs of the year:
Wait for Me
Incredible songwriting, tone, production, and playing. Absolutely love it.
Oh and I feel I must add: Common Courtesy by A Day To Remember.
It is my second favourite album of the year, for sheer enjoyment, and the way it makes me feel insanely powerful”
“Without doubt Biffy Clyro – Opposites for album of the year.It’s epic. I still remember the first listen and my jaw spent the entire time of the floor! The songs are fantastic, I think there is only one song on the double record I would skip. Production is top notch. Just a perfect rock album.
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories is also amazing, totally accessible and listenable, you don’t need to be at a club to enjoy. Again production is top notch, recorded in one of my favourite studios with old school production. Favourite track – Doin’ it Right.
Songs of the year:
How Long – How to Destroy Angels – great song with a pretty heavy video clip.
Resolution – Matt Corby takes his track Brother to the next level. A wonderful track.”
“My choice is probably somewhat predictable, but I can’t go past Push the Sky Away – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Nick Cave is an immense talent, whatever project he’s working on, but he’s never more complete than when he’s with the Bad Seeds. This album is spectacular and a standout track for me is Water’s Edge, Warren Ellis’ haunting violin, the percussion, those lyrics, that voice!
I’m also going to mention Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero. A friend introduced me to this Dublin five piece and I’m loving them. The album is infectious and has me tapping my feet whenever I listen to it. ”
“I don’t really have a favourite album or song for 2013. I like some older styles, like Dean Martin and some jazz etc. One album I did buy this year was Michael Bublé’s To Be Loved .”
Kodaline – In a Perfect World
Young the Giant – Young the Giant
San Cisco – San Cisco
“Sweet, simple, fun and heartbreaking, and all with great melodies that stick with you for days. These are the only albums I could listen to this year while I was pregnant. I don’t know why but everything else just sounded like noise.”
What music has inspired you in 2013?