Poll Closing Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00 (in 6 days)
These albums were seemingly forgotten by everyone here except one single voter. And that voter not only placed them on their ballot, but in the top 3. What does that say about the album? About the voter? Which of these lonely records deserve attention?
― octobeard, Sunday, 10 February 2019 05:54 (six days ago) Permalink
Aw cool, I used to love Various Artists' earlier work
― sbahnhof, Sunday, 10 February 2019 06:23 (six days ago) Permalink
* As is traditional,
Click a link to listen ...... plus vague words by SOMEBODY
A Forest of Stars - Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes - magniloquent, abstract, metaphoric, with an abysmal message
The Adults - Haja - fusion of musical styles from Sudan and New Zealand
Anne Garner - Lost Play - celebrates the vital, unrestrained joy of childhood
J. S. Bach - Hilary Hahn Plays Bach: Sonatas 1 & 2, Partita 1 - plays the heartstrings of Bach
Bill Ryder Jones - Yawn - alternative rock folk rock indie rock minimal West Kirby
Blood Claat Orange - SweeTS 3D - punk dream pop electronic goth hip hop noise Leeds
Boy Azooga - 1, 2, Kung Fu! - a genre-transcending melting pot of styles and sounds
Carla Dal Forno - Top Of The Pops - six songs of sultry pop devotion
Chris Corsano / Bill Nace / Steve Baczkowski - Mystic Beings - 8 mins of previews are online, and wow!
Django Django - Marble Skies - a back-to-basics approach
Dream Wife - Dream Wife - God damn have we been waiting a long time for a band like Dream Wife
Earthling Society - MO-The Demon - an imaginary soundtrack to the Shaw Brothers batshit psychedicrazy Kung Fu horror ‘The Boxer’s Omen’
El efecto - Memórias do fogo - experimental rock new brazilian progressive
Goat Girl - Goat Girl - creates a half fantasy world out of a very dirty ugly city reality
Hilary Woods - Colt - an intensely personal journey through grief, abandonment, and mutating love
Jean-Michel Blais - Dans Ma Main - Recorded almost exclusively between 9pm and 3am
Job Sifre - Het Bestaan - electronic acid industrial synth techno wave
Julian Lage - Modern Lore - melds precision with possibility
Junes - A View - crisp grooves and ghostly palettes
Lionel Marchetti & Cat Hope - The Last Days of Reality - experimental australia france musique concrète
Kaku P-Model - Times = Times (Kai=Kai) - by Susumu Hirasawa - Individual tracks are online
Meg Bowles - Evensong: Canticles for the Earth - Deep space drifts and rich harmonic textures
Monetochka - Раскраски для взрослых (Colouring Book for Adults) - once a viral sensation but now a fully fledged chartbuster
Murmur Mori - La Morte Dell'unicorno - forest folk medieval folk neofolk occitan
Omit - Enclosures 2011-2016 - experimental bruce russell drone
Park Jiha - Communion - ancient sounds, modern vibe
Phew - Voice Hardcore - comprised entirely of her iconic, instantly recognizable voice, twisted, folded and layered
Riccardo - Imprints Records Podcast #004 - #Elettronica
Roy Kinsey - Blackie - chicago born, queer-identified, rapper and librarian
SOB X RBE - Gangin II - arrived amid uncertainty surrounding the group’s future
SRSQ - Unreality - electronic dreampop shoegaze Dallas
Sunwatchers - II - experimental jazz psychedelia punk rock
Tenderlonious featuring The 22archestra - The Shakedown - hip-hop, afrobeat, latin and exhilarating free form jazz
thee open sex - white horses - a decade-long practice of reductive composition
Various Artists - Drone Not Drones V - the 5th annual 28-hour drone
Various Artists - Silk To Dry The Tears - fogged house, fantasy acid, nocturnal electronics, sleepwalker pop
Yu Su - Preparations For Departure - Previews on Juno/Soundcloud
― sbahnhof, Sunday, 10 February 2019 06:24 (six days ago) Permalink
*link for Omit's Enclosures 2011-2016, hmm, NZ to Oslo
― sbahnhof, Sunday, 10 February 2019 06:40 (six days ago) Permalink
Heh, who were the other high-ranking votes for Dan Weiss and Kyle Gann?
― silent as a seashell Julia (Sund4r), Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:43 (six days ago) Permalink
Hello! Gann was my #9.
Will vote SRSQ here. As I said the other day, "SRSQ album was pretty good gothwave - even if you don't know the tragic backstory it elicits plenty of emotion!" but it's probably even better than that
― imago, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:29 (six days ago) Permalink
crüt also gave Gann a whole bag of points I think
Forest of Stars also good and there are some cool-looking things here to check out
― imago, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:32 (six days ago) Permalink
Monetochka and Murmur Mori were mine. The former is probably my favourite album of the last 5+ years.
Of the stuff I didn’t vote for, Carla del Forno is very good.
― ShariVari, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:35 (six days ago) Permalink
I'm listening, but I'm expecting Brodka levels at least
― imago, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:39 (six days ago) Permalink
It’s very different to Brodka!
― ShariVari, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:43 (six days ago) Permalink
Goat Girl was one of my favorites.
― nicky lo-fi, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:45 (six days ago) Permalink
xp It is! Brodka probably more my thing as you'd guess, but this is bringing the tunes nicely.
― imago, Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:47 (six days ago) Permalink
i've heard about five of these? out of those, the Roy Kinsey is easily my favourite and i highly recommend it to anyone who liked last year's Saba album or anything similar.
― ufo, Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:08 (six days ago) Permalink
i thought all year the Django Django album was sadly overlooked
and if you haven't heard Sunwatchers, may i suggest changing that ... II is great, but their new one Illegal Moves is out later this month and it's even better
― alpine static, Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:43 (six days ago) Permalink
Can't believe I was the sole voter for Phew. Voting for Blood Claat Orange as that was my number two, but also wondering who else voted for my number one (the Anatomy album).
― emil.y, Sunday, 10 February 2019 13:04 (six days ago) Permalink
The Roy Kinsey is good. I haven’t heard the rest.I’m going to take this opportunity to highlight my #4 album, Onipa Akoma by Ghanaian rapper Akan, which is a beautiful piece of work, all about vibes, less about jams. Akan is obviously influenced by Kendrick Lamar, but sound- and beat-wise the album leans very much Ghanian. This goes for the language as well. I don’t understand Twi, but it sounds particularly beautiful coming from Akan’s mouth.Check out the videos for “Me Sika Aduro” and ”Helebaba”, if you like.
― breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 February 2019 13:24 (six days ago) Permalink
I was the voter for Hilary Woods. A beautiful, sparse album. Perfect music to listen to in a deserted train station late at night, as I discovered last week.
But I think something went wrong in the counting of votes, because I had the SOB X RBE album in the unweighted part of my ballot, after my top ten.
― ArchCarrier, Sunday, 10 February 2019 13:26 (six days ago) Permalink
Lionel Marchetti & Cat Hope - The Last Days of Reality (2nd)
This was my #2 and it's an incredibly rewarding listen
Meg Bowles - Evensong: Canticles for the Earth (1st)
This barely missed my ballot — it's a fantastic ambient album with some deep space new agey vibes
― ⅋ (crüt), Sunday, 10 February 2019 13:34 (six days ago) Permalink
― imago, Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:29 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
this is true
― ⅋ (crüt), Sunday, 10 February 2019 13:35 (six days ago) Permalink
I'm probably voting for my #1--Earthling Society--but I'm going to listen to everything here
― aquaman goes to college (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:42 (six days ago) Permalink
yes! thanks sbahnhof for the links
― octobeard, Monday, 11 February 2019 07:18 (five days ago) Permalink
Hold on a sec
"But I think something went wrong in the counting of votes, because I had the SOB X RBE album in the unweighted part of my ballot, after my top ten."
Shocking if true! Sorry 1975 fans, the rollout was void
Did SOB X RBE have two albums on the nominations? Gangin' and Gangin' 2, something like that?iirc Gangin' got a few votes
― sbahnhof, Monday, 11 February 2019 08:54 (five days ago) Permalink
Ah, my bad. I never noticed there was a sequel...
― ArchCarrier, Monday, 11 February 2019 13:20 (five days ago) Permalink
The sole #1 vote for Meg Bowles was from me, obviously. I even started a thread about the album, any discussion on it or Bowles in general is welcome there:
Meg Bowles: "Evensong" - the new age/ambient album of the year?
― Tuomas, Monday, 11 February 2019 13:32 (five days ago) Permalink
I listened to the Bowles and promptly forgot it. Listening again now and it's really very good.
― Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 11 February 2019 13:58 (five days ago) Permalink
my #2 and #3 made it here this year,
will try give the rest a listen before the deadline as i dont think i know any!
― nxd, Monday, 11 February 2019 14:02 (five days ago) Permalink
This Bill Ryder record is good. Unexpectedly drifting post-rock elements to it (the soaring, EITS branch - not the Disco Inferno one).
― Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 11 February 2019 19:21 (five days ago) Permalink
that Kaku P-Model disc almost made my #1 and probably would've been had I not decided to go with something that actually had a shot at placing. I think those who voted for the Daphne & Celeste album ought to give it a listen
― frogbs, Monday, 11 February 2019 19:29 (five days ago) Permalink
Is the full Kaku P-Model available online? Only individual tracks showed up on a search.
Same as nxt, my No.2 and No.3 are here. I will get the hat-trick one day...
I'd heard a Monetochka single thanks to ShariVari, but the other albums are new to me. There's always something amazing in there...
― sbahnhof, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:59 (four days ago) Permalink
Boy Azooga and Goat Girl were mine.
Surprised both albums didn't gain more traction here, especially the Boy Azooga one which garnered Super Furry comparisons and was inspired by the likes of William Onyeabor, Caribou, Can, Brian Wilson and others.
― groovypanda, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:36 (four days ago) Permalink
Anne Garner - Lost Play (2nd)Jean-Michel Blais - Dans Ma Main (3rd)
These were mine, both very quiet intimate records, I can see why few people would get really excited about them.
― Siegbran, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:10 (four days ago) Permalink
xxp - I don't think so...he's got that Prince-like drive to cover all distribution himself, though he doesn't pull tracks off YouTube. its slowly showing up on iTunes and Apple Music though
― frogbs, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:18 (four days ago) Permalink
Apart from Earthling Society, I've heard Sunwatchers (my #3), A Forest of Stars, El Efecto, and Park Jiha, all of which are good to great.
Listening to SRSQ rn and it's pretty good also!
― aquaman goes to college (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 21:46 (four days ago) Permalink
Good lord that Drone Not Drones release is waay longer than NTS Sessions 1-4. It's like a compilation of mini albums, or more realistically a compilation of every live performance at a largish festival... of drones. Definitely not going to get to all of that, but there are some noteworthy (to me at least) contributions from bands like Loscil and Low.
― octobeard, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:39 (three days ago) Permalink
The Drones Not Drones show was my #3. I listened to that whole thing six times, and large chunks of it another six or seven times. When you're in the mood it's great.
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:53 (three days ago) Permalink
My #1 was the Omit set. That thing cast a spell on me.
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:56 (three days ago) Permalink
Haha EZ cast a protest ballot against Oughta-Care worship
― aquaman goes to college (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:03 (three days ago) Permalink
I think my #2 (Jeff Carey - ZERO PLAYER GAME) got one other vote or I'd have a top three on here.
4-5 hours of one artist (Omit) is totally fine. Or 26+ hours of various people playing at a drone fest. 8 hours of Autechre is plain wrong.
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:07 (three days ago) Permalink
About Earthling Society's album MO - The Demon, they set themselves a formidable challenge:
Mo - The Demon was recorded at Leeds college of music between November 2017 – February 2018. The basis of the album was to record an imaginary soundtrack to the Shaw Brothers batshit psychedicrazy Kung Fu horror ‘The Boxer’s Omen’ aka MO or demon.The story is an everyday one.After a Hong Kong kickboxer is paralysed by a cheating Thai competitor, his mobster brother vows revenge and journeys to Thailand for a duel. Along the way, our hero is met by bizarre visions, entered into a Buddhist monastery, and begins a quest to save the soul of a deceased Monk (his twin brother in a past life) who died at the hands of a powerful black magician.We’ve all been there. However the movie descends into a kind of spiritual Jodorowsky mushroom fest that is completely deranged and is therefore one of those perfect midnight movies.So we got free studio time at LCM in November and just went ‘fuck it’ lets make an imaginary soundtrack in homage to such a great movie.
The full film The Boxer's Omen seems to be online, and I was going to post the trailer, but got distracted by Demon Of The Lute
― sbahnhof, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:28 (three days ago) Permalink
Anne Garner - Lost Play (2nd)Jean-Michel Blais - Dans Ma Main (3rd)These were mine, both very quiet intimate records, I can see why few people would get really excited about them.― Siegbran, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
They're the ones I'm looking forward to most!
The difference between music in the bottom 700 and top 77 isn't that great. It's affected by a lot of non-musical factors too. (Publicity/location/stanning threads etc)
― sbahnhof, Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:30 (two days ago) Permalink
^ Apparently Anne Garner had an unhappy religious childhood - https://www.textura.org/archives/interviews/fivequestions_garner.htm
― sbahnhof, Friday, 15 February 2019 19:46 (yesterday) Permalink
my #1 was All Melody... which now makes me think my ballot wasn’t counted, probably I fucked something up.
― beard papa, Friday, 15 February 2019 20:19 (yesterday) Permalink
Nils Frahm hasd one #1 vote but also 5 other votes so is rightly not included in this poll
― groovypanda, Friday, 15 February 2019 20:23 (yesterday) Permalink
This is how I discovered Lando Chill. And that made my ballot, so thanks stanner!
― octobeard, Friday, 15 February 2019 21:46 (yesterday) Permalink