#50 Nest - Retold (Norway)
Highlights: Kyoto, Marefjellet
My favorite ambient album of the year. Lots of ominous but incredibly beautiful strings and piano. Great to study to. I don’ know a thing about the band.
#49 Holy Fuck - Latin (Toronto)
Highlights: Red Lights, Stay Lit
My favorite all analog electronic band returns better than ever. Driving acoustic drums and lots of cool old-school synths.
#48 Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart (Vancouver)
Highlights: The Hair Song, Old Fangs
The psych-rockers add a little light to their dark sound. The male/female vocals play off each other perfectly on The Hair Song. Not to mention its got one of the best album covers I’ve seen.