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  • All Noteworthy Releases for 2011 (Share anything you think I missed)

    3 Ene 2012, 18:03

    2011 Noteworthy Releases
    *=top 20 albums of the year
    *****=album of the year

    Pacific UV-Chrysalis EP
    Screen Vinyl Image- Strange Behavior
    The Advisory Circle- As The Crow Flies
    Blanck Mass- Blanck Mass
    Aeroc- R+B=?
    Belong-Common Era *
    Mark McGuire- Get Lost
    Mark McGuire-A Young Persons Guide
    Biosphere- N-Plants
    Joker- The Vision
    Joker-The Vision Instrumentals
    Sepalcure- Sepalcure
    DMX KREW- Cosmic Awakening
    Peter Broderick-Music For Confluence
    The Field- Looping State of Mind*
    Jacaszek-Glimmer
    Simon Scott- Bunny
    Zomby-Nothing
    Zomby-Dedication
    Bakterielle Infektion- In Grief
    Sweet Exorcist- RetroActivity
    LFO- Frequencies (re-issue)
    Plaid- Scintilli *
    David Lynch- Crazy Clown Time
    Christina Vantzou-No. 1 *
    Phantogram-Nightlife EP
    Tim Hecker-Dropped Pianos
    Death In Vegas- Trans-Love Energies *
    M83- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming! *
    Martyn-Masks/Viper-Single
    Xeno & Oaklander-Sets & Lights
    Boris-Attention Please
    Aphex Twin- Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (2011 Edition)
    VHS Head-Midnight Section
    Martyn-Ghost People
    Rustie-Glass Swords *****
    A Winged Victory For The Sullen-Self Titled
    Walls-Coracle *
    Syntaks-Nachtblende
    Warm Ghost-Narrows *
    Purple Bloom-Purple Bloom EP *
    Solvent-Rdjcs5
    Rustie-All Night EP
    Rustie-Ultra Thizz EP
    HTRK-Work,Work,Work *
    D. Gookin-Spiral Style *
    HTRK-Eat Yr Heart/Sweetheart (aka I Love You)
    M83-Midnight City
    Teeel-Amulet
    Mogwai-Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will *
    Asobi Seksu-Fluorescence *
    MSD-MSD Volume 1
    Warm Ghost- Uncut Diamond EP
    Bullion- You Drive Me To Plastic (Non-LP)
    Direwires- Hearts In Stasis
    Seefeel-Seefeel *
    SMM:Context *
    Andre Obin-Soft Rain EP
    Longmont Potion Castle-Volume 8
    Pale Sketcher-Seventh Heaven EP *
    Kontakte- We Move Through Negative Spaces
    Bibio- Mind Bokeh *
    Gold Panda- Companion
    Matthew Dear- Slowdance EP
    13 & God- Own Your Ghost
    Com Truise- Galactic Melt *
    Battles-Gloss Drop *

    Please suggest anything I missed that you think I'd like...
  • TOP 20 Albums of 2011

    3 Ene 2012, 18:02

    1.Rustie-Glass Swords

    Take YMO and Sakamotoesque progressive keyboard riffs mix it with beats and video game inspired melodies and you get "Glass Swords". The album from start to finish runs like a fun ride through a variety of soundscapes without letting up much. Nearly perfect with the exception of one track "Globes". The rest of the album will evoke memories of Shinobi for PS2, Sonic The Hedgehog,YMO, Seinfeld, and Astal to name a few games that probably inspired this sound. People argue about what to classify this as like dub step et al. While this may employ some elements from that genre, it certainly doesn't follow the model that well and is a reason it stands out. Best tracks include "Flashback" (I swear it is shinobi and I love it.), "Surph" (most poppy song on the album that invites you to just ride out...),"Hover Traps" (easily one of the most fun songs I've heard in years and reminds me of Plaid. Seinfeld sample is also funny), "Ultra Thizz" (sounds like a theme song for a hero and continues the overall feel good vibe of this album), "Death Mountain" (employs some of my favorite synth bass lines used by M83 and Crystal Castles)."Cry Flames" reminds me of Jimi Hendrix if he were reincarnated and made into a robot. The jamming out on this track is insane), "After Light" (by far the most beautiful track on the album. It begins quiet and beautiful then erupts into a desperate beat driven track. It's almost tragic and orchestral sounding.),and then "Crystal Echo" ends the album nicely and sounds like Gunstar Heroes. Yes, I know too many video game references, but if you listen to this album you'll hear it. You can't resist the urge to smile and enjoy this album. Will definitely be in rotation for years to come. A fine piece of work and worthy of being in the Warp catalog.

    2.SMM:Context- Various Artists

    SMM series is a long running ambient series from Ghostly International. It had been years since a proper SMM compilation had come along. The last one was part of a double disc with Idol Tryouts back in 2005. This compilation showcases some of the best ambient artists around at this time and some stalwarts (Goldmund ,Manual, Rafael Anton Irisarri,Kyle Bobby Dunn, and Peter Broderick.) as well. I discovered some great artists through this compilation like Leyland Kirby with his track "Polaroid" which delicately makes one feel reflective which maybe explains the title of the track. Looking at a picture remembering times past and longing for them. Svarte Greiner's track "Halves" is a nice haunting beauty that certainly owes a lot to Tim Hecker but is enjoyable. Christina Vantzou's "11 generations of My Father" is easily the stand out track on the album. If you don't feel anything when you hear it then I question whether you can feel anything at all. It's powerful, sad,mysterious, and beautiful. Her LP is also worth checking out. Jacaszek's "Elegia" brightens the mood up on the comp with light piano sounds. Still the mysterious tone persists. Aidan Baker's "Substantiated" was interesting to hear since I've only heard his work with Tim Hecker. It's as atmospheric but less sonic sans Hecker. Like the other artists on the comp it makes me want to check out his LPs past and future to come. A very rewarding compilation for times to reflect and ponder...

    3.Death In Vegas- Trans Love Energies

    There's too much to write about this album. It was a long wait and worth it to me. It's basically a catalog of all their past sounds and incarnations. The kraut rock, space rock, shoegaze, acid and electronic elements are all in place. Listen to "Blackhole", "Lightening Bolt", "Come Ride With Me", "COUM", and "Your Loft My Acid". All really good tracks. For those in the mood for nostalgia fix, this is the album for you. It at times sounds like something released in 1995. This is a good thing.

    4. Belong- Common Era

    The album blasts off with the opener track "Come See". Sweeping walls of sound and a really kraut rock sounding bass guitar riff/drum beat. Dark and sonic album with an addition of vocals that was missing from their first album. This is not like the ambient noise album they put out nearly 5 years ago, but a lot of the atmospheric elements are still in place. This is certainly more accessible than their past album "October Language" which I highly recommend as well. That's not to say it is any lesser of an album. Actually, the beats, synths, walls of noise and vocals work really well through out the album. "A Walk" and "Different Heart" are very cold and loud. These tracks can't be on repeat enough. "Different Heart" really induces the feeling of floating as the vocals become overtaken by the guitars. It spirals into a beautiful sonic sound by the end of the track. This is the perfect album for walks at night and driving with the windows down on a cold day. Really enjoying it during this colder season. "Perfect Life" is the brightest track with some really nicely sampled beats but still has that ominously cold feel to it like the rest of the album."Make Me Return" reminds me a lot of a shoegazey Joy Division without Ian Curtis. "Common Era" is a track that sounds buried under a sea of sound and in your headphones you'll feel buried and not want to come up for air. So basically, if you like shoegaze and darker sounding synthesizer music then you'll like this. It was the surprise release of 2011 for me.

    5. Warm Ghost- Narrows

    After some excellent Eps (See "Claws Overhead"), they finally put out their debut LP "Narrows" I saw them live for the release and must say it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. "I Will Return", "Once One","Inside and Out", and "Splay of Road" are the stand out tracks. The whole album is a lush and atmospheric composition. The synth lines in it are quite Vangelis, John Foxx, and Talk Talk inspired. Vocally, quite Depeche Mode inspired.

    6.The Field- Looping State of Mind
    7.Purple Bloom-Purple Bloom EP
    8.Walls-Coracle
    9.Com Truise- Galactic Melt
    10.D. Gookin-Spiral Style
    11.Battles-Gloss Drop
    12.M83- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming!
    13.Bibio- Mind Bokeh
    14.Plaid- Scintilli
    15.Asobi Seksu-Fluorescence
    16.Seefeel-Seefeel
    17.Mogwai-Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
    18.Pale Sketcher-Seventh Heaven EP
    19.Christina Vantzou-No. 1
    20.HTRK-Work,Work,Work


    See other journal for all albums I liked in 2011
  • Top Releases of 2010

    3 Ene 2012, 16:36

    2010 noteworthy releases so far..
    *****denotes album of the year.

    Stellarium-Self Titled
    The Radio Dept.-Clinging To A Scheme
    Mission Of Burma-The Sound The Speed The Light
    Phantogram-Eyelid Movies
    Mux Mool- Lady Linda EP
    Mux Mool- Viking Funeral EP
    Mux Mool- Skulltaste
    A Setting Sun- Flower Garden of Doom
    Gonjasufi- A Sufi and a killer
    Infinite Body- Carve Out The Face of My God
    Aleksi Perälä-Mental Union
    800beloved-Everything Purple LP
    Shigeto-Semi Circle EP
    Solvent- Loss For Words EP
    Crystal Castles-Crystal Castles (II)
    Team Ghost- You Never Did Anything Wrong To Me
    Kyle Bobby Dunn- A Young Person's Guide To Kyle Bobby
    Ifwhen-Null Set EP
    Highspire-Aquatic
    Charles Trees- The Dream EP
    Screen Vinyl Image- Remixes
    Solvent-Subject To Shift
    Hammock- Chasing After Shadows...Living With The Ghosts
    Malory- Pearl Diver
    School of Seven Bells- Windstorm EP
    Faux Pas- Noiseworks
    Emeralds- Does It Look Like I'm Here?
    The Sight Below- It All Falls Apart
    JDSY- Blue Newspaper
    Jonas Reinhardt-Powers of Audition
    Shigeto-Things We Held On To EP
    Autechre-Move Of Ten
    Autechre-Oversteps
    Ceremony-Rocket Fire
    Matthew Dear- Black City
    School of Seven Bells- Disconnect From Desire
    Christopher Willits-Tiger Flower Circle Sun
    Anamanaguchi-Scott Pilgrim Vs The World:The Game OST
    Seeland-Black Dot, White Spider EP
    Seeland-How To Live
    Pale Sketcher-Jesu:Pale Sketches Demixed
    Manual-Drowned In Light
    PVT-Church With No Magic
    André Obin-Front Runner
    Screen Vinyl Image- Ice Station
    Raymond Scott Woolson- Broken Things Mended
    Tangerine Dream- Views From A Red Train
    Team Ghost- Celebrate What You Can't See EP
    Gold Panda- Lucky Shiner
    Mux Mool- Wax Rose Saturday Night EP
    Walls- Walls
    Copy- Hard Dream
    Tame Impala- Innerspeaker
    Dorian White- Holding A Ghost EP
    Shigeto-Full Circle*****
    Various Artists- Total 11 (Kompakt)
    Peter Broderick- How They Are
    Benoit Pioulard- Lasted
    Lorn- Nothing Else
    Wisp-We Miss You
    Tamaryn- The Waves
    Mark McGuire- Living With Yourself
    Amusement Parks On Fire- Road Eyes
    ISO50 presents "Dry Waves"
    Com Truise-Cyanide Sisters EP
    Warm Ghost-Claws Overhead
    Clint Mansell-Black Swan OST
    Swans- My Father Will Lead Me Up A Rope To The Sky
    Light Asylum-In Tension EP