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100 Albums Under 50 Votes 2016

Check a few of these before you post your 2016 lists. Albums are RANKED.
1Ital Tek
Hollowed


idm/Experimental Bass – Departing from his usual dubstep sound, electronic producer Alan Myson creates an album that is simultaneously mechanical and dark (see: ‘Beyond Sight’) and textured and danceable (see: ‘Aquamarine’). A bit of a musical revelation for me.
2Obscure Sphinx
Epitaphs


Post/Atmospheric Sludge Metal - The word seems to be getting out about this one, and deservedly so. This album builds tension through a moody ambience, then breaks that tension with some of the more headbang-worthy moments in music this year. Also contains some excellent soft vocals from frontwoman Zofia ‘Wielebna’ Fras.
3Agnes Obel
Citizen Of Glass


Chamber Pop – Some great vocal melodies here. I’m surprised this isn’t more popular; her last album, ‘Aventine,’ seems to be a bit of a hidden classic.
4Hexvessel
When We Are Death


Psychedelic Folk Rock – Another one that isn’t very popular here, but for different reasons. Hexvessel abandoned much of their ritual ambient sound, instead opting for a poppier, ‘fun’ version of psychedelic rock. For fans of the band, this change was unwelcomed. But for me, this was my first Hexvessel album and I found it to be an addictively weird record.
5Flower Face
Fever Dreams


Bedroom Pop – shoutout to user ‘thekilleruser’ for unearthing this beauty. This album has a haunting allurement to it, despite looking cute and cozy on the surface. If you need an example, check out the song ‘Raphael.’ Shit gives me chills.
6Heron Oblivion
Heron Oblivion


Psychedelic Rock – See #4
7Dextro
In the Crossing


Ambient/Downtempo – Starts off as a somewhat typical downtempo record, then transforms into airy ambient landscapes with brooding synths. I had this one on repeat before bed for quite a while.
8Melanie De Biasio
Blackened Cities


A 20 minute long EP that combines jazz with ambient and post rock, and adds some melancholy vocals on top. Sounds just like it looks on the cover.
9Causa Sui
Return To Sky


Stoner/Psych Rock – Nothing new, but these guys do it better than anyone else out there. Sounds like summer.
10Foreign Fields
Take Cover


Folk – Uses varied instrumentation to create a post rock-y feel. This one grows on me every time I hear it.
11Bubu
Resplandor


70s Progressive Rock Revival…literally, these guys had been silent since 1978, when they released their first and only album, and a successful album at that.
12Darkestrah
Turan


Atmospheric Black Metal - Of all the great atmospheric bm releases this year, the best one may have flew well under the radar.
13Ytamo
Mi Wo


Experimental Electronic from Japan - Weird stuff, much like everything else that comes out of Japan.
14Terrace Martin
Velvet Portraits


Jazz/Soul/R&B – If you listen to one jazzy R&B record this year, make it this one. Has a long list of notable features, including the Great Kamasi Washington. And by the way, this guy did work on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly.’
15Mutual Benefit
Skip a Sinking Stone


Lo-fi Indie Rock/Folk that doesn’t sound too desperate to create emotional appeal. Refreshing.
16Conjurer
I


A heavy, heavy amalgamation of doom, post and black metal. Meshes quite well.
17Suuns
Hold/Still


Experimental/Post Punk – A little over 50 votes, but I had to give it a shoutout because of how much I enjoyed it, despite it typically not being my thing.
18Trees of Eternity
Hour Of The Nightingale


It may take a couple listens to sift through the monotony, but you will be rewarded with a beautifully emotive piece of female-fronted doom.
19Sojourner
Empires of Ash


Atmospheric Black Metal – the kind that takes you to a different place. Contains some folk metal too.
20Mechina
Progenitor


Industrial/Progressive Metal - I know these guys do the same thing every album, but damn this thing is catchy. And the sci-fi atmosphere really resonated with me.
21Forndom
Daura Dura


Ritual Ambient
22John Ghost
For A Year They Slept


Very overlooked album here. John Ghost combines jazz with a hint of ambient and an apparent Mahavishnu Orchestra influence.
23Wolf People
Ruins


Indie/Psychedelic Rock
24Norah Jones
Day Breaks


Pop/Jazz - Norah Jones returns to her roots with a moody, jazz infused pop record.
25Owel
Dear Me


Post Rock/Indie Rock - Here's another one that has grown on me immensely. My first impression was that the vocals didn't carry the same emotional weight as the instruments, but that's only because the music here is so damn powerful. This is an album I could see a lot of people here enjoying.
26JoJo
Mad Love.


Mainstream Pop - Jojo returns from a long hiatus with some sass. Easily the best mainstream pop I've heard in a while
27A Pregnant Light
Rocky


Black Metal - Packs an emotional punch, but not in the way you might expect.
28The Hue
Aurora


Intelligent-Sounding Space Rap
29The Pineapple Thief
Your Wilderness


Prog Rock
30Uada
Devoid of Light


Black Metal
31The Great Cold
The Great Cold


Instrumental Post/Black Metal from Germany - May be better than the new Russian Circles album. Check it.
32Christian Loeffler
Mare


Ambient House
33Zaum
Eidolon


Doom Metal/Psychedelic
34Wildernessking
Mystical Future


Post/Black Metal
352814
Rain Temple


Ambient
36L'Orange and Mr. Lif
The Life and Death of Scenery


Hip-Hop - Cool concept. Wish it was fleshed put properly.
37Phoria
Volition


9. Electronic/Post Rock-ish with vocals - This one's hard to describe. Give it a listen for yourself.
38Leon Vynehall
Rojus


Deep House
39Moth Equals
One Tusk


Trip Hop/Downtempo
40Sarathy Korwar
Day to Day


Jazz/World Music
41Elysia Crampton
Demon City


Haunted House
42Jack DeJohnette / Ravi Coltrane / Matthew Garrison
In Movement


Jazz - This should have 20 times the amount of votes that it does simply because of the name Coltrane in the title.
43With the End in Mind
Unraveling; Arising


Atmospheric Black Metal
44Old Man Canyon
Delirium


Indie Pop/Neo-Psychedelia
45Oak Pantheon
In Pieces


Atmospheric Black Metal in the vein of Agalloch
46Hinds
Leave Me Alone


Lo-fi Indie Rock
47Volcanic Queen
Moments Captured in a Different Light


Sputnik-made (I believe) Ambient
48Destrage
A Means To No End


Progressive Metal/Metalcore - Contains some cheese, but English isn't their first language so we'll give them a break. Just skip the song 'Blah Blah.'
49Tarot (AUS)
Reflections


Psychedelic Hard Rock
50Monomyth (NL)
Exo


Space Rock - First track is a beast.
51Shearwater
Jet Plane and Oxbow


Indie Rock
52Submotion Orchestra
Colour Theory


Downtempo/ Nu Jazz - Submo strips its jazz leanings and replaces it with a poppier sound. The result is as you'd expect - catchy, but lacking replay value.
53Goat
Requiem


Sputnik has no love for psychedelic rock
54Roly Porter
Third Law


Dark Ambient
55Trna
Lose Yourself to Find Peace


Instrumental Post/Black Metal from Russia
56An Abstract Illusion
Illuminate the Path


Progressive Metal
57Wye Oak
Tween


Dream Pop
58Blackberry Smoke
Like an Arrow


Country/Southern Rock
59Rone
Vood(oo)


Ambient Techno
60Ashbringer
Yūgen


Atmospheric Black Metal
61Mars Red Sky
Apex III - Praise For The Burning Soul


Stoner Rock
62Broods
Conscious


The latter half of this album has some similar-sounding hooks, but this indie pop duo really hits a sweet spot for me.
63Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


Chamber Pop
64Ape Cave
Pillars Of Evolution


Doom/Stoner Metal
65Latitudes
Old Sunlight


Post Metal
66Fyrnask
Fórn


Dark Atmospheric Black Metal
67No Haven
Colours of Nothing


Post Hardcore/Black Metal
68Immune (UK-LON)
Breathless


Outsider House/Ambient
69Black Tusk
Pillars of Ash


Sludgy Hardcore
70Downfall of Gaia
Atrophy


Atmospheric Black Metal
71Mystery Jets
Curve Of The Earth


Indie Pop
72Andy Stott
Too Many Voices


Bass/Ambient Techno
73Monarch (USA-CA)
Two Isles


Psych/Progressive Rock
74Eluvium
False Readings On


Ambient
75Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
Love Letter for Fire


Indie Folk
76Terribly Yours
A Bloom Beyond


Indie Pop
77Throttlerod
Turncoat


Hard Rock
78Steve Hauschildt
Strands


Ambient/Electronic
79Canoo
After Hours


Chillstep
80Floating Points
Kuiper


Progressive Electronic
81The Lion's Daughter
Existence Is Horror


Sludgy Harcore
82Murs and 9th Wonder
Brighter Daze


Hip-Hop
83Lee Abraham
The Seasons Turn


Progressive Rock
84Ray LaMontagne
Ouroboros


Neo-Psych
85Casey Mecija
Psychic Material


Dream Pop
86Eight Bells
Landless


Post Rock/Black Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
87Villagers
Where Have You Been All My Life?


Indie Folk
88Mercy Blow
Secondhand Suffering


Slamcore
89The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Third World Pyramid


Shoegaze
90Bloodiest
Bloodiest


Atmospheric Sludge Metal
91Damien Jurado
Visions of Us on the Land


Psychedelic Folk
92Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine


Indie Rock
93Thranenkind
King Apathy


Black Metal/Post Hardcore/Sludge
94Wovenhand
Star Treatment


Psych Rock/Folk
95Deerhoof
The Magic


Experimental/Indie Pop
96Sylvaine
Wistful


Shoegaze/Post Rock/Black Metal
97Cult of Luna/The Old Wind
Råångest


Post/Sludge Metal
98Androcell
Creatures


Psybient
99Maschine
Naturalis


Prog Rock
100Doug Tuttle
It Calls on Me


Psychedelic Folk
101Case/Lang/Veirs
Case/Lang/Veirs


Not under 50 votes, but it's AOTY so check it out
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