We’re all afraid of something. According to The Fear Project, these concerns span being afraid of working so hard one forgets to live, to not having certainty in one’s decisions, to having no control over losing a loved one. At the root of these Anxieties stems the humbling realization that being alone is a terrible feeling and that prolonged loneliness is a fear we all share.
It seems ironic that the proliferation of social media in 2013 correlates with such feelings of apathy and loneliness. For example, Drake’s Twitter following exceeds 13 million, yet he’s struggling to define himself as a psycho or an icon. In a similar vein, Yeezus converted some fans and made more enemies through Kanye’s ignorant (and lonely) declaration of supremacy in the artistic world.
Many artists included on Buttery Toast’s best albums of 2013 explore the topic of loneliness, albeit through differing ideals. In “Youth”, Daughter reveals the sobering truth that we’ll need to confront our frivolous pursuits one day. The frivolous fruits of our pursuits (earning likes on Instagram selfies, reaching inbox zero, gaining new Twitter Followers) are simply quick fixes to increase our endorphin levels while we battle our fear of loneliness.
Fortunately, there seems to be a silver lining. Kacey Musgraves made it out of her trailer park. Milosh seems to ooze love through every song. Jason Isbell is no longer traveling alone. Cheesy as it may seem, (in whatever capacity you deem fit) Love Has Come For many of our troubled artists of 2013.
I hope you enjoy listening to this list as much as I did in curating it. Be sure to keep an eye out for Buttery Toast’s orphan list of “favorite pieces of music that weren’t LPs” list before the new year, and treat yourself to a Spotify playlist of my favorite tracks from these albums at the very end of this post.
20. Giraffage - Needs
19. Steve Martin, Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You
18. Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
17. Lindi Ortega - Tin Star
16. James Blake - Overgrown
15. Beyonce - Self Titled
14. Savages - Silence Yourself
13. A$AP Rocky - Long. Live. A$AP
12. Holly Williams - The Highway
11. Kanye West - Yeezus
10. Night Beds - Country Sleep
9. GhostFace Killah - Twelve Reasons to Die
8. Milosh - Jetlag
7. Alela Diane - About Farewell
6. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
5. Daughter - If You Leave
4. Drake - Nothing Was the Same
3. Rhye - Woman
2. Autre Ne Veut - Anxieties
1. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
As for the shameless self promotion, listen to my favorite tracks of the year, and holler at me on last.fm, iamxiaohan.com, and of course Spotify: