Best of 2013, Favourite Tracks

Albums are all well and good, but what of the individual songs contained within?  A silly question to be sure, but it’s a bit more complicated than merely going “well that was the best record, so it had the best songs on it” – that works sometimes, but not always.  Sometimes, a song in its right place in the context of its album home is a euphoric, emotional high; but remove it from its running order and the joy is lost.  Conversely, a song can be so big, bold and beautiful that it swamps the rest of the record to the point that it has to be removed and isolated to give the rest of it a chance.  In short, this list (in no particular order other than the one in which they occurred to me) has very little bearing on the wordy behemoth that preceded it.

The following ten tracks I think (by happy accident) typify 2013 as far as 6 Days From Tomorrow is concerned.  They all trigger a response that goes beyond mere emotional; they make the heart beat faster or slower, they make arteries expand or contract, they make eyes mist up or a focus sharper.  It’s a strange thing to be talking about how the act of merely listening to something can evoke a physical reaction, and maybe this is just something that affects me.  If the latter is the case, then I’m the lucky one.


The Revival Hour – Scorpio Little Devil

The-Revival-Hour-Scorpio-Little-DevilThere’s much been said about the classic Side 1 Track 1s of musical history, and rightly so.  However – and this my be a bit weirdly compulsive of me – when I have a quick sample of something completely new to me, it’s not the first track I head for.  Instead, I decide on blind buys on the strength of a record’s second piece; introductions are all well and good, but I prefer to take in the song where the artists have already drawn in their audience having got their attention, and are now having to keep it for the remainder of the album.  Track 2 is where the work starts, and it’s a method that’s served me well.  That this particular record contains one of the best second tracks of any record I’ve stumbled across lately should therefore come as little surprise after that buildup.