Favourite albums - 2019 edition

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  1. pedalhead

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    Hi all. Following on from the 2018 edition, it's probably about time to share our fav albums of 2019. I always find this sort of thing a great way to hear about new stuff I may have missed, so please do share your favs as well. Mine's a bit of an eclectic mix as usual, from jazz to death metal and various in between. As usual, I'll reserve the right to modify my list if something grabs me between now & the end of Dec :)

    For further inspiration, the AOTY lists page is a great place to lose a few hours.

    20 - Plaid - Polymer
    http://anydecentmusic.com/review/9926/Plaid-Polymer.aspx
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    19 - The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion
    https://holdsteady.bandcamp.com/
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    18 - Blanck Mass - Animated Voilence Mild
    https://blanckmass.bandcamp.com/album/animated-violence-mild
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    17 - Baroness - Gold & Grey
    http://www.anydecentmusic.com/review/9940/Baroness-Gold--Grey.aspx
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    16 - Lumen Drones - Umbra
    https://lumendroneshubro.bandcamp.com/album/umbra
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    15 - Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwankua
    http://www.anydecentmusic.com/review/10132/Michael-Kiwanuka-Kiwanuka.aspx
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    14 - Oh Sees - Face Stabber
    https://ohsees.bandcamp.com/album/face-stabber
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    13 - Lankum - The Livelong Day
    https://lankum.bandcamp.com/album/the-livelong-day
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    12 - Carnet de Voyage - Melo Disko
    https://carnetdevoyage.bandcamp.com/releases
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    11 - Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
    https://betteroblivioncommunitycenter.bandcamp.com/album/better-oblivion-community-center
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    10 - Modern Nature - How To Live
    https://modernnature.bandcamp.com/album/how-to-live
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    9 - In Mourning - Garden of Storms
    https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/garden-of-storms
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    8 - that dog. - Old LP
    https://thatdogofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
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    7 - Caterina Barbieri - Ecstatic Computation
    https://editionsmego.bandcamp.com/album/ecstatic-computation
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    6 - The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery / The Afterlife
    https://verve.lnk.to/TITLODMWebsite / https://verve.lnk.to/TheAfterlife
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    5 - W.H.Lung - Incidental Music
    https://whlung.bandcamp.com/album/incidental-music
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    4 - Nathan Micay - Blue Spring
    https://luckyme.bandcamp.com/album/blue-spring
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    3 - Anna Meredith - FIBS
    https://annahmeredith.bandcamp.com/album/fibs
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    2 - Brad Mehldau - Finding Gabriel
    https://www.bradmehldau.com/finding-gabriel
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    1 - Lingua Ignota - Caligula
    https://linguaignota.bandcamp.com/album/caligula
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    ...and here are the albums that didn't quite make my top 20 but I did enjoy a lot:

    Holly Herndon - PROTO - https://hollyherndon.bandcamp.com/album/proto
    Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising - https://weyesblood.bandcamp.com/album/titanic-rising
    No-Man - Love You To Bits - http://no-man.co.uk/love-you-to-bits/
    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - The Undivided Five - https://awvfts.bandcamp.com/album/the-undivided-five
    Neuland - Neuland - https://smarturl.it/NeulandAlbum
    Floating Points - Crush - https://floatingpoints.bandcamp.com/album/crush
    The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe - https://cinematicorchestramusic.bandcamp.com/album/to-believe
    Hauschka - A Different Forest - https://www.hauschka-music.com/a-different-forest
    Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - https://smarturl.it/BILLIEALBUM
    Robert Forster - Inferno - https://robertforster.bandcamp.com/album/inferno
    Monarch - Beyond the Blue Sky - https://soundcloud.com/elparaiso/monarch-beyond-the-blue-sky
    Portico Quartet - Memory Streams - https://porticoquartet.bandcamp.com/album/memory-streams
    Tegan and Sara - Hey, I'm Just Like You - https://teganandsara.lnk.to/HeyImJustLikeYou
    Poppy Ackroyd - Resolve Reimagined - https://poppy.bandcamp.com/album/resolve-reimagined
    Luke Howard - The Sand That Ate The Sea - https://www.highresaudio.com/en/album/view/9n8ggm/luke-howard-the-sand-that-ate-the-sea
    Aki Takase - Thema Prima - https://www.allmusic.com/album/thema-prima-mw0003255119
    Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock - https://bobmould.bandcamp.com/album/sunshine-rock
    Matmos - Plastic Anniversary - https://matmos.bandcamp.com/album/plastic-anniversary
     
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    Stuff I liked enough to buy (in no particular order). It was a good year for reissues as well, but that's a different list.

    Sunn O))) - Life Metal & Pyroclasts
    Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
    Asuna & Jan Jelinek - Signals Bulletin
    Fennesz - Agora
    Ana Roxanne - S/T
    Lifted - 2
    Klein - Lifetime
    Moor Mother - Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
    Lustmord - First Reformed OST
    Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
    Topdown Dialectic - Vol. 2
    Nat Birchall - The Storyteller: A Tribute to Yusef Lateef
    Helm - Chemical Flowers
    Jim O'Rourke - To Magnetize Money and Catch a Roving Eye
    Andy Stott - It Should Be Us
    Stefan Fraunberger - Quellgeister #3
    Kali Malone - Sacrificial Code
    Nivhek - After Its Own Death/Walking in a Spiral Towards the House
    Not Waving & Dark Mark - Downwelling
    Berrocal, Fenech, Epp - Ice Exposure
    Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Panama Canal Left-Hand Path
    Ghostride the Drift - S/T
    Josh Abrams & Natural Information Society - Mandatory Reality
    Swans - Leaving Meaning.
    Cam Deas - Mechanosphere
    Pontiac Streator & Ulla Straus - 11 Items
     
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    Such a good year for music. So many breakthroughs, especially in hip-hop. I do find myself listening to a lot more classical lately as I get the headphone chain improved.

    Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers
    Solange - When I Get Home
    Griselda - WWCD
    Benny the Butcher - The Plugs I Met
    Freddie Gibbs, Madlib - Crime Pays
    Megan Thee Stallion - Fever
    Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
    Budos Band - V
    Anais Guademard - Solo Harp
    Mariss Jansons: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich No. 7
     
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    Yep I'm really hoping they get together for another one. Really great musical chemistry between those two.
     
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    Part 1/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Agallah Don Bishop - Live At Your Own Risk


    Alfa Mist - Structuralism #TOP


    Alkan - Symphony For Solo Piano (Paul Wee)


    American Football - American Football (Lp3)


    Anat Fort Trio - Colour #TOP
     
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    Part 2/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Carmen Souza - The Silver Messengers #TOP


    Caterina Barbieri - Ecstatic Computation


    Chris Potter - Circuits #TOP


    Cykada - Cykada


    Diiv - Deceiver
     
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    Part 3/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Efterklang - Altid Sammen #TOP


    Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes


    Ezra Collective - You Can't Steal My Joy


    Hans Zimmer - The World Of Hans Zimmer / A Symphonic Celebration (Live) #TOP


    Hidden Orchestra - Live At The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts #TOP
     
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    Part 4/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Josh Ritter - Fever Breaks #TOP


    Julia Kent - Temporal #TOP


    Kate Rusby - Philosophers, Poets And Kings


    Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari #TOP


    Kris Davis - Diatom Ribbons
     
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    Part 5/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Leem Of Earth - Chapters One, Two, Three (3 EPs) #TOP


    Lumen Drones - Umbra #TOP


    Mabe Fratti - Pies Sobre La Tierra #TOP


    Mono - Nowhere Now Here


    Nepomuceno - Symphony In G Minor, O Garatuja Prelude & Série Brasileira #TOP
     
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    Part 6/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Nérija - Blume


    Nils Lofgren - Blue With Lou


    Pronoun - I'll Show You Stronger #TOP


    Red Rum Club - Matador


    Resavoir - Resavoir
     
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    Part 7/8: Here's a list of my favorite albums of 2019. Alphabetical order, top picks are marked as #TOP.

    Rustin Man - Drift Code #TOP


    Scrivener - In Memoriam, Out Memoriam #TOP


    Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury


    The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery #TOP


    The Lasso - The Sound Of Lasso
     
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    Not much to add besides some albums that have been mentioned already. Mistakenly, it seems, I’d thought there were slim pickings this year. I’m grateful, then, for the excellent recommendations here, which are changing my mind. Fontaines D.C.’s Dogrel was half-good (and by that I mean that half of it was very good). I liked the Lana del Ray, and I don’t typically care for her stuff all that much, and the same thing could be said for the Chemical Brothers, whose No Geography was a bright flicker of an album (one that was soon forgotten?). Cut out two tracks (5 and 6) and you’ve got a quick, fun album.

    There’s a great little record shop in Brighton in the UK that puts out an excellent best-of booklet each year (in print and online). It’s well worth checking out: http://www.resident-music.com/annual
     
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    Still deciding on my total list. In no particular order, sometimes dig what I dig. I will simply list my favourites by artist/band and album name. Easier to read.

    Soen: "Lotus" (fucking impressive, on high rotation this year.)
    FKA Twigs: "Magdalene" (she is taking risks, he music is adventurous and interesting.)
    Carly Rae Jepsen: "Dedicated" (Pop can be so much fun if you actually make it fun, I dig her sound.)
    Tool: "Fear Innoculum" (the physical album is the one to get, but their return meant something.)
    Michael Kiwanuka: "Kiwanuka" (impressive, that album lingers.)
    L.S.D: "L.S.D." (fun and creative, interesting songs and good production.)
    Leprous: "Pitfalls" (reminds me of Yes and Queen at the same time and they are fun to listen to.)
    Prince: "Originals" (maybe not exactly an album, still this needs to be mentioned.)

    I must have missed a few but so be it. It has only been the last two months of 2019 that I started to keep track.
     
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    Gloryhammer’s Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex is my favorite 2019 album. This album remind me of those 80’s panel vans that fantasy murals on them. Its beyond cheesy but super fun.

     
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    Last update for 2019.

    Billie Eilish: "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" (weird, fun and actually interesting musical choices.)

    I still need to check some albums...
     
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    Holly Herndon - PROTO
    Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild
    Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis
    Spellling - Mazy Fly
    Kirin J Callinan - Return To Center
    Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit
    These New Puritans - Inside The Rose
    Fever Ray - Live at Troxy
    KÁRYYN - The Quanta Series
    Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
    Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
    Marina - Love + Fear
    AURORA - A Different Kind of Human
    Sigrid - Sucker Punch
    Shura - forevher
    Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life
    Anna Meredith - FIBS
    Tim Hecker - Anoyo
    The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe
    Kim Petras - TURN OFF THE LIGHT
    Battles - Juice B Crypts
    Charli XCX - Charli
    Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
    Uniform, The Body - Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back
    Show Me The Body - Dog Whistle
    josh pan, Dylan Brady - This Car Needs Some Wheels
    Buke & Gase - Scholars
    Blood Cultures - Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs
    HVOB - Rocco
    FKA Twigs - MAGDALENE
    Little Simz - GREY Area
    Tyler, The Creator - IGOR
    Black Dresses - LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR STUPID LITTLE BITCHES
    Charly Bliss - Young Enough
    Black Midi - Schlagenheim
    Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
    Marissa Nadler, Stephen Brodsky - Droneflower
    100 gecs - 1000 gecs
    SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides Non Stop Remix Album
    TR/ST - The Destroyer - 1
    yeule - Serotonin II
    Bishop Briggs - CHAMPION
    Jade Bird - Jade Bird


    There’s probably a few more I missed, but AOTY for me is definitely “Dedicated” because I’m obsessed with Carly Rae Jepsen haha. :)
     
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