Friday, March 3, 2017

Best of 2016 part 3

10. Lajkó Félix - Most jöttem (Hungary / Serbia)
hungarian folk

9. Ukandanz - Awo (Ethiopia)
jazz-rock / ethio-jazz / math rock

8. Heimat - Heimat (France)
minimal wave / art pop

7. Jambinai - A Hermitage (South Korea)
post rock / atmospheric sludge metal

6. Alcest - Kodama (France)
blackgaze

5. Damir Imamović's Sevdah Takht - Dvojka (Bosnia)
sevdah

4. Wardruna - Runaljod – Ragnarok (Norway)
dark folk / nordic folk

3. Various Artists - Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! (Cabo Verde)
morna / funana

2. Özge Çam - İlk Nefes (Turkey)
turkish folk

1. Eluvium - False Readings On
ambient

Best song of the year - Wardruna - Odal (youtube)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Best of 2016 part 2

20. Dalek - Asphalt for Eden (USA) - no link
abstract hip hop

19. Kel Assouf - Tikounen (Belgium/Niger/Tunisia/France)
tishoumaren

18. Jakub Šimansky - Face to Face against American Primitivism in Eastern Europe vol. 1 (Czechia) 
american primitivism

17. Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo (Haiti) 
caribbean folk

16. Помни имя свое [Pomni Imya Svoyo] - Небо и Камень (Russia) 
dark folk
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15. Lost Salt Blood Purges - Only the Youngest Grave (Australia)
drone / neofolk 

14. Laurent Jenneau / Shi Tanding - Music of Xinjiang (China / France) 
uyghur folk

13. Matt Elliott - The Calm Before (UK) - no link
progressive folk / singer-songwriter

12. Forndom - Dauðra Dura (Sweden) 
ritual ambient / nordic folk / dark folk

11. Wöljager - Van't Liëwen Un Stiäwen (Germany) - no link
dark folk

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Best of 2016 part 1

32. Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra - Del Ebro al Danubio (Spain) - no link
romani folk / balkan folk

31. Esben and the Witch - Older Terrors  (UK)
post-rock / ethereal wave / shoegaze

30. Douglas Germano - Golpe de Vista  (Brazil)
samba

29. ГШ - ОЭЩ МАГЗИУ  (Russia)
post-punk / art punk / noise rock / avant-prog

28. Trna - Lose Yourself to Find Peace  (Russia)
blackgaze / post-rock

27. Faun Fables - Born of the Sun  (USA)
psych folk

26. Auktyon - На солнце  (Russia)
art rock / avant-folk

25. Shabaka and the Ancestors - Wisdom of Elders  (South Africa)
spiritual jazz / afro-jazz

24. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh - Thulth  (Egypt)
arabic music / avant-folk

23. Wolvserpent - Aporia:Kāla:Ananta (USA)
drone metal / dark ambient / atmospheric black metal

22. Myrkur - Mausoleum EP (Denmark) - no link
dark folk / nordic folk / choral

21. Cyro Baptista - Bluefly (Brazil)
samba-jazz 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Kazuki Tomokawa

Kazuki Tomokawa - Muzan no Bi / Beauty Without Mercy (1986, Japan)
folk / singer-songwriter














Kazuki Tomokawa - Nikusei (1976)
avant folk














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Probably my favourite singer-songwriter ever. Has been making consistently great music for 40+ years (!).

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Extra Life

Extra Life - Secular Works (USA, 2008)
math rock / experimental / medieval music
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Best album I've heard in ages. The medieval influence makes it really special and unique.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Ex & Brass Unbound

The Ex & Brass Unbound - Enormous Door (2013, The Netherlands)
post-punk / jazz-rock
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I'd normally consider The Ex to be too big to be featured in this blog, but this album is so fantastic and so vastly underrated I just had to post it. Beautiful fusion of (post) punk, jazz and Ethiopian music.