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The Thin Air's Top 100 Tracks Of 2013

Featuring Little Bear at #42 with 'Night Dries Like Ink', More Than Conquerors at #32 with 'Pits of Old', Axis Of at #28 with 'Lifehammer' and Jetplane Landing reaching #1 spot with 'My Radio Heart'.

1. Jetplane Landing – My Radio Heart

As comebacks go, the return of Derry alt-rock pioneers Jetplane Landing this year has been nothing short of breathtaking. The first single to be released from their long-awaited fourth studio album, Don’t Try, ‘My Radio Heart’ had us from the very first chord. Following its initial call to arms, a decade all but disappeared come the song’s chugging post-hardcore verse – one of the country’s most lauded alt-rock bands had returned and how. Less than three minutes in length, ‘My Radio Heart’ is the breakneck distillation of Jetplane Landing to the confines of one ridiculously accomplished single and our favourite Irish track of 2013.

28. Axis Of – Lifehammer

Speaking of massively promising three-pieces, Belfast-based based alt-punk band Axis Of have done much to warrant their repute as one of the most singular bands of their ilk in the country today. Taken from their critically devoured debut album, Finding St. Kilda, the downright irresistible ‘Lifehammer’ proved one of the most thoroughly anthemic earworms from an Irish act in 2013. Endeavour to see these guys live if you’re yet to do so.

32. More Than Conquerors – Pits Of Old
 
After four years, two EPs and innumerable gigs together, Belfast-based alt-rock quartet More Than Conquerors released their long-awaited debut album, Everything I’ve Learnt, back in September. With the band’s collective and individual exploration of faith forming the core of the album’s lyrical approach, the album is, in frontman Kris Platt’s words, “eleven tracks of pent up aggression, frustration, bewilderment and a sense of weird belonging.” The impassioned lead single from the album, ‘Pits of Old’, positively cemented our love of the band.
 
Read our September interview with the band here.

42. Little Bear - Night Dries Like Ink

Hands down one of the country’s most widely lauded live acts, Derry band Little Bear having experienced nothing short of a monumental rise over the last twelve months. Their first release on Smalltown America Records, the soaring ‘Night Dries Like Ink’ captured the hallmarks of the band’s sound: hypnotising harmonies and an understated but no less captivating pop/rock aesthetic akin to Kodaline.

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