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Jac's 1st Quarter 2016

Haven't had the time to splurge on music like I have the last few years (joys of being an adult I guess) but nevertheless here is just about every album I've heard from this year, ranked ~loosely~ from best to worst. Lots and lots of really good stuff so far this year but I've yet to come across a true standout.
41Cassio Figueiredo
Presenca


Field Recordings | 2.0
40Skaphe
Skáphe²


Black Metal | 2.0 - Dreadful production and no songwriting to be found. The quieter breaks are good if only for the fact they don't assault my feeble lobes.
39The Body and Full Of Hell
One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache


"Powerviolence" / Noise | 2.0
38Chippendale, Gustafsson and Pupillo
Melt


Free Jazz / Free Improvisation | 2.5 - Really interesting drumming, otherwise really boring/grating.
37Brutality
Sea of Ignorance


Death Metal | 2.5
36Genocide Organ
Obituary of The Americas


Power Electronics | 2.5 - Pretty pacified by Genocide Organ's standards.
35Kanye West
The Life of Pablo


Hip-hop | 2.5 - Sucks like pretty much everything he's done since 2011/12 but "No More Parties in LA" is a jam.
34Grischa Lichtenberger
Spielraum


IDM | 3.0
33Ecferus
Pangaea


Black Metal | 3.0 - Another product in the long line of trendy, dissonant BM that doesn't quite reach the heights of its influences.
32Obscura
Akróasis


Tech Death | 3.0
31Ondness
Quase Driven


Sound Collage | 3.0
30Nucleus (USA-IL)
Sentient


Death Metal | 3.0 - Blend of Atheist and Demilich traits. A little mechanical but still enjoyable.
29Pyrrhon
Running Out Of Skin


Death Metal / Mathcore | 3.0 - Borders on free improv at times. Death cover is pretty cool.
28The Wakedead Gathering
Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre


Death Metal | 3.0 - Eclectic mix of styles with so-so execution but the riffs are good.
27Irezumi
Thirty


Ambient | 3.0 - Beautifully produced but a little melodramatic at times.
26Ninos Du Brasil
Para Araras


Techno | 3.5
25Throwers
Loss


Crust | 3.5 - Pissed off jams.
24Ches Smith / Craig Taborn / Mat Maneri
The Bell


Avant-Garde Jazz / Chamber Music | 3.5 - Really interesting mix of jazz and classical but occasionally loses direction but always pulls me back in. Maybe I'm not listening hard enough?
23Lycus
Chasms


Funeral Doom | 3.5 - Improvement on previous output that bodes well for future releases.
22Nadra
Allir vegir til glötunar


Black Metal | 3.5 - Melodious but not fruity; engaging and affecting. Recommended.
21Cian
Strain Studies


Electronic | 3.5 - Hard to classify, experimental electronic tunes. Sometimes hard on the ears but rewarding.
20Ritual Chamber
Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim)


Death Metal | 3.5 - DM legend at work.
19Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.


Hip-hop | 3.5 - Great collection of TPAB b-sides.
18Akio Suzuki
a i sha


Musique Concete / Field Recordings | 3.5 - Wasn't thrilled with this at first but I really enjoyed the delicacy and ended up returning more than I expected.
17Massive Attack
Ritual Spirit


Trip-hop | 3.5 - Not a lot to say, just a great album from genre stalwarts.
16Clouds (CAN)
Timeslip Roadmender


Techno | 3.5 - Never been huge on techno but I dig this so..
15Kassel Jaeger, Stephan Mathieu, and Arika Rabelais
Zauberberg


Ambient | 3.5 - This has all the hallmarks of a grower, so I'll be continuing to listen to this as the year goes on.
14France Jobin
Singulum


Ambient / Lowercase | 3.5 - Aesthetically lovely, although the super low volume combined with occasional spikes that (intentionally or not) take you out of zone work against it a little.
13David Bowie
Blackstar


Art Rock | 4 - RIP
12Chthe'ilist
Le Dernier Crépuscule


Death Metal | 4 - Slightly-flat production aside this is about as enthralling as I expected it to be, although I anticipate it to be trounced by the new Zealotry in a few weeks time.
11Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus den sieben Tagen


Modern Classical | 4 - To my knowledge (as I've yet to hear the 1973 interpretation) this isn't the full composition, but more of an incomplete scrap-booking of certain movements. Regardless, it makes for good, albeit cacophonous listening.
10Matmos
Ultimate Care II


IDM / Musqiue Concrete | 4 - A dense and disorienting exercise in sound design. Requires a very specific listening setting as it's easy to get lost and feel disconnected but ~
9Venetian Snares
Traditional Synthesizer Music


IDM | 4 - The most palatable VS record is also one of his best. Brings to mind early-Autechre and Aphex but has that distinguished VS sound to it, still.
8Sarah Neufeld
The Ridge


Minimalism | 4 - A brilliant example of how to extract maximum poignancy from a limited set of motifs. Way better than her collab with Stetson from last year.
7Destroyer 666
Wildfire


Black / Thrash / Speed Metal | 4 - Didn't expect to like this anywhere near as much as I did but those riffs and leads are undeniable. The slightly campy vocals just add to the charm.
6Howls of Ebb
Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows


Blackened Death Metal | 4 - Says a lot about a band when even their least captivating release still towers over 95% of the genre's exponents today.
5Immune (UK-LON)
Breathless


Outsider House | 4 - Seems wrong to just label this "outsider house" because it's more than that. "Murmur of a Heart" is a solid contender for song of the year so far.
4Fire!
She Sleeps, She Sleeps


Avant-Garde Jazz | 4 - Three-quarter hour of often meditative but sometimes scorching jazz tunes, really tied together by the drumming.
3Clara Iannotta
A Failed Entertainment: Works 2009-2014


Modern Classical | 4 - A compilation of dynamic, textured and suspenseful pieces consisting of sparse soundscapes in which the instruments almost seem to chatter with each other, occasionally erupting but only for the most brief of moments.
2Inverloch
Distance | Collapsed


Death / doom | 4 - Compositionally and instrumentally, this album is very good but what sets it apart from most modern death-doom is absolutely incredible production. I've written a review to further explain myself.
1Tim Hecker
Love Streams


Ambient | 4 - A change of direction for Hecker after what was already a shake-up of his sound with Virgins. Just about everyone has noticed and commented on how this sounds like Oneohtrix and while I agree there is a lot of influence there, this is more enjoyable than anything Lopatin has done, in my opinion.
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