The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.
Guaranteed, you’ve never heard anything quite like the laments belted out by Colleen Collins in Dark Lark’s second track, “Black Dirt”—sample it up above. The withering wails of a melting Wicked Witch, perhaps? “I feel the presence of an aneurysm of regret!”
There’s no way around it: Construction & Destruction have handed us an evil album. Its occupants fight off storming hordes, perpetually dwell at death’s door and repeatedly find themselves tossed about by the fates in a world where medieval battles meet modern malaise. You almost feel cursed, holding this thing in your hands—like it’ll bring misfortune to anyone who touches it (you should totally listen to it anyway).
Come for the haunted castle vibe, stick around for the unlikely pop sensations like “Cato” (audio below)—“Humiliation burnin’ all over!”