2013 was really great year musically speaking.
New releases from artists I already knew, discoveries and really great surprises.
Amongst all these new albums, I was really impressed by the first album “In Passing” of Steve Gibbs. I have listened to it on loops for days and I only stopped when Nils Frahm released “Spaces”, the best live album I have bought for a long time.
“Glass Slopes” from Sophie Kazandjian had also trusted my player for a long time. I do not read a lot of activities about her and her Twitter and SoundCloud accounts are a little bit dormant but I really hope she will release something new soon.
Another great pianist discovered this year is Mario Viñuela. If you like Ludovico Einaudi and Fabrizio Paterlini, you will like Mario. And follow him on Twitter, he seems to be really a great guy.
I did not know Rachel Grimes until I see her playing in February at Piano Anders in Belgium with Fabrizio Paterlini. I found her music very dramatic in the good sense and her play is very precise.
Madoka was also a good surprise with her mix of contemporary piano with Japanese instruments.
I also bought the album “The summer” by John Anealio. I follow John on Twitter for a long time and he once tweeted a link to his “Ferris Wheel” song. I love theme parks, I love summer and his melody was so light and full of joy that you should love it.
In my list you will also see a lot of new albums from artist I already knew like Lyndsie Alguire, Fabrizio Paterlini, Jim Guthrie, Steve Lawson, Gustaf Fjelstrom, Drops, Jack Stow, Nils Frahm, Ott, Catherine Marie Charlton, Lowercase Noises and Ludovico Einaudi.
So a really good year !
Glass Slopes by Sophie Kazandjian
Loretto by Rachel Grimes
Compound Leaves by Rachel Grimes
Character by Julia Kent
Halo – Late Winter Tales by Halo
Blake by Lowercase Noises
In Passing by Steve Gibbs
The Summer E.P. by Jon Anealio
I met you in the forest by Madoka
Now by Fabrizio Paterlini
Sword & Sworcery LP – The Ballad of the Space Babies by Jim Guthrie
Corporeal by Jim Guthrie
FingerPainting by Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman
Accidentally (On Purpose) by Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman
After Image by Lyndsie Alguire
The Fault (EP) by Gustaf Fjelstrom
A Moment Alone by Madeleine Hanover
Silence n°1 by Maxime Fillion
Umber / Drops by Drops
Juno Reworked by Nils Frahm
For once, not on BandCamp but on the Erased Tapes site.
Spaces by Nils Frahm
Best live album I have heard for a long time.
Shadowman by Jack Stow
You can listen to it or buy it on Google Play
Live in the studio by Ott
Hishiryo Piano Solo by Nik Bärtsch
River Flow – Sanctuary by Catherine Marie Charlton
Cyclo by Zazie
A French artist, but I will always buy blindly her album.
Havoc and Bright Lights by Alanis Morissette
Always good to have a new album from Alanis Morissette
In a Time Lapse by Ludovico Einaudi
As always, a very good mix of Piano, synthesizers and chords.