Poll Closing Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020 00:00 (in 2 days)
These lonely orphaned albums were adopted by a single doting ILMer and loved with all their heart. So much so, they made it to the very top of their ballots. Now you decide which is deserving of such adoration!
― octobeard, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:11 (one week ago) link
Unlike years past, I actually have heard more than a few of these. Trying hard not to just go ahead and pick Yosi Horikawa off the bat.
― octobeard, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:12 (one week ago) link
Hadn Dadn! Hadn Dadn! Хадн Дадн!
Fun, beautiful, indie-synth-pop with tremendous folkish vocals.
― ShariVari, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:18 (one week ago) link
I got a fair bit of mileage out of the Davachi/KaIma, Fire! Orchestra and the Pekler after playlist exposure. (Thanks peeps!) So maybe one of those...
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:30 (one week ago) link
Santilli - SurfaceThat was my number one - far from the most conspicuosly amazing thing that came out last year but something I kept coming back to for its understated gentleness. Sounds pretty much like if Gaussian Curve had been on ECM records. Also somewhat drawn to it by the fact it's just one guy playing all the instruments on it.― ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 08:23
That was my number one - far from the most conspicuosly amazing thing that came out last year but something I kept coming back to for its understated gentleness. Sounds pretty much like if Gaussian Curve had been on ECM records. Also somewhat drawn to it by the fact it's just one guy playing all the instruments on it.
― ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 08:23
― ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 08:34 (one week ago) link
Two if these are mine (Moon King and Grace Lightman) and this wasn't even tactical.
― nashwan, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:36 (one week ago) link
Tuomas at 8:36 7 Feb 20Gavin, Leeds at 12:53 7 Feb 20Tayhana - Tierra del FuegoI listened to this the other day and liked it!Glad to hear, as I was the one who nominated this and gave the only vote it got. I knew putting it on the top of my list would probably be futile, but it does have a weird melange of fast and complex breaks and evocative horrorcore synths, so it was unlike any electronic music I'd heard last year, I'm sure fans of artists like Jlin or Gazelle Twin might appreciate it. Anyway AFAIK Tierra de Fuego is the first thing Tayhana's ever released, so hopefully she has bright future ahead.
― Tuomas, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:37 (one week ago) link
Bartosz Kruczyński - Baltic Beat II
Also one of mine, was rocking that all summer until the Santilli came along. Again it's basically placid music for zoning out to
― ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 08:40 (one week ago) link
Oh, I was also the sole voter for the Marilyn Mazur's Shamania album. If you like impressionistic fusion jazz with folk influences and plenty of percussion, you should check it out. It's also notable for having a 10 strong jazz band where all the players are women, without this being a gimmick or a selling point.
― Tuomas, Friday, 7 February 2020 08:43 (one week ago) link
Will need to try a few before voting, but I'm immediately familiar with and a fan of the Charlie Cawood - really lovely chamber-prog-folk by a dazzling multi-instrumentalist. He is also part of the band I voted into #5 (Lost Crowns) and a very pleasant chap to boot
― TOO LOW, the Curator (imago), Friday, 7 February 2020 09:06 (one week ago) link
Feel straight up betrayed at being the only voter for Anna Webber. Come on, ilx, I thought we had something?
Anyway, it's jazz. Based on modern compositional music like Xenakis, etc. Microtonal themes and weird grooves in 13/8. I loved the sound of it, and it was weirdly dancable like late Autechre or experimental d'n'b. No album freaked me out more over the year, it was basically the catalyst for so much listening throughout the year.
― Frederik B, Friday, 7 February 2020 09:46 (one week ago) link
LISTENING LINKS + vague descriptions by some people on the internet
Afriqua - Colored – another set of Afrofuturist dancefloor tackle
Alice Coltrane Sextet - Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972 – This is a bootleg, make no mistake!
Andrew Pekler - Sounds From Phantom Islands – experimental ambient electronic music exotica field recording
Anna Webber - Clockwise – *lives* the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music
Bartosz Kruczyński - Baltic Beat II – Polish ambient music alchemist
Charlie Cawood - Blurring Into Motion – mystical sounds, invoking the music of a long-forgotten time
Copeland - Blushing – a gorgeous reminder that the heart never sleeps
Covey - Some Cats Live, Some Cats Die – indie rock Brooklyn
Dominic Miller - Absinthe – "Lautrec and Van Gogh and a lot of these guys were tripping on absinthe"
Filmmaker - Somber Realm – electronic coldwave dungeon electro Colombia
Fire! Orchestra - Arrival – a mere 14 people groove in a thoroughly unexpected, loose-limbed, and Kosmische fashion
Girlpool - What Chaos is Imaginary – the pair explore worlds more ambitious than ever before
Grace Lightman - Silver Eater – disco-nodding, genre-spanning, alt-pop record
Hadn Dadn - Lyaoakyn – Cool electronic indie pop with folk elements
The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru The Passion – rock and roll
Kris Baha - Palais – alienation, detachment, melancholia and lust
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - Rainford – sessions that span Jamaica, Brazil and the UK
Lightning Dust - Spectre – "It’s for all the women warriors"
Magma - Zëss – one 38 minute long track
Marilyn Mazur's Shamania - Shamania – the latest stunning venture in a consistently intrepid career
MC Yallah & Debmaster - Kubali – A prime showcase of east Africa’s incredibly fertile electronic dance music scene
Meernaa - Heart Hunger – r'n'b rock post-rock Oakland
Minor Pieces - The Heavy Steps of Dreaming – heart-rending avant-folk
Moon King - Voice Of Lovers – new dance-floor-focused version of Moon King Pulselovers - Cotswold Stone – hauntology motorik psychedelia Doncaster
Santilli - Surface – deep and sprawling jazz in an ECM vein
Sarah Davachi & Ariel Kalma - Intemporel – a single trip on the edge of time
Tayhana - Tierra del Fuego – Darkly absorbing new dembow mutation
Terminal Cheesecake - Le Sacre Du Liévre – 7 tracks of unyielding psych freak outs
Yosi Horikawa - Spaces – Detailed electronic sound design meets jazzy, chords-driven broken beats
― sbahnhof, Friday, 7 February 2020 10:09 (one week ago) link
haha, those all sound tremendous tbh!
― ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 10:14 (one week ago) link
yeh, thanks for that sbahnhof!
― nxd, Friday, 7 February 2020 10:17 (one week ago) link
Baltic Beat II was a cut from my ballot at the last moment. Didn't quite connect with me the same way the first one did (which was my #1 pick that year)
― groovypanda, Friday, 7 February 2020 10:18 (one week ago) link
i thought it had no hope of placing so i didn’t vote for it. tbh i was right
― american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 7 February 2020 10:37 (one week ago) link
The ilm Meernaa thread never really took off, but I thought that album would get more than just my vote. It was my #1 for a good part of last year until a couple other things dislodged it.
Totes forgot to vote for the Lightning Dust, or else it would haven't gotten this lonely distinction.
― Johnny Fever, Friday, 7 February 2020 11:07 (one week ago) link
Pulselovers - Cotswold Stone – hauntology motorik psychedelia Doncaster
This sounds good on first listen!
― Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 7 February 2020 11:08 (one week ago) link
yeah that caught my eye, ditto terminal cheesecake
― TOO LOW, the Curator (imago), Friday, 7 February 2020 11:15 (one week ago) link
"Anna Webber - Clockwise – *lives* the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music"
probably won't accumulate much ilm interest but it is a fucking fine album.
― calzino, Friday, 7 February 2020 11:24 (one week ago) link
Moon King was my #1 - evident influences include Patrick Cowley, early Ministry, DAF, DFA, 80s Italo, The Knife...listened to it only slightly more than Shura
― nashwan, Thursday, 6 February 2020
Also wanted to post about Grace Lightman before based on the original releases of 'Faultless' and 'Repair Repair' in 2015/6 but couldn't decide where and for the album they've been re-recorded and imo inferior to the originals (the latter had an intro totally different from the rest of the track and would've been a great way to start the album - still not sure why this was ditched) but still a promising debut. TBH she can be comfortably slotted in with many other Shambha-lectro edge pop chanteuses so if you like several of them already you ought her too (she deserves as much attention as ones who have placed in previous EOY lists put it that way). Single 'Aztec Level' due to its schaffel beat will either seem too dated or a perfectly reasonable Goldfrapp homage all these years later. The Moloko-ish 'Exoskeleton', kosmische instrumental 'Deep Space Getaway' and dreampop ballad 'Iridescent Behaviour' are also highlights.
― nashwan, Friday, 7 February 2020 12:27 (one week ago) link
I listened to Moon King a bit back when they were a duo, but haven't followed closely (or at all) since Daniel began doing it alone. This is way different.
― Johnny Fever, Friday, 7 February 2020 12:33 (one week ago) link
Looking forward to hearing these albums - it's the most promising bunch we've had since the polls started!
― sbahnhof, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:06 (one week ago) link
Girlpool would've been in my own top 3 had I voted, so that.
― jaymc, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:22 (one week ago) link
I liked the Moon King track that was nominated in the tracks poll. Will have to check out the rest. Thanks, nashwan.
― Indexed, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:24 (one week ago) link
really surprised I was the only vote for Magma
― frogbs, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:49 (one week ago) link
Minor Pieces was my #2 pick and in most years it would have been #1. Fell hard for that record.
― EZ Snappin, Friday, 7 February 2020 23:14 (one week ago) link
man, i loved that meernaa album and then totally forgot about it. i think i must've forgotten to add it to the playlist where i keep the new albums i hear.
anyway, that's my vote.
― ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 7 February 2020 23:21 (one week ago) link
ha, my #1s always end up in these polls :(
― geoffreyess, Friday, 7 February 2020 23:32 (one week ago) link
Pulselovers was my 3rd place vote. On the Castles in Space label, which had an annus mirabilis last year but this was the pick of their album releases. While the guy behind it lives in Doncaster, this record captures memories of summers spent in Burford in Gloucestershire during his youth. Incredible packaging with the physical edition too, with lots of extras like postcards and badges - I believe there are still copies available.
Of the rest, I have heard Copeland and Meerna and both are recommended.
― Jeff W, Saturday, 8 February 2020 09:50 (one week ago) link
Anna Webber's Clockwise is the only one in the list where I couldn't find a full-album version online -- Bandcamp has 3 tracks for free.
― sbahnhof, Saturday, 8 February 2020 10:48 (one week ago) link
It's on Apple music... Honestly the inclusion of pi music on am is the best argument for the service
― Frederik B, Saturday, 8 February 2020 11:00 (one week ago) link
I should probably stan for Yosi Horikawa as it was my number 1. He's a Japanese 'sound artist' who employs his own field recordings to the cause of hyper detailed and beautiful new-agey kinda balearica. Easily played this album more than any other last year
― or something, Saturday, 8 February 2020 12:40 (one week ago) link
Nope, I *still* can't do embeds :'(
― or something, Saturday, 8 February 2020 12:41 (one week ago) link
Sarah Davachi & Ariel Kalma - Intemporel (1st)
this was my #1 so voting for that obv
― uncrut gems (crüt), Saturday, 8 February 2020 21:10 (one week ago) link
― geoffreyess, Friday, February 7, 2020 5:32 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink
wear it as a badge of pride imo!
― uncrut gems (crüt), Saturday, 8 February 2020 21:11 (one week ago) link
After a cursory listen to the records I hadn't heard, Afriqua, Andrew Pekler, Bartosz Kruczyński, Fire! Orchestra, and Santilli really stood out to me. Still going with Yosi Horikawa though - Spaces is really good, up there with his last one, Vapor. Baltic Beat II I'm somewhat surprised for being orphaned. The first Baltic Beat made the 2016 Albums Poll.
― octobeard, Sunday, 9 February 2020 00:08 (one week ago) link
that copeland album rules
― k3vin k., Sunday, 9 February 2020 05:10 (one week ago) link
that Santilli album is gorgeous, I would have voted for it if I thought there was anyone else out there listening to it
― boxedjoy, Sunday, 9 February 2020 11:11 (one week ago) link
Yes this Santelli album is lovely!
― Tim F, Monday, 10 February 2020 07:16 (one week ago) link
Between Alice Coltrane and Lee Perry.
― Hinklepicker, Monday, 10 February 2020 10:44 (one week ago) link
Terminal Cheesecake = my #1. Probabky the decade's prd eminent example of this micro-genre:
Crazy Psychedelia (Helios Creed, Butthole Surfers and...?)
― are you a fan of i.die music (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 05:49 (six days ago) link
I'm enjoying the Filmmaker so far, Somber Realm...
How many albums did they make last year?
― sbahnhof, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 12:02 (five days ago) link
8 albums and 1 ep. They're all very good. I'd say the best ones are Somber Realm, The Love Market and Noir Times.
I listened to hours and hours of Filmmaker while working in 2019. It's very good music for focusing.
― silverfish, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 14:46 (five days ago) link
Terminal Cheesecake bringing the mad bright-weather grandeur rn ty
― imago, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:12 (five days ago) link
Hadn Dadn! Hadn Dadn! Хадн Дадн!Fun, beautiful, indie-synth-pop with tremendous folkish vocals.― ShariVari, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:18 bookmarkflaglink
― ShariVari, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:18 bookmarkflaglink
That's a great album, very interesting sound.
Hadn Dadn's just brought out a new album, Nostalgia, last week:
- https://hadndadn.bandcamp.com/album/--2- https://pervoe.online/news/student-v-teme/3278-hadn_dadn_interview/ / autotranslated to English
4 days more of the poll – I'll try to hear a bunch of the albums from K to Z. Even the Magma one if I have time, although they went downhill after "Toca's Miracle" imo
― sbahnhof, Saturday, 15 February 2020 06:42 (two days ago) link
Oh, and either this is a humorous Russian mistranslation, or I've totally missed this famous pairing... has anyone got any idea?
- Coin and Buckwheat are called the voice of a generation. They are practically memes. Can you imagine what generation voice you could be (or are)? What do you think about the Coin and Buckwheat phenomenon? Why did they become symbols?- Coin and Buckwheat have their recognizable intonations and, of course, that they carry in their songs. On our strange slurred stage they are a new phenomenon, performers with a finished image, speaking modern language.Our music is more complicated, you won’t immediately enter it, but I really hope that they will soon understand us. - (From the Hadn Dadn interview)
― sbahnhof, Saturday, 15 February 2020 06:45 (two days ago) link
Monetochka and Greshka translate literally as ‘small coin’ and ‘buckwheat’. They’re both young singers with huge followings.
Monetochka / монеточка
― ShariVari, Saturday, 15 February 2020 06:50 (two days ago) link
― sbahnhof, Saturday, 15 February 2020 06:51 (two days ago) link
MC Yallah & Debmaster - Kubali – A prime showcase of east Africa’s incredibly fertile electronic dance music scene
Forgot to mention - the Boomkat review/blurb finishes with the words
"100% bad as fuck."
I was p much ready to vote for Kubali on the basis of that alone.
The Meernaa album is really nice... maybe just "5% bad AF" in their case
― sbahnhof, Monday, 17 February 2020 06:29 (six hours ago) link