The year 2020 was a difficult year for most people in the world due to the pandemic. It was a hard year for me too, especially mentally. I listened to a lot less new music in 2020 than I did in the years before.
Nevertheless, on this last day of the year, I came up with a list of 20 albums that I enjoyed a lot this year. There are tons of albums that I missed when I look at the end-of-year lists that people post on social media. I will be interested to check them out and pick out a few albums that I haven’t heard yet.
For every album I included links where you can buy the albums, and a links to odesli that function as hubs to all big streaming services.
Enough with the introduction, and enough with 2020.
On to a new year and hopefully a better year!
It’s the second day of Christmas, which I think is an excellent time to look back on the albums that I enjoyed in the year 2019. My music taste has shifted more towards the ambient music genre in the past year, so you will find a lot of ambient releases on the list. My most favorite albums are near the top, but the order of the albums is not a hard ranking. I liked every single album in this list.
Where available I included a link to the artist’s Bandcamp page. If the artist did not use Bandcamp, I linked to their official store, shop or to their album on Amazon as a last resort. All streaming links were made with Odesli (previously song.link) that generates a hub with links to all popular streaming services.
Of course I won’t mention my own ambient album in this list, that was also released in 2019 (which you can check out on Bandcamp over here and stream over here. 😉 ) That would be too narcissistic, right? 🙂
So without further ado, here is my list of 25 albums that I enjoyed a lot in 2019.
The year is nearly over and Christmas Eve knocks on the door. I think I’ve waited long enough now to publish my list of the 25 albums that I enjoyed the most in 2018. The list is somewhat ranked to show the albums that I enjoyed the most near the top of the list, but it’s definitely not a definitive ranking of these 25 releases.
I have included links to the music using the marvelous song.link website, so you’ll have a hub for every album that shows you links to your available music buying/streaming websites.
Happy listening and happy holidays!
- Lydian Collective – Adventure (song.link)
- Roine Stolt’s The Flower King – Manifesto of an Alchemist (song.link)
- Field Music – Open Here (song.link)
- Saariselka – Ceres (song.link)
- Alasca – Plea For Peace (song.link)
- Flying Horsemen – Rooms / Ruins (song.link)
- Juha-Matti Rautiainen – Above Me Weeps The Sky (song.link)
- Telomere – Supergiant (song.link)
- William Basinski & Lawrence English – Selva Oscura (song.link)
- Chris Weeks – Journey to Mars (song.link)
- 36 – Ego Death (song.link)
- James Murray – Falling Backwards (song.link)
- Mount Shrine – Winter Restlessness (song.link)
- Kenji Kihara – 点 線 面 – ten sen men (song.link)
- Spock’s Beard – Noise Floor (song.link)
- Ryley Walker – The Lilleywhite Sessions (song.link)
- The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution (song.link)
- Gazpacho – Soyuz (song.link)
- Biosphere – The Hilvarenbeek Recordings (song.link)
- Manuel Guimarães – Bloom : Synopsis of Generative Compositions (song.link)
- Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society – Wow and Flutter (song.link)
- Clown Core – Toilet (song.link)
- Audio Wallpaper – Inlets (song.link)
- Wolfgang Merx – Triptychon II (song.link)
- Oak – False Memory Archive (song.link)
For the first time in my life I have taken the time to compile a best-of-the-year album list. When you browse through the list you may notice that there are quite a number of indie artists among them. Most of these I discovered through Bandcamp: a website where artists can showcase and sell their music. I use Bandcamp myself too for my ambient project Crows Labyrinth. Bandcamp is a real treasure trove for discovering new music and new artists.
- David Bowie – The Next Day
- Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
- Yellowjackets – A Rise in the Road
- Udo Pannekeet – On
- Grey Frequency – When Do We Dream?
- Ulver with the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra – Messe I.X-VI.X
- Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)
- April Larson – Tempête
- Grey Frequency – Cold Geometry
- Microvolt – Peacedrifts
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