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|Top 25 of 2020: So Far! (Aug.)|
Updated for August 2020.
Just over the halfway point of this unprecedentedly terrible year, why not run over a recap of some of the best releases thus far? Personal top twenty five, feel free to discuss and, more importantly, drop recommendations based on what you think I might like that I've overlooked!
A Hero's Death
3.5 // Wanted a little more variation, I think, but what's there is pretty great, and in spades. Not the most outstanding album of the year, but possibly the most consistent.
Come and See
3.5 // Ironically enough, this'd be a jarring (but ultimately fitting) quasi-soundtrack for the Russian film of the same name.
|23||Run the Jewels|
3.5 // Yeah I guess I still find something about this marketed "rap music for middle-aged white guys" alluring. Then again, I am literally the target audience.
|22||Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty|
3.5 // A wonderful jazz fusion record, full stop. Didn't blow me away but held my attention effortlessly for an hour. That in and of itself is quite an accomplishment.
3.5 // Boris rarely disappoints, and while I prefer the sludgier elements to the crust-and-punk style that eclipses many of the tracks here, they still make it work. Lots of aggression and that's enough for me.
3.5 // Full of life, full of energy, bouncing off the walls but so well composed that it's obviously all on purpose. Really great stuff.
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
3.5 // After a juicy single on '19, the follow up full-length from Perfume Genius takes a more strictly atmospheric and chamber-y approach, but is all the better for it. A grower, not a shower.
3.5 // Never thought I'd return to any indietronica album over and over again, but here we are. Dan's strongest release yet.
3.5 // The second album on this list to surpass two hours; significantly more atmospheric and tranquil than the other one, which occasionally results in tedium -- but there are countless beautiful moments scattered throughout this beast.
The Common Task
3.5 // Never huge on this heavily instrumental, numerical and time-signature obsessed math rock, but maybe I just haven't heard something this genuinely slick in so long that I forgot what it's like to enjoy the technicalities of music?
3.5 // Eschews typical singer-songwriter monotony with an undercurrent of sophisticated pop, without going full-blown artsy-fartsy (see: .e.g Bjork's UTOPIA).
3.5 // Even those who can't stand Zorn's more spastic tendencies should appreciate this ode to bombast free jazz. The man is an enigma, but he makes some damned interesting music.
|13||Ian William Craig|
Red Sun Through Smoke
3.5 // Rarely does ambient music so effortlessly collide with pseudo-pop sensibilities so casually and gracefully. A lovely little album.
3.5 // A lot of traditional black metal blended with a razor-sharp contemporary production and - believe it or not - melodies that are gracefully without being saccharine and soppy.
|11||The Smith Street Band|
Don't Waste Your Anger
3.5 // These Aussies can rock. And write a damn catchy hook. Probably the most endearing album on this list, in a weird way.
3.5 // Is it post-punk? Is it post-hardcore? Does it matter? It's good, no matter how you classify it. Edgy and coarse without having to try too hard.
3.5 // Not even sure how you'd classify this. After being underwhelming by Jaar's release earlier this year, he struck a pretty substantial chord with me, here. Could see this growing as the year marches on. Spacy, evocative, glitchy, and, most of all, constantly engaging.
3.5 // Has grown on me a lot since first spin; wonderful alchemy with all the various metal subgenre blending. You may not love it, but there's never a dull moment.
4.0 // Seems exactly like the kind of album I hate but conversely found something to love in just about every single track here, other than the fact that Torres doesn't know how to craft an ending.
4.0 // This one-man show continues to impress with release after release. His most daring and avant-garde project yet, can only be described as coerced chaos.
4.0 // As much as I hate using this adjective as a criticism of art, this is significantly more "mature" than Bridgers's previous LP (which I quite liked, too). "Kyoto" in the running for track of the year.
|4||Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever|
Sideways to New Italy
4.0 // Sometimes simple, flawless jangle pop is all you need.
FREE I.H: This Is Not the One You've Been Waiting
4.0 // I liked the Hotties' previous, debut album, though it was decidedly more strictly twee pop. This bumps up the experimentation a notch, bouncing from the post-punk, riot-girl edge to an occasional lo-fi ballad, all while maintaining the underlying charm. Amazing record.
4.0 // Not enough people are listening to this amazing jazz/space-rock crossover. A lot more developed than Lonker See's previous LP.
4.5 // Dark, jazzy, tribal, soul-sucking, groovy, all of the fucking above. Monolithic and absorbing beyond measure. Easy front-runner for AOTY at the halfway point.
|Open to recs, as always. What are your tops of 2020 so far?|
|1 seems intriguing af|
Mine would be Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty - Visions (it's jazz fusion bullshit)
|Jazz fusion bullshit is precisely my shit, though, so I will promptly add it to the queue :o)|
Definitely check out 1. It is on Spotify (at least in the US), or available via their bandcamp. Well worth whatever the cost of admission might be; one of the most gigantic pieces of music of the last several years.
damn I just saw that Neptunian Maximalism are Brussels homies, I'll promptly jam it!
|Agreed on 1 being AOTY (so far)|
|Wasn't sure if I was overrating it or if it was legitimately great, but after several listens it is shaping up to become one of my favorites of the past five years or so. Seems like it is getting pretty good acclaim here (so far) and RYM, too. |
|Interesting list, will check out the top 10, see what it does for me.|
|Hey thanks for including 25 :-)|
I love 9, 10, 13, 14 and 17. Will definitely be checking 1, and will try 2 again. It didn't meet my expectations because I liked One Eye Sees Red so much, but I think enough time has passed now where I can go back in without that crutch.
|Hey thanks for making good music :)|
(In all honesty, thank Doof - his left-field enthusiasm for it is what drove me to check it out in the first place, before I even knew that it was a sput-user project.)
Keep it up, though - you're making really wonderful stuff.
|ive heard 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 24|
Favs would be JFDR, Mamaleek, Paysage, The Necks
Least favs would be Phoebe, Perfume Genius, Dan Deacon
Rec me a few of these that you think I'd dig!
Just don't rec me Gibbs and Alchemist plz
|Potts, I honestly think you'd really dig 9. Normally not "my thing" but something about the way IWC blends ambient tape recordings with an undercurrent of pop is awesome. |
(I've also been rec'ing both 1 and 2 to pretty much everyone; if you dig neo-jazz and psych-influenced stuff, give them both a shot. 1 is more gargantuan and free/avant-garde, while 2 sticks closer to space/psych-rock roots, but both are excellent.)
|But yeah if I had to rec you specifically only one from this list, it'd be 9 for sure.|
There's a chance you'd enjoy 4. There's also a chance you'd think it's utter shit.
|yeah 1 looks amazing, i'll check out all 4 of those tanks|
|Not going to edit the list for posterity’s sake, but Gezan’s KLUE would definitely be on here; just listened to it this weekend. Solid 3.5.|
|Okay, I lied. Edited to reflect my ongoing rank, as of August :o)|
|Thanks for the rec :o)|
|glad you liked! will peep 2, sounds like cool stuff|
|*grumpy face for your 2.5 on Havukruunu* That should be on the list!|
|Oof.... (To be fair, I usually don't love heavy Pagan / Folk elements mixing in with my black metal. Nothing against the musicianship, just a personal distaste I've never really been able to conquer.) |
|interesting list but dang you need to find some more 4s!|
I'll rec Jess Williamson, Caspian, The Flashbulb, Chris Keyes & Quelle Chris, and Ka
|damn, 9 is good and all, but i really liked cenizas. not really sure where the lukewarm reception is coming from|
|I dunno either really...just couldn't get into it. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it at the time. Listened to 'Telas' one evening on my patio as the sun was going down and it clicked instantly for me. Drags a bit in some spots, and not sure I understand the monstrous structuring (could've been broken down into shorter tracks). But it was awesome.|
@death - thanks for the recs! I'll pop 'em all into the queue (except for the CK/QC, which I heard already and thought was good but not great ~ 3.0; bummer because 'Guns' was one of my favorite hip hop albums last year).
|Ka will probably be the best of that bunch but we’ll see. 2020 leaves a little something to be desired in terms of quality releases|