|100 Albums Under 50 Votes 2016|
Check a few of these before you post your 2016 lists. Albums are RANKED.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Psychedelic Rock – See #4
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.
|8||Melanie De Biasio|
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.
Return To Sky
Stoner/Psych Rock – Nothing new, but these guys do it better than anyone else out there. Sounds like summer.
Folk – Uses varied instrumentation to create a post rock-y feel. This one grows on me every time I hear it.
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.
Atmospheric Black Metal - Of all the great atmospheric bm releases this year, the best one may have flew well under the radar.
Experimental Electronic from Japan - Weird stuff, much like everything else that comes out of Japan.
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.’
Skip a Sinking Stone
Lo-fi Indie Rock/Folk that doesn’t sound too desperate to create emotional appeal. Refreshing.
A heavy, heavy amalgamation of doom, post and black metal. Meshes quite well.
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.
|18||Trees 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.
Empires of Ash
Atmospheric Black Metal – the kind that takes you to a different place. Contains some folk metal too.
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.
For A Year They Slept
Very overlooked album here. John Ghost combines jazz with a hint of ambient and an apparent Mahavishnu Orchestra influence.
Pop/Jazz - Norah Jones returns to her roots with a moody, jazz infused pop record.
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.
Mainstream Pop - Jojo returns from a long hiatus with some sass. Easily the best mainstream pop I've heard in a while
|27||A Pregnant Light|
Black Metal - Packs an emotional punch, but not in the way you might expect.
Intelligent-Sounding Space Rap
|29||The Pineapple Thief|
Devoid of Light
|31||The Great Cold|
The Great Cold
Instrumental Post/Black Metal from Germany - May be better than the new Russian Circles album. Check it.
|36||L'Orange and Mr. Lif|
The Life and Death of Scenery
Hip-Hop - Cool concept. Wish it was fleshed put properly.
9. Electronic/Post Rock-ish with vocals - This one's hard to describe. Give it a listen for yourself.
Day to Day
|42||Jack DeJohnette / Ravi Coltrane / Matthew Garrison|
Jazz - This should have 20 times the amount of votes that it does simply because of the name Coltrane in the title.
|43||With the End in Mind|
Atmospheric Black Metal
|44||Old Man Canyon|
Atmospheric Black Metal in the vein of Agalloch
Leave Me Alone
Lo-fi Indie Rock
Moments Captured in a Different Light
Sputnik-made (I believe) Ambient
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.'
Psychedelic Hard Rock
Space Rock - First track is a beast.
Jet Plane and Oxbow
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.
Sputnik has no love for psychedelic rock
Lose Yourself to Find Peace
Instrumental Post/Black Metal from Russia
|56||An Abstract Illusion|
Illuminate the Path
Like an Arrow
Atmospheric Black Metal
|61||Mars Red Sky|
Apex III - Praise For The Burning Soul
The latter half of this album has some similar-sounding hooks, but this indie pop duo really hits a sweet spot for me.
The Waiting Room
Pillars Of Evolution
Dark Atmospheric Black Metal
Colours of Nothing
Post Hardcore/Black Metal
Pillars of Ash
|70||Downfall of Gaia|
Atmospheric Black Metal
Curve Of The Earth
Too Many Voices
False Readings On
|75||Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop|
Love Letter for Fire
A Bloom Beyond
|81||The Lion's Daughter|
Existence Is Horror
|82||Murs and 9th Wonder|
The Seasons Turn
Post Rock/Black Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
Where Have You Been All My Life?
|89||The Brian Jonestown Massacre|
Third World Pyramid
Atmospheric Sludge Metal
Visions of Us on the Land
|92||Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam|
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
Black Metal/Post Hardcore/Sludge
Shoegaze/Post Rock/Black Metal
|97||Cult of Luna/The Old Wind|
It Calls on Me
Not under 50 votes, but it's AOTY so check it out