Here it is, at long last--the 2012 installment of my albums of the year list. As per the usual, this thing is an absolute monster to make, and this is the first of four parts which should be coming out over the next month or so, time permitting. All these albums are legitimately fantastic, so don't hesitate to seek out any that pique your interest. This year, direct downloads have become less and less reliable, so a lot of the links on here aren't as stable as I like and may or may not get deleted over time (with the exception of the artist-provided ones) so please let me know if you're having trouble finding an album on here, I did the best I could. With that said, go ahead and click on the title of this post to view the first 25 albums on the list, right after the break!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fantastically groovy experimental work. Free ambient sections followed by joyous melodies. Fun beats and otherworldly intrumentals. Densely creative. Overwhelmingly curious. New. Sublime.
Brian Saia - 'Ancient Lakes'
1. The Sailing Stones
2. Salar De Uyuni
4. The Sinking Sea
5. Black Blizzard
6. Song Of Dunes
7. King Clone
8. Ancient Lakes
9. Bombay Beach
Friday, October 26, 2012
Brooding new electronic music from the man who used to go by Gobble Gobble. Less experimental pop. More twisted vocals and evil beats. Scared melodies. Sacred textures. Deep blue. Vitriolic.
Born Gold - 'Little Sleepwalker'
1. Pulse Thief
2. That Way
4. I: Ferocious Body
5. II: Against Silence
6. Sky Bicycle
7. Black Sonar
8. Dawn Tunnel
9. Fires of Disappearing
10. Gauze Pillars
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
More incredible vaporwave from New Dreams Ltd. Swirling synth crescendos. Mighty beatless tracks. Warped vocal samples. Thundering builds. Dominating. Surreal.
Sacred Tapestry - 'Shader'
5. 新たな夢Spirited Child (Color Ocean Sky)
Friday, September 7, 2012
Subdued experimental ambient noisescapes. Furious screeches of feedback. Muffled acoustic reveries. Cassette hum. Viciously obtuse. Painfully obscured. Vital.
The Flowers of St. Francis - 'Vol. 2'
1. All Opaque Visions
2. What Wasn't Still Isn't
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Visceral midwest skramz. Shimmering guitars. Desperate cries. Fast-paced. Supremely powerful. Relevance. Forward motion.
Enta - 'Hello World'
2. Brothers Beckoned
3. Ethics and Standards
4. For Future Present Tense
5. Bad Friends With Good Habits
Monday, August 20, 2012
Deep progressive black metal from Portland. Plodding acoustic tracks. Giant drums. Crashing guitars. Impassioned vocals. Absolutely stunning. Hugely immersive.
Night Heir - 'Wind In My Dream Mist In My House'
I. Weeping of the Boughs
II. The Night Heir
III. No Sympathy From Demanding Idols
IV. Indigo Woman
VI. Temples of Muir (every tree a cross)
VII. Plaintive Orion
VIII. I Seek Myself
IX. I See Myself
X. DawnMan Outroduction
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Extensively anonymous vaporwave. Broken elevator music. Exceptionally smooth beats. Workplace saxophone samples. Deeply oblique electronic production. Densely sensual. Completely unique.
情報デスクVIRTUAL - '札幌コンテンポラリー'
1. WELCOME 2 SHOP@HOME NETW☯RK LLC #WEEDBREAK #ROLL_UP_THEM_BLUNTS_FOR_2K12
2. 札幌地下鉄・・・「ENTERING FLIGHT MUSEUM」
3. ODYSSEUSこう岩寺「OUTDOOR MALL」
4. iMYSTIQUE エジプト航空「EDU」
5. ''GEAR UP'' 4 FLIGHTシアトルズベスト
6. 7 WONDERS OF THE iNTERNET FT WIND☯WS 97「GEOMETRIC HEADDRESS」
7. heihu.org.cn MOON FOUNTAIN
8. PRISM CORP不可能な生き物
9. T E S T A R O S S A interLude ~ iNTELLiMAX RELEASE GROUP PRESENTS
10. NEO SUNSETTERS エネルギー危機iCONGO
11. TUSCANY背筋に対して「NEO SPA」
12. HB☯ PORN
13. CONTEMPORARYセーター (from NEW DREAMS LTD demo)
14. HOTEL TAIWAN WELC☯MES U
15. M A X I FERRARI ~ レーススラム
17. XX ''RUBY DUSK ON A 2ND LIFE NUDE BEACH'' ☯ . . . の生活・・・「ロベルタ」
18. 「GOODNIGHT BLESS YOU」つかの間のSPIRIT
20. 街へSAPPORO NiGHTS BRINGiN IT BACC ✔✔✔ #WEEDBREAK
21. WKPX CEEPHAX '81新しい年 ∕ 「NITE OWL TV」
23. HEALING 海岸で昼寝MY LAST TEARS
24. DAYBREAK 来世 FLIGHT TO ISRAEL (#XFMS 2K12)
25. 3D崖の端 ∕ ''B E Y O N D'' THE LIMIT
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Furious black metal split. Crust and sludgey hardcore influences. Violent shrieks. Blazing drums. Gorgeous guitars. Vital. Urgent.
Cara Neir/Ramlord - 'Split'
1. Cara Neir - Family Dirge
2. Cara Neir - Cradled by Apathy
3. Cara Neir - Wilted Blue
4. Ramlord - Affliction of Clairvoyance (Part One)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
New York emcee/producer. "Queer rap." Ambient productions. Dance floor bangers. Crushing collaborations. Steezy flow. Fun.
Le1f - 'Dark York'
2. Mind Body (Prod. By Boody)
3. &Gomorrah (Prod. By Tom Richman)
4. My Oozy (Prod. By C¥bergiga)
5. Bubbles (Prod. By Nguzunguzu)
7. Go In (Prod. By Morri$)
8. Wut (Prod. By 5kinAndBone5)
13. Gimme Life (Prod. By Nguzunguzu)
14. Hate2Wait (Prod. By Nguzunguzu)
15. Lavandin (Prod. By Morri$)
16. Emulator (Prod. By Boody)
17. Fry Dem
18. Gayngsta (Ft. Don Jones)
19. Giddy Up (Prod. By Matt Shadetek)
Monday, July 16, 2012
Viciously bleak one-man black metal from France. Experimental ambience. Atmospheric guitars. Slow dirges. Throat-tearing shrieks. Dank. Evil.
MISERY - 'Miséricordes'
1. Église de misère
2. Hantée par les plaies
3. Sous l’égide des martyrs
4. Le cloître aux choeurs maudits
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Twisted downtempo. Deep beats. Spiraling synths. Amorphic samples. Deep bass. Dark melodies. Subtle beauty.
Halcyon Silence - 'Today Is Nothing'
1. Tes yeux
2. Today Is Nothing
3. La douceur
5. In Eternity
Friday, June 1, 2012
Korean experimental post-metal. Terrifying shrieks of feedback. Traditional folk influences. Slow builds to huge climaxes. Unlike anything else out there. Brilliant. Pure raw beauty.
잠비나이 (Jambinai) - '차연' (Différance)
1. 소멸의 시간
2. Grace Kelly
3. 감긴 눈 위로 비추는 불빛
4. 바라밀다 (Part 1)
5. 바라밀다 (Part 2)
6, 구원의 손길
7. 텅빈 눈동자 (Part 1)
8. 텅빈 눈동자 (Part 2)
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Expansive modern post-hardcore-tinged post-rock. Flowing organic beats. Urgent abstract vocals. Mighty crescendos. Sweeping walls of guitar. Dramatic. Inspiring.
Caves of Glass - 'Gone from Oceania' (single)
1. Gone from Oceania
2. Barren Earth
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Oppressive noise-drone from Ohio. Deep long-form ambience. Massive walls of noise. Shrieking loops of feedback. Dark. Vicious. Necessary.
Hintergrund - 'Signal Blister'
1. Black Line
3. Total Submersion
4. Half Halo
5. Loss of Light
Monday, April 23, 2012
Semi-acoustic expansive soundscapes. Massively overdistorted post-rock anthems. Beautifully subdued folk. Gorgeously flowing melodies. Top Enemies List quality. Glorious. Sublime.
Dweller on the Threshold - 'Dweller on the Threshold'
1. I (Don't) Know You
2. The Woods: Electric
3. Crumbling House
4. The Drone
5. Where Did You Go?
6. Gallery of Stars
8. Cantos 984
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Super-atmospheric black metal. Hazy guitars. Desperate screams. Immense long-form songs. Bleak. Desolate. Necessary.
Paysage d'Hiver - 'Steineiche'
1. Die Baumfrau
2. Der Baummann
3. Der Baum
4. Déjà Vu
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Remixes and covers of RUIN tracks. Heavy beats. Beautiful ambience. Classic Elite Gymnastics songs. Creative reinterpretations. Swallowing atmospheres. Heady electronics.
Elite Gymnastics - 'RUIN 3'
1. h e r e, i n h e a v e n 3 (Cover by How To Dress Well)
2. h e r e, i n h e a v e n 4 & 5 (Remix by CFCF)
3. s o c l o s e t o p a r a d i s e 2 (Remix by Physical Therapy)
4. h e r e, i n h e a v e n 6 (Anime Skyscraper Remix)
5. m i n n e a p o l i s b e l o n g s t o y o u 3 (Remix by LOL Boys)
6. h e r e, i n h e a v e n 7 (Natalie Bootleg)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Southern California sludge metal. Ludicrously heavy. Immensely mighty. Flattening guitars. Vicious howls. Absolutely massive. Relentlessly brutal.
Black Sheep Wall - 'No Matter Where It Ends'
1. Agnostic Demon
3. Vitruvian God
4. Black Church
6. Ambient Ambitions
7. Cognitive Dissonance
8. Personal Prophet
9. Flesh Tomb
Thursday, March 8, 2012
South African semi-atmospheric black metal. Flowing melodies. Vicious vocals. Destructive instrumentals. Mighty. Heavy. Ceaselessly inventive.
Wildernessking - 'The Writing of Gods in the Sand'
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Abstract darkwave-informed witch house. Dark atmospheres. Liquid beats. Mixed up vocals. Background noise. Confused. Heavy.
Water Borders - 'Harbored Mantras'
1. Tread On Them
2. What Wiwant
4. Bad Ethos
5. Even In The Dark
6. Feasting On Mongeese
7. See Bank
Thursday, February 16, 2012
London-based atmospheric garage. Stuttering two-step beats. Hazy synth textures. Warped vocal samples. Long-form. Late night walks in the grimy city. Enveloping beauty.
Burial - 'Kindred'
3. Ashtray Wasp
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Finally, the Top Ten are here. It's been almost two months in the making, but my list of the top 100 albums of 2011 is finally complete, and regular posting will resume soon. In the meantime, enjoy the final part of the list! Things have been slightly shifted around since Part Four, so it doesn't hurt to give it another glance if you're curious. The top three albums are all very nearly tied, and honestly nothing here should be missed. Anyway, without further ado, click on the 'look' link down there (or the title of this post) to see my top ten albums of the year!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The second-to-last section of my list is finally complete. It's been a long journey, but we're almost there, and I hope you enjoy the lists. I know that a lot of the content doesn't fit in with the regular theme of this blog, but we will be back to normal posting just as soon as the final part of the list is posted. Until then, click on the 'look' button down there (or the title of this post) to view part four of my top albums of 2011!
Monday, January 30, 2012
Well, look at that, we're three-quarters of the way done. Hopefully I'll crank through the last bit of this list soon, but until then, here's numbers 50-26 of my top albums of the year for you all, with descriptions, artwork, genre, countries, and download links. Just click on this post to view the whole thing!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
The second part of my Top 100 Albums of 2011 list. Sorry these take so long to publish, but we're halfway through, and then regular posting will resume. Without any further ado, here are the next 25 albums on the list, presented with art, genre, country of origin, descriptions, top tracks, and download links for your convenience. Just click on this post to read the list!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I'll be issuing my top 100 albums of the year over the next month or so, as I complete each section. As for what's up now, here is the first 25 records in my album of the year list, complete with album art, descriptions, and downloads, just after the break. Check it out!