Some of my favorite albums this year:
Charles Bradley, "No Time for Dreaming"
Pissed off soul, great voice, and ummmmmmm.... great horns. How often can you say that?
Mournful Congregation, 'The Book of Kings'
On the other end of the spectrum, a more melodic funeral doom for the kids. "Deities rose, and were greeted in shame". I remember when that happened too; it was a real saddy.
Anna Calvi "s/t"
Seems Springsteen, Chris Isaacs, and cold wave inspired. Amazing guitar, weird vocals, minimalist until the violins kick in. Pretty haunting drag queen-inspired makeup.
Cliff Martinez, "Drive (soundtrack)"
Supposedly the score was disqualified from academy consideration. I like to listen to this driving in Los Angeles. I am a nerd.
Disma, "Toward the Megalith"
I assume that thing above is the megalith. Don't go there! I've never been a huge death metal fan but was swept up in Immolation's album last year. Disma gives me that same ear full of maggots feeling, though admittedly, I couldn't name another album of the same subgenre from this year.
Austra - "Feel it Break"
Weird voice I'll probably get tired of, but I like it for now.
Batillus - "Furnace"
Sort of this year's Cough for me I guess..
Warm Ghost - "Uncut Diamond"
Johann Johannsson - "The Miner's Hymns"
Big Freedia - 'Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1'
"Free dog stroller parking"... a dance that swept the nation.
Wolves in the Throne Room, "Celestial Lineage"
I feel like there has been some backlash at the growing popularity of this band, but I still think this is a great movement toward the mysticism of north american black metal.
Ilsa - "tutti il colori del buio"
What a band! True metal underground! Can't even find an album video!
What did I miss? Really, I have no idea.
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