|hel9000's Top 20 of 2020|
Not the most concrete ranking. Top 5 are top 5 but everything else just falls under stuff I really enjoyed this year, hard to say what I preferred to others.
Getting back into Sputnik this year has been an unexpected treat, I used to spend a ton of time on this site and even after a ten year absence it still feels like Sputnik. It's been great reconnecting with a few of you and meeting some awesome users too. Happy new year!!!
|1||Shabason, Krgovich and Harris|
Obviously, 2020 was the year of COVID, social distancing and quarantine, and frankly I just don't care about "quarantine albums". But Philadelphia is different - a meditation on "the great indoors" that was recorded a few months before anyone was worried about COVID-19. It just so happens to be, thematically, the perfect album for this year imo. And even if some releases this year resonated with me more on a musical level, this is the record I'll first think of when recalling 2020.
"wrap your loving arms around it" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fAiGAyIyY8
Microphones in 2020
An unforced return to the Microphones moniker, and Phil's best since Clear Moon. The perfect culmination of 20+ years of musical mythmaking.
This never fell out of rotation since i heard it this summer. "Night Markets" was my most listened to song last year and is genuinely perfect imo
A gorgeous, put-on-anytime type record. Perfectly sentimental and yet detached.
A relatively unassuming ambient techno/"illbient" release but this was my shit for months. Probably #1 driving record this year too.
I like some metal yea
Damn this is good.
Best since Deathconsciousness imo
The title track!!!!
|10||Bohren und der Club of Gore|
Nothing unexpected but still so so good.
hugely moving sound tapestry
|13||Rafael Anton Irisarri|
These guys have been local heroes for a while, awesome to see them get some more exposure this year. Very well deserved cause this is easily their best album yet.
Discuss and Come Back
Lo-fi, tapey, ambient goodness from Russia
Bridge Music is basically a perfect album imo, so I had big expectations for this. I was initially disappointed, mostly due to the lack of pedal steel which was one of the best parts of their debut. But this is still a wonderful, if simple album.
Nice ambient/acoustic guitar record... idk what to say, i like boring shit.
Finds You Well
i liked this.
MORE boring ambient shit.