the Rattle’s 10 best songs of 2013. No. 6


Lorde – Royals

Released when singer/songwriter Lorde was just 16 years old, this song encompasses everything she believed to be wrong with the music industry’s relationship with materialism and hedonism: ‘But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom. Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room’. The lyrics are edgy and the beat catchy and unless you spent the best part of 2013 on the moon, there is no way you could of escaped it. It landed on to charts all over the world like a punch, bulldozing the Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus pop out of the way, which was enough reason to initially fall in love, and yet the song holds its own and is pretty darn great.

Crank it up!


the Rattle’s 10 best songs of 2013. no. 7


Daughter – Youth

There is a beautiful sadness to this song. The perfect un-ballad consisting of bittersweet melody and lyrics which twist like a knife through the heart. It is surprising to find such beauty amongst the heartbreak, but there is much to be found in this track, and the delicate and honest delivery by singer/songwriter Elena Tonra makes it sure to be both a place to escape and a sound to repeat over and over again.

‘And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one,
‘Cause most of us are bitter over someone.
Setting fire to our insides for fun,
To distract our hearts from ever missing them.
But I’m forever missing him’



Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) (feat. Will Heard)

I hate the term ‘anthem’ but if I was going to use it, it would be for this song. The anthem of all summer anthems, this song captures dancing on the beaches of Formentera, pool parties in the South of France, and windows-open-music-blaring Sunday afternoons in London. originally released digitally in 2011 and then due to its viral success as a single in 2012 throughout most of Europe, it was remixed and given the beautiful Will Heard vocal treatment and released in the UK in August 2013.
Close your eyes and feel the sunshine on your skin…



The National – Graceless

Frontman Matt Berninger has said that his secret to enjoying gig’s is drinking … “I start drinking wine about half an hour before we go out and that’s the most fun part of me…the wine definitely helps me lose a little bit of my grip on my reality, which makes me less conscious of the situation, which makes me get into the songs a little more and it’s a zone I go to, which I love. Definitely wine is a crutch to get there and I won’t call it anything other than what it is, but I do love it.”
Now that is old school rock n’roll back with a vengeance, and don’t you love his honesty?
The video for Graceless involves a lot of the band’s love for drinking. He said “We shot it at my mom and dad’s house in Cincinnati and kind of destroyed the place and ourselves along the way.”
Most of us can probably relate to his drinking habits, even though we probably won’t be as open to admit it as Berninger. I mean, he has a reputation to uphold after all. I do feel slightly better about myself knowing that something this great can be created from a wine drinking session.