FILTER’s Top 10 of 2013: Sean Stentz, Of NO
By Staff on December 27, 2013
When it comes to end-of-year lists, it's definitely not all about us; we love to know what our favorite musicians and artists have been digging the most out of 2013, too, and we're thrilled to share those lists here.
Echo Park's own alt-indie rock sextet NO has had one hell of a year, and we here at FILTER are thrilled that we got to be around to see most of it! NO bookended their 2013 live dates by playing one of our SXSW showcases early this spring and got to rock in their own backyard for the fourth annual Culture Collide in the fall. 2014 looks even brighter for the guys who just announced their debut full-length LP, El Prado, which will be released on February 18th (via Arts & Crafts). Below, the band's own Sean Stentz gives us an excellent list of of his favorite albums of 2013.
Sean Stentz, Of NO's Top 10 of 2013
1. Suuns, Images Du Futur - "Powers Of Ten" will kick you in the neck. "2020" will make you shake. But that moment of laughter rising in "Music Won't Save You"...truly chilling. Also one of the best shows I saw all year.
2. Lou Doillon, Places - "Devil Or Angel" will set right what's wrong with your day.
3. Forest Fire, Screens - From the opening keyboard line I was hooked, and with every listen it opens up even more. Perfect lo-fi pop. Essential track: "Yellow Roses."
4. Trentemoller, Lost - I've always appreciated Trentemoller, but with Lost, and the collaborations he does with Jana Hunter & Kazu Makino (to name a few), it really struck a chord with me. Highlights: "Gravity (feat. Jana Hunter), "River Of Life (feat. Ghost Society)."
5. Palma Violets, 180 - Palma Violets, I believe you...and I wanna be your friend too. Highlights: "Best Of Friends," "Last Of The Summer Wine."
6. The Black Angels, Indigo Meadow - The Black Angels perfecting what they do...and it's perfect. Highlights: "Evil Things," "Holland."
7. James Blake, Overgrown - This kid is just otherwordly. Don't know what to say that hasn't been said already. Highlights: "Retrograde" (obviously), "Digital Lion".
8. Low, The Invisible Way - Damn this record snuck up on me. I heard "Just Make It Stop" and haven't been able to. Highlights: "Just Make It Stop," "So Blue."
9. Fuck Buttons, Slow Focus - Perfectly titled album! Every song grows and creeps it's way into being. Sounds like a future apocalypse. Highlights: "Brainfreeze," "Stalker."
10. Mood Rings, VPI Harmony - Filling the hole that bands like Cocteau Twins, Pale Saints & Slowdive created in me so long ago. Had the pleasure of watching them strip songs down to guitar/drums...something to be said when songs still hold so much for you even with all the layers stripped away. Highlights: "Pathos Y Lagrimas."