Gig Scene’s top 10 of the year

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Gig Scene’s top 10 local releases of 2013

By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

1. Phosphor: Karl Culley (album)

What we said: “The biggest compliment I can pay to Karl Culley isn’t to mention his dazzling technique on Martin 000-15 acoustic guitar nor the strong hooklines. The biggest compliment I can pay this former Harrogate singer-songwriter is that, in a time when the obvious is king, he remains an enigma.”

2. Dragonfly Tattoo: Songs of Love and Murder (EP)

What we said: “Few people hit the bull’s eye first time round but this stunning debut EP by local semi-acoustic outfit Dragonfly Tattoo marks them out as a cut above.”

3. Lewis Fieldhouse: The Water’s Fine (single)

What we said: “Born in the wilds of North Yorkshire, schooled at Paul McCartneys’ LiPA, singer-songwriter Lewis Fieldhouse’s new single is quietly brilliant, heartbreakingly lovely.”

4. Angie Shaw: Head for Heights (EP).

What we said: “Put simply, Head for Heights is the best thing this deceptively sweet-voiced singer-songwriter has ever done by some distance.”

5. Book of Job: Hamartia (album)

What we said: “There’s intellect and soul at work in this rock band, a passion for musical greatness and a rejection of the idea that things have to be done as they have been done before.”

6. These Young Sons: One More Time (EP).

What we said: “These Ripon Grammar School students’ blitzkrieg mix of punk, metal, pop and 70s hard rock blaze with self-confident energy and non-stop hooks.”

7. Strangers in Paradise: The Story Pt 2 (EP).

What we said: “The ambitious Harrogate rock band combine a rock crunch with a sweet sharpness, total tightness with passages of drifting ambience and, of course, some cracking guitar riffs.”

8. Area 40: One Small Step (album)

What we said: “If you told me Area 40’s stirring Where Are You Now was the new single by Mumford and Sons or The Waterboys, I’d say “great, sounds like a classic to me.””

9. PseudoNympho: Eponym (album)

What we said: “If the members of Queen had all been born 20 years later, they would probably have sounded like PseudoNympho.”

10. Pete Oliver Band: For The Love of the Poor (EP)

What we said: “Mixing the blues with rock and a touch of soul and funk, Pete Oliver Band’s strengths lie in their slightly early-70s like delivery.”

Bubbling under

Tom Loffill: On The Surface (album)

Lobo: A Stage 3 Game (album)

Ashley Reaks: Power Failure (album)

2012’s winner

The Birdman Rallies: Moons (album)