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03.07.21 Pangea Jazz (Jazz Week 4)02.28.21 Pangea's Beastly discoveries
02.15.21 Pangea's 202012.01.20 Pangea checks old stuff
11.19.20 1000 ratings: Top 50 songs and albums 10.07.20 Continents ranked
06.29.20 Song of the Day: July 05.26.20 Pangea's top 100 of the decade
01.28.20 Pangea's 201901.22.20 Pangea's songs of 2019
02.17.17 Albums 201610.24.16 ep/short album recs
01.27.16 Pangea 2015: Tracks07.05.15 Favourite songs of the year so far
01.28.15 Tracks 2014 11.12.14 Gossamer Ranked

Pangea's 2020
50Synthosaurus
Rise of the Synthosaurs


DINO SYNTH
Germany
Khaungraae

This is a placeholder for all Synthosaurus releases of the year (there were a lot!) I didn't really expect anything good from this project before i jumped in, but, while undoubtly corny, I found all their releases to be thoroughly enjoyable. Really consistent project too
49Hallas
Conundrum


Prog Rock
Sweden
Strider

This may not have a song like 'Star Rider', but overal this is a much stronger album. A bit less cheesy with more realised song-writing. Generally an album of nice riffs of catchy-ness, which is all i ask from this ind of album
48Myrkur
Folkesange


Nordic Folk
Denmark
Ramund

Amalie Bruun has a fantastic voice and that coupled with the lovely instrumention makes this a gorgeous and whimsical album. Occasionaly, is this a little over the top for me, but overall this so much beautiful moments such as 'House Carpenter' or the piano on the closer 'Vinter'
47Owen Pallett
Island


Chamber Folk
Canada
Fire-Mare

I'm a sucker for this kind of lush chamber pop/folk and with Pallet's gentle voice and gorgeous arranngement of instruments, is this one of the prettiest of the year
46Hayley Mary
The Piss, The Perfume


Pop Rock
Australia
The Piss, The Perfume

The debut release of the Jezabels front woman is a collection of 5 high highly enjoyable pop rock songs. It's honestly not much more than that, but it will provide a good time for 18 minutes
45Deafheaven
10 Years Gone


Blackgaze
United States
Language Games

Live album with basically studio-quaity recording, which makes it a reimagination of a bunch of their best songs. If you like Deafheaven it's definitely worth a listen
44Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas


Neo Soul
United Kingdom
Sour Flower

"good vibes" the album. Such a pleasent listen with the cool vibe and La Havas' excellent vocals. The cover for 'Weird Fishes' is one of the best covers i have heard in a long time too
43Run the Jewels
RTJ4


Hip Hop
United States
Walking in the Snow

This is the most I have enjoyed Run the Jewels since the debut. Great high energy hip-hop with cool beats.
42The Tissues
Blue Film


Punk/Noise Rock
United States
Do You Wanne Be My Lover Tonight

Noisy art punk that goes hard. Really nice high-energy with really strong vocals. I haven't vibed with a lot of punk lately, but this was a mainstay in my 2020
41Rina Sawayama
Sawayama


Pop
United Kingdom
Comme des Garcons (Like the Boys)

One of the most exciting and audacious pop artists active right now. Sawayama is chaotic, diverse and ultimately really fun. The consistency is not quite there yet, but from her debut album it becomes clear that she has a future pop classic in her
40Svalbard
When I Die, Will I Get Better?


Hardcore/Shoegaze
United Kingdom
Open Wound

Hardcore with a really cool gaze-y atmosphere. Love albums that combine harshness and beauty and When I Die.. does it very well. The dynamicism is on point
39Laurence Guy
Your Good Times Will Come


Deep House
United Kingdom
The Spirit

Go to this for your good vibes house tunes. Laurence Guy is a really good at bringing soul and personality in his tracks
38Eefje de Visser
Bitterzoet


Synth Pop
The Netherlands
Onverstaanbaar

I was a little dissapointed with Bitterzoet at first; i missed the more bold poppyness from her previous album Nachtlicht. But this has been of the strongest growers of the year and it is still really catchy in its slightly more understatedness. 'de Parade' & 'Onverstaanbaar' have been living rent free inside my head. Truly one of the more exciting Dutch indie artist
37Melt Yourself Down
100% Yes


Afrobeat/jazz fusion/dance punk
United Kingdom
Every Single Day

Melt Yourself Down continue their path with basically fusing everything and come with one of the most in your face and high-energy albums of the year.
36Son Lux
Tomorrows I


Chamber Pop/Electronic
United States
Only

[entry for both Tommorows albums] Moody electronic chamber pop kinda stuff. It has an excellent atmosphere and great production. I really like the vulnerable vocals too, great stuff
35Cindy Lee
What's Tonight to Eternity


Noise pop
Canada
Lucifers Stand

What's Tonight to Eternity is anxiety inducing. The combination of sweet vocals with frantic production creates a dissonance that both makes me feel uncomfortable, but in a really nice way
34Disclosure
Energy


House
United Kingdom
My High

Probably the most apporpriate album title of the year, Energy is full of extremly fun house tunes and is overal a super good time. 'My High' is banger of the year
33Downy
Mudai (7)


Post Rock
Japan
鮮やぐ視点

Apocalyptic post-rock in the year of 2020, which is fitting of course. Mudai (7) is weird, eclectic and always exciting.
32Triangulo de Amor Bizarro
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Indie Rock/Noise Pop
Spain
No Eres Tu

Gazey indie rock that is chaotic, fun & catchy. It does make the album somewhat too unbalanced sometimes, but it is really fun ride.
31The Soft Pink Truth
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?


Ambient/House
United States
Sinning

Really gorgous album with nice vibes that flows super well. Every track is spacious enough to let every melody breath, while never being unmoving. Love the clear piano sounds and choral/chamber infusions
30Bohren und der Club of Gore
Patchouli Blue


Ambient Jazz
Germany
Deine Kusine

Bohren continue their brand of slow ambient jazz. The spacious strcture gives each instrument time to breathe and gives the album a calm feeling, despite the dark undertones
29Lapalux
Esrevoinma


IDM/Ambient/Glitch
United Kingdom
Unfold

Ep as an extension of 2019's amazing Aminoverse. If you liked that one, there is no reason to not give this a quick listen
28Honey Harper
Starmaker


Cosmic Dream Country (thanks Sowing for the perfect discription)
United Kingdom
The Day It Rained Forever

Dreamy country made for the warm summer days. It's such a breezy and pleasant listen experience
27Matt Berninger
Serpentine Prison


Singer-Songwriter
United States
Loved So Little

Exactly what I would have expected from a Matt Berninger solo record in 2020 and it's all the better for it. A lot more simple as many National albums but its consistent quality makes up for that
26Hum
Inlet


Shoegaze
United States
Step Into You

Shoegaze with a heavy thick atmosphere. Love the dominating bass line and the somewhat noisy guitar structures.
25Woods
Strange To Explain


Indie Folk/Psych pop
United States
Stange to Explain

Woods' brand of light breezy psych folk is such a pleasant easy listen. Perfect for the warm summer days
24Crippled Black Phoenix
Ellengaest


Doom/Post Rock
United Kingdom
House of Fools

Doomy epicness from the Brittish band. The dynamics are on point, making sure that tracks never get boring for a single second.
23A.A.L. (Against All Logic)
2017-2019


House
United States
If Loving You Is Wrong

2017-2019 is a lot of things; it's loud, abrasive and all over the place. Like club music that had a stroke. It's full of bangers too and a really good time
22AJJ
Good Luck Everybody


Indie Folk
United States
Your Voice, As I Remember It

AJJ tried to prepare us for the year back in January, but I don't think even they were ready for what was to come. It's a classic AJJ album in any way: relatively simple song-writing with blunt and over the top song-writing. There always something in their approach that really appeals to me and Good Luck Everybody delivers.
21Tennis
Swimmer


Indie Pop
United States
Tender as a Tomb

My ultimate summer jam of 2020. Very consistent selection of easy-listening, good vibes pop song.
20Napalm Death
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism


Grindcore
United Kingdom
Fluxing of the Muscle

Throes of Joy.. Is fast, aggressive and heavy as hell. It can be tricky to keep that sort of momentum going on a relatively long album like this, but Napalm Death pull it off due to their ability to include variety in their song-writing, including several industrial elements
19Jessie Ware
What's Your Pleasure?


Pop/Disco
United Kingdom
The Kill

Jessie Ware just radiates class. There is so much confidence on display in the sensual disco pop songs of What's Your Pleasure, that make the tracks sound like nostalgic invitations to the dance floor
18Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher


Latte Indie
United States
I Know the End

Punisher was no love at first sight for me. It only started to click on my about fourth listen, while doing fieldwork in the extreme summer heat. I'm not sure why it took for so long - Punisher is far from inaccessable. Maybe I needed the blistering sun of August to appreciate the pristine instrumentation and Bridgers unusal story-telling. It has been in constant rotation ever since regardless
17Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music III


Electronic/modern classical/post rock
Japan
Too hard to pick a track for this

It's pretty crazy how much a single track can do. The main track Sons genre-hops from classical, post rock & glitch music with multiple climaxes. It's not super cohesive and the flow isn't always perfect, but man is it an exciting ride
16Akhlys
Melinoe


Black Metal
Untited States
Somniloquy

Some evil, deranged shit. Makes me feel like I was accidently transported to the deepest pits of hell. The first track in particular is insanity and I love it. Additional shoutout to the album art for giving me nightmares
15Thy Catafalque
Naiv


Prog Metal/Folk
Hungary
Tsitsushka

With a lot of genre-blending prog music, I find that they often merge ideas and genres randomly without a clear plan. This is not the case for Thy Catefalque, and it's not for the lack of crazy shit they pull off. While Naiv does a lot, everything builds together beautifully and there is always a clear progression and plan visible
14Sea Oleena
Weaving A Basket


Dream pop/Ambient
Canada
Lost Song

Sea Oleena giving us those blissful grouper vibes and providing some much relaxation in 2020. Gorgeous album
13Fluisteraars
Bloem


Folky Black Metal
The Netherlands
Eeuwige Ram

While, Bloem still has the intensity of good black metal, it additionally finds a beauty that is not often found in the genre. The guitar textures overlap really nicely and the addition of horns make it sound so powerful and beautiful. The production here is absolutely perfect
12Daniel Avery
Love + Light


Techno/House
United Kingdom
Infinite Future

Certainly one of the more exciting electronic releases of the year for me. The way Avery plays around ambience and more intense beats is really wonderful. A nicely diverse album too
11Protomartyr
Ultimate Success Today


Post Punk
United States
The Aphorist

I'm normally not a big fan of more spoken word like vocals and it took me about 1-2 listens before i got into them on Ultimate Succes Today, but they do work really well here. They have such a demanding presence. Instrunmentally is this album air-tight as well.
10Agnes Obel
Myopia


Chamber pop
Denmark
Broken Sleep

Agnes Obel builds on the experimental layers and vocal styles of Citizen of Glass and does something actually melodically interesting with it. It's her at the most melancholic and probably at her most beautiful as well
9Nicolas Jaar
Cenizas


Ambient/Electroacoustic
United States
Mud

Nicolas Jaar had quite the active 2020 with this, the previously included A.A.L project and the similarily good Telas. In contrast to A.A.L is Cenizas as lot more subued and moves at a glacial speed, but it does create an exremely compelling bleak atmosphere
8Ichiko Aoba
Windswept Adan


Chamber folk
Japan
Down in the Adan

What a lovely, quiet album. Windswept Alien feels like it was created in the most idealistic place on earth, it has the peacefulness to it. It's a serene beauty of an album combining acoustic guitar with, for example, string arangements and flutes
7Nothing
The Great Dismal


Shoegaze
United States
A Fabricated Life

The Great Dismal came to me in a perfect time. It was on a big Shoegaze mood after checking My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive discogs, and Nothing scratched all my itches. From the nicely distorted guitar atmosphere and the dreamy vocal melodies, this album has it all
6Envy
The Fallen Crimson


Screamo/Post Rock
Japan
Dawn and Gaze

I love how well Envy combines the beauty of post-rock and the harshness of screamo. It creates a wonderful contrast and natural dynamic that makes it such an exciting listen
5The Ocean
Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic


Post Metal
Germany
Jurassic | Cretaceous

Comparisons with 2018's Phanerozoic I were unavoidable during the release of this album, and personally i'm 100% in camp Phan II. What really makes this album for me is how dynamic it is. 'Holocene' might be somewhat of a underwhelming closer in isolation (i still love it regardless!), but it's the perfect cool down of the album's most intense moment in the ending of 'Paleocene'. The quiter parts make the forceful moments so much more impactful. The chorus of 'Jurassic | Cretaceous', for instance, feels impactful enough to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs itself instead of the meteorite
4Paysage d'Hiver
Im Wald


Black Metal/Ambient
Switzerland
Alt

I can't say I was expecting to enjoy a 2 hour black metal album this much before the year started, but Im Wald is so masterfully executed that it wasn't hard to get into at all. The songs are long and somewhat repetitive but just enough elements are added in each song to keep make it both a hypnotic and exciting listen. And every song has it's own thing that keeps it distinguishable, whether it's the epic synths of 'Uber den Baumen', the weird violin tone of 'Le reve Lucide' or the, well, voices of 'Stimmen Im Wald'.
3The Avalanches
We Will Always Love You


Electronic/Psych pop
Australia
Take Care in Your Dreaming

We Will Always Love You is - and sounds like - a trimph. It features an large and wild ensemble of features, including Tricky, MGMT & fucking Rivers Cuomo and combine those additions perfectly with their previous plunderphonics elements. Despite its length and the the number of tracks, it keeps its focus due to the impeccable flow. What an archivement
2Keleketla!
Keleketla!


Afrobeat/jazz
South Africa/United Kingdom
International Love Affair

Keleketla! really does sound like a product of love. A collaboration of various arists from London and South Africa, it brings a very diverse set of styles and genres that intertwine beautifully. Mixing african styles & jazz with additional splashes of hip hop. Every track brings something new to the table, but the album still contains a sound that feels distinct to Keleketla to me. An international love affair indeed
1Perfume Genius
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately


Chamber pop
United States
Jason

Even though all the other albums here are great, there never was any competition when it comes to #1 spot for me. Perfume Genius' development has been one of the most interesting to follow and I think he made his masterpiece with Set My Heart.. . More subdued as his previous two works, but the performance is that of complete confidence. It's a gorgeously arranged album that uses the chamber elements to create an extremly immersive beauty that had hooked me from the very release and never let go
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