20. Tor Lundvall – Structures And Solitude (Dais Records)
The ultimate Lundvall collection. And an essential addition to your winter survival kit.
19. Alberich – Turned Back (Hospital Productions)
I wish Alberich was commissioned to write the next Olympic anthem. In a perfect world, Hermann Nitsch would handle choreographic duties.
18. A.M.S.G – Anti-Cosmic Tyranny (Profound Lore)
This record was written in jail after his genitor got busted for guns and drugs trafficking. That’s some serious street cred, son. You can’t go wrong with saxophone and black-metal anyway…
17. Emptyset – Recur (Raster-Noton)
Another daedalus of harsh electronic explorations, “Recur” will make you feel like a K.Dick schizoid, skin rash included.
16. Niggas With Guitars – Ethnic Frenzy (Digitalis)
I mean, they could have put out a hillbilly record for all I care, they would have been in that list no matter what. But it turned out this band also makes pretty sick music.
15. Miles – Faint Hearted (Modern Love)
A bold sonic statement from Demdike Stare other half.
I don’t have to tell you how impeccable their tastes are. Miles gives us a lesson in electronic music and we can only bow to the master.
14. Vatican Shadow – Remember Your Black Day (Hospital Productions)
Anything from Vatican Shadow is a masterpiece. “Remember Your Black Day” is no exception. Their music is an evil insidious rampant litany that will crawl into your ear and eat your brains out like a vicious bug.
13. Ulver (with Tromsø Chamber Orchestra) – – Messe I.X-VI.X- (Jester/Neuropa)
There is an implacable rule to Ulver’s music: one time out of two, their albums are plain awful. This “Messe”, aka Coil meets Arvo Part, is as good as their previous effort was bad.
12. Tropic Of Cancer – Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
Tropic Of Cancer plays chic spleen goth music that works like a muscle depressant: relaxing and soothing with a good chance of serious addiction.
11. Gris – A l’Ame Enflammee, l’Ame Constellee (Sepulchral Productions)
A mercurial odyssey through desolate planes, painfully majestic and beautiful. And barely any black-metal cheesiness either which doesn’t hurt.
10. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (Columbia)
Yes. Earl proves he is the master of bizarro awesomeness. I was not expecting this record to be that good. The other Odd Future dudes must be dead jealous.
9. Tim Hecker – Virgins (Kranky)
Tim Hecker goes Giallo on us. Virgins is like a walk in the attic with a dying flashlight and a handful of ghosts as companions.
8. The Stranger – Watching Dead Empires In Decay (Modern Love)
A very compelling experimental record that I’d recommend to listen on headphones in a big crowd. “Watching Dead Empires In Decay” indeed…
7. Prurient – Through The Window (Blackest Ever Black)
The first time I heard this, I honestly wanted the damn thing to never stop. “Through The Window” is the perfect idea…
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