The Best Albums Of October 2013

From Lorde to Danny Brown via Islet and Glasser…

The Clash office might be reverberating to the sound of best-albums-of-2013 chatter right now – who’s in, who’s not, who’s disqualified because of that incident, and so on – but there is the small matter of some monthly round-ups to get through before we properly look back on the year that’s been.

So, straight to business: the best albums of October 2013 look(ed) something like this (they sounded pretty good, too)…

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Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’
(Universal; released October 28th)

“Lorde’s debut says there’s still an intellectual, polished and important place for pop, that doesn’t rely on open letters, open legs, Twitter, twerking and obscenely desperate electro hooks. Whether the burgeoning pressure of becoming a star will get the better of her, we’ll undoubtedly find out. But for now, she is most definitely our ‘queen bee’.”

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Teeth Of The Sea – ‘MASTER’
(Rocket Recordings; released October 21st)

“Most bands master a sound, but there’s the distinct feeling here that Teeth Of The Sea are merely vessels for a force operating somewhere beyond our comprehension of what can, and does, qualify as pop music. You can dance to this, in places, but you’ll be doing so above a barely buried portal to a place unknown. Careful where you step.”

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of Montreal – ‘Lousy With Sylvianbriar’
(Polyvinyl; released October 21st)

“For the Athens, Georgia outfit’s 12th album, it’s not so surprising that the band eschews studio trickery for lyric-driven ’70s songcraft with country twangs and lush harmonies. This is a genre-morphing triumph that reveals new surprises with each listen.”

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Islet – ‘Released By The Movement’
(Shape Records; released October 7th)

“The band’s instruments are passed around as best befits each song, resulting in a beguiling swirl of sound. ‘Elastic’, with its Ian-Curtis-fronting-Tindersticks shtick, flings a deliciously gothic shroud over things, while ‘Triangulation Station’ fizzes and rumbles like the band’s mesmeric stage shows.”

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Glasser – ‘Interiors’
(True Panther Sounds; released October 7th)

“‘Interiors’ is an expansive, fiercely intelligent investigative work. Here is one of the few female artists picking up the relay baton from Kate Bush and Björk and running, fleet-footed, with it into the future.”

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Darkside – ‘Psychic’
(Matador; released October 7th)

“All dark atmospherics and empty space, Nicolas Jaar’s spectral production for collaborative project Darkside creates the void where rhythm, and seemingly time, are allowed to infinitely float on. Subterranean melodies are chopped out by clean, minimal motorik beats, and door-slamming bass and broken vocals help drop the cold, dead-eyed chills.”

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Tim Hecker – ‘Virgins’
(Kranky; released October 14th)

“Exultant and enigmatic but still acutely abrasive in parts, Tim Hecker’s seventh solo LP ‘Virgins’ is a nebulous thing, but not without substance; like a kite tenuously tethered to the Earth, which continually battles to fly into the stratosphere.”

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Danny Brown – ‘Old’
(Fool’s Gold; released October 28th)

“In its totality, ‘Old’ is a free-wheeling, Molly-popping collection of dizzying trap-rap set atop an equally unnerving soundtrack (courtesy of producers Paul White, Oh No and SKYWLKR, among others). It’s clear Danny is dealing with some demons, but his issues don’t dampen the mood.”

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Got some favourites of your own? Comment below or tweet us, if you’re into that sort of communication. It is the 21st century, y’know.

Fancy some more Lorde? Check out Clash’s Pop Special, on shelves now (now being November 4th, 2013). She’s our cover star. Timely. Get more information and buy a copy directly from us, here

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