Best album from the 2020 ILM EOY album poll that received only ONE top 3 weighted vote

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The Kassa record looks like it could be exciting

We’re Up All Night To Get Lochte (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 6 February 2021 00:55 (two months ago) link

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Anna Högberg Attack - Lena (1st) There are moments which feel as though the ensemble is as much punk band as it is jazz sextet

Kassa Overall - I Think I'm Good (1st) The work of an artist whose voice has ripened to its own hard-earned, provocative conclusions, erasing the need to talk about dissolving barriers between hip hop and jazz because he has begun a new conversation.

Maria McKee - La vita nuova (1st) An homage to Dante’s opus on unrequited love. The production is orchestral and operatic and takes it cues from McKee’s lexicon of icons - John Cale, Scott Walker and David Bowie.

Nation of Language - Introduction, Presence (1st) perfectly captures the feeling of the German-influenced synth wave of the early 80s.

Pulse Emitter - Swirlings (1st) Ambient FM-style tones that swim around.

Reuben Vaun Smith - Warm Nights (1st) The sound of warm nights, lapping oceans and a young man, in a Yorkshire shed, wrapping himself in layers of musical warmth and shimmering sonic landscapes.

Yuko Araki - Live Recording 2019-2020 (1st) Harsh noise drones layered by analog synthesizers, cymbals and samples of Japanese traditional instruments creating abstract rhythms and dissonant harmonies that sound like a noise orchestra.

Lauren Bousfield - Palimpsest (2nd) Brings a new found expertise in orchestral arranging from her other work as a cinema composer, and puts vocals to the front

Marta Zapparoli - Sonata Per Eterna (2nd) A composition for electromagnetic radiations

Monetochka - Декоративно-прикладное искусство (2nd) (translated) Filled with allusions and highly social, satirical sketches of contemporary Russian life. Nevertheless, the album marks the transition from the electronic pop sound of Coloring Books for Adults to the musical aesthetics of 20th century Russian pop.

Summer Walker - Life on Earth EP (2nd) A couple sultry strip club joints, a couple guitar-led ballads, a playful reunion with PARTYNEXTDOOR

Windy & Carl - Allegiance and Conviction (2nd) Turning their atmospheric soft focus on everyday life, this is as close as the Detroit dream-pop duo has come to making a pop record

Exquisite Corpse - ∀∃ (3rd) A coherent document of the free-flowing experimentation and musical symbiosis shared between Robbert and Debbie. Created for each other, now to be shared.

Half Waif - The Caretaker (3rd) A ballsy pop record that often uses restraint and delayed payoff to create a deeper connection

Jean Dawson - Pixel Bath (3rd) Touches on themes of belonging, power, and death. Be it garage rock delivery over 2000's alt-pop production, synthwave homages, or a brief foray into industrial rap

Noveller - Arrow (3rd) Feels as if it is filled with dreamscapes and contemplation intersecting with tension and drama, a journey that plays out over it’s dynamic sequence

Sightless Pit - Grave of a Dog (3rd) Perfectly binds the very best features of these three artists and crushes the resulting amalgamation of sound and structure into a sticky, icky doomy nectar

Sofie - Cult Survivor (3rd) Deceptively unassuming, yet nuanced and adult pop influenced by 60s, 70s and 80s pop and filled with staccato piano, warming analogue synths and languid guitar

Various Artists - Anthology of Experimental Music from Mexico (3rd) A secret place where the sound is deep, wide, and treated as a living entity; where live performances feel more like processions, liturgies, or mediums between this realm and the unknown, rather than simple entertainment

octobeard, Saturday, 6 February 2021 01:14 (two months ago) link

Sun Araw - Rock Sutra would have been my #1 if I had voted. I nominated it but see it didn't get any votes

Dan S, Saturday, 6 February 2021 01:33 (two months ago) link

Some really interesting stuff here; I've narrowed down to Maria McKee, Pulse Emitter, Anthology of Experimental Music from Mexico, Half Waif, and Noveller. Sightless Pit is close behind but didn't quite stick as much as the rest did. Arrow was a surprise and out of nowhere beautiful. Captivated by McKee's lyrics and Bowie-isms. The Mexican anthology is also a huge surprise and something I'm happy I stumbled upon via this poll.

octobeard, Monday, 8 February 2021 07:13 (two months ago) link

Half Waif sounds really ILM-friendly and I'd have believed it had placed at #34 or whatever if it had been casually inserted into the rollout.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 8 February 2021 09:41 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 19 February 2021 00:01 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 20 February 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

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