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|Trif's 2021 β Records I Love So Far|
A new year, a new Records I Love So Far! These are all the 2021 records that I think are worth at least 3.5. Decided to write mega short blurbs about each one this time round too. Will add to this as the year progresses, let's see if 101 entries is enough this time!
A lovely record, inspired by his Puerto-Rican youth, described by himself as his Gothic Caribbean record. Torre has to be the most catchy tune of 2021 so far!
Year Of The Living Dead
John tried some new stuff here, and most of it works wonderfully. Still has to big-time-click with me, looking forward to spend more time with it though!
Super quiet and introspective and moody, some parts of it are a little too much for me, but overall this is a nice experience!
|4||Anneke van Giersbergen|
The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
Yet another fine solo effort from our dear sweet Anneke. This time focussing on her relationship issues, a very uncharacteristically personal theme. As with most of her solo stuff it doesn't quite hit the mark all the way for me, but Her Voice, oh man, Her Voice.
Lovely acoustic jazz work, Lossing (piano) has a very nice style, accompanied by double bass, sax, and drums, just the way I like it. If anyone is looking for a cool entry for procupine's The Year Of Jazz lists, this is a very nice one!
With a slow but steady shift from ambient to techno, this wonderfully produced record takes you on a 45 minute journey through pulsating, digital forests, yet never losing that organic undertone from which this started.
Eight minimal compositions by a Japanese mainstay, exploring experimental regions in the field of dub and techno. An aptly titled album for sure.
Yellow River Blue
A sunny record with lots of diversity and some very fun tracks. I like how this just goes wherever Yu Su wants it to, it feels really care-free and alive.
A sweet record, the cover already betrays its nocturnal atmosphere. Vibraphone, string instruments, gamelan/hang/something in that vein, flutes, everything is thrown in the mix, and all of that in under 20 minutes!
|10||Amandra x Mattheis|
Warm, sunny, sepia, very organic sounding. This first collaboration between Amandra (drums) and Mattheis (synths) makes for a very relaxing listen. I hope there is a lot more to follow!
Khruangbin-esque record from Lebanon, with surf-y, psych-y guitars, a nicely relaxed atmosphere, but lots of crunch too! The drumming is excellent here. Purely instrumental. I could see myself listening to this for a long time! That last track is huuuuge!
Three Little Words
Vocally driven, warm, and surprisingly introspective. This could have been overblown and thus collapse under its own weight, yet Fils-AimΓ© manages to keep it small enough to be lovely and sweet!
Wait For Me
A lot is happening here. It reminds me of Sinead O'Connor (her voice), of Bjork (instrumentation and quirkyness), of folky pop, of Bonobo or other electronic/jazz combos, and the list goes on. It works magically well, another sunny and diverse 2021 album.
New York 2020
A live album by a very smooth-voiced guy. I actually dig this more than his studio records. Backed up by a set of amazing musicians, this album grooves like crazy.
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The combination of Tineke's warm and melodic voice, the wonderful production and the broad scope of instruments used here - especially the clarinet! - makes for a super lovely little debut. Highly recommended!
An energetic record full of Dissection worship. A barrage of melodic riffs upon melodic riffs, croaky-raspy vocals, and drum madness. Perhaps too clichΓ© for some, but I simply cannot deny the fun that is found here.
Electronic/Synth pop [EP]
Super short, but these two tracks are worth your attention. If you've been waiting for a combo of electronic in the widest sense, from breakbeat to techno, mixed with synth pop and an almost Snow Patrollish guest singer, check this!
Wonderfully produced, warm synth sounds, funky riffs, some psych effects and lots of Turkish influences. From the singing to the melodies. One of their best efforts yet, really can't wait to jam this loudly with the sunlight streaming in. Room to grow too!
Burning In Heaven, Melting On Earth
Doom Metal/Psychedelic/Grunge/Sludge Metal/Stoner Metal
These descriptions don't lie: this record truly is as diverse as they suggest. A shamanic experience brought by a seemingly consistent bunch of Poles. A Million Lives and Black Serpent are highlights.
Dream pop/Indie folk [EP]
Super cute little introspective EP. Dreamy lady vox that remind me of the mighty miss Fraser sometimes, accompanied by a lonely electric guitar (mostly). An instantly-daydream-mood-album!
|Finally, the Madness is over, so this can start! I love these lovely disks yesss π|
|Yeah, but how do we vote on these?:)|
|Haha! You could listen to and rate ALL OF THEM and then I could make a huge Excel sheet to show more statistics. |
Or I could make a winner-takes-all type of knock-out competition featuring all of these albums, but that would make no sense. We are above that kind of fickle amusement.
|The best list of the year is finally here!|
The best user of every year has also arrived!
|gonna check 6 rn|
|It's a nice one, hope you dig. Pretty and warm.|
|Subscriiiibed. Struggling to find much I like this year. It's all on YOU, Trif, to remedy that. |
|oi, nice it's finally here!|
|Ooooh, the pressure is ON! But I agree, except for Record No. 1 here, nothing has struck me as superb yet. |
And YOU are finally here too dedex π
|Cool stuff! Especially tempted by 6|
|Nice! It is worth it I'd say. There's potential for growth too, a nice progression throughout the record for sure.|
|7 and 8 added, they're also nice!|
Still waiting on a big π₯ of a record though...
|Listen to 10 it RUUUUULES!|
|A very handsome list|
|Need to check the lot. Think Iβll start with 6. |
Nice one trif.
|Sweet lookin list my dude, and a big fat 'nice' on 6. Honestly would give all of this a go, especially those last 4. |
|listening to 10 right now. it's nice but i don't know if it's the vibe i'm looking for |
|It might be a little too much on the minimal side of things for you Pangea? |
Thanks Eg, zak, zel π
|hmm i do like some minimal stuff like GAS, but i guess i prefer my minimal techno a little more atmospheric maybe? 10 didn't draw me in at all|
|Yeah I get what you mean, it's pretty bare-bones sometimes, pretty sparse. I like it that way, so that's good for me!|
|11 and 12 are chillll, they suit this hesitant yet very present springtime sun!|
|Some nice new additions, I think I kind of like 2021 so far. Only halfway through February now in my big catch-up, and 16 albums made it to the list already! We'll be needing a Records I Love So Far Pt. 2 again at this rate!|
|Oh i love the description of 15, will definitely check! always nice to hear some dutch stuff once in a while|
|Nice! I really liked it, wish there was a CD release... But hey, that's life in a streaming/vinyl (and even casette!) oriented world.|
|2 is way better than a 3.5! A +.5 is in order. Taaaaasty record!|
|damn trif, you're turning into an obscure jammity jams expert|
|Yipppeeeee Dewi you're here! 2021 has been quite good as far as obscure jammity jams go I'd say. But I keep forgetting we're already over three months in. |
Almost done with catching up on February now. March is next!