Diandra’s Top 20 Music Moments of 2013
2013 was odd even among other odd-numbered years. Back in January, I wouldn’t have predicted at least three-fourths of the names that would appear on this list. I’d never even heard about at least a fourth of them!
I was also surprised by a few superb soundtracks.
Take for instance the program Hannibal, with inspired use of vocal and orchestral selections in tandem with Brian Reitzell’s moody compositions. Reitzell provided original tracks like these:  incorporating “non-diegetic music…unlike anything else currently found on TV.”  At least, nothing like other TV soundtracks in the United States, as my number one choice this year proves.
Thanks to the 2012 crime epic Gangs of Wasseypur, I became aware of music director Sneha Khanwalkar, and found episodes of her MTV India program Sound Trippin. Each episode features Sneha and her team traveling to a different place in India, forming a song from the sounds and people they encounter. A few episodes are available to watch worldwide on their Youtube channel, including the pilot of season one and a few episodes of 2013’s season two.
Other songs I enjoyed this year were Miles Kane’s Don’t Forget Who You Are [MV] and la Mala Rodriguez’s aggressive 33 [NSFW MV], though I’m puzzled by the weird fade ending the latter. Os Mutantes’ Eu descobri  is a mellow throwback to the group’s heyday, covering a 1968 bossa nova piece by Gilberto Gil. Finally, before the list starts, I want to mention one last soundtrack choice: Ramin Djawadi’s reworking of Game of Thrones‘ Rains of Castamere theme into A Lannister Always Pays His Debts .
Without further ado, here we go: