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Our Favorite Musical Discoveries of the Past Year

DEAFHAVEN Despite a popular withdrawal from black metal, Deafheaven's Sunbather was one of 2013's most beautiful albums, and even named Metacritic's "Top Album of 2013." Because its song structures dabble more in pop and rock, it's a noticeable step away from their debut EP Roads to Judah, but that's not the only reason why I'm glad to have heard about it.

Both the lyrics and instrumentals carry the heavy emotion of dealing with love, heartbreak and loss, artfully demonstrating that these sensations can be imperative in their own right. ALYSSA DUPREE

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