2. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS

According to my ”year in review” from last.fm, she is the most scrobbled artist of the year! I’ve listened to both her two last albums (I discovered her this year) so many times. This record was a challenge, a surprise and a whole new discovery for me. It’s almost like I found a new galaxy. When I listen to her music, I feel happy. I have this feeling that I am in the middle of a room, I observe the walls that surround me and all of a sudden a river is born through the space in between and bursts into an ocean of colours. At the end I feel so special 🙂 Once again I think this music is so meditative.

3. Julianna Barwick – Will

4. Arve Henriksen, Hilmar Jensson & Skúli Sverrisson – Saumur

5. Amiina -Fantômas

6. Xeno & Oaklander – Topiary

7. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Orphée

8. Steve Hauschildt – Strands

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

3. Julianna Barwick – Will

I can still remember how happy & joyful I was when I met her in Amsterdam this year. She makes me calm and that’s a rare thing to say these days. The new album is gorgeous, her sound is more expanded and of course I loved the synths. Music for dreaming and meditation.

 

4. Arve Henriksen, Hilmar Jensson & Skúli Sverrisson – Saumur

5. Amiina -Fantômas

6. Xeno & Oaklander – Topiary

7. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Orphée

8. Steve Hauschildt – Strands

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

4. Arve Henriksen, Hilmar Jensson & Skúli Sverrisson – Saumur

I love so much this record. I am a huge fan of icelandic musician Skúli Sverrisson and his work. The melodies and the ambiance have blown my mind. Give this album some time, and for sure, use your headphones🙂 Arve Henriksen’s voice is everything. The songs’ titles are based on a poem by icelandic musician Ólöf Arnalds that perhaps implicate the journey that the listener is invited to enter:

Came
Then
From beneath
Beauty
My
Open
Tender
Grace

5. Amiina -Fantômas

6. Xeno & Oaklander – Topiary

7. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Orphée

8. Steve Hauschildt – Strands

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

5. Amiina – Fantômas

Mengi is my favourite icelandic label. This year Amiina composed a live score to a silent masterpiece from 1913. It’s full of pounding rythms, haunting melodies but also melancholic and ethereal. I was actually amazed by this album as a whole and I have to point the fact that I was in a shock when I listened to the album for the first time. [headphones of course]. When the magical, fragile sound world of Amiina meets the terror something unexpected and truly magical happens.

6. Xeno & Oaklander – Topiary

7. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Orphée

8. Steve Hauschildt – Strands

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

7. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Orphée

It’s his first album since ‘Fordlandia'[2009, yeap, it’s been that long!] and I think it was rewarding.The re-tellings of the poet Orpheus was an inspiring theme to adjust the modern reality and the darkness of the world. We were supposed to be guided into the light, that’s a very common phrase among the blogs and the critics. But I deeply disagree 🙂 I think  that Light never was his intention in his personal albums. All I feel is the raw beauty of change, the dark paths along. It’s all about acknowledging and the reflections of memory. Embrace.

8. Steve Hauschildt – Strands

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

8. Steve Hauschildt – Strands

His latest album for Kranky finds him at his best. The sound and his textures are more mature and I loved his sharp synths. His melodies can transport you to other galaxies 🙂

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

9. Clark – The Last Panthers

Well, it’s Chris Clark. I think this ambient-experimental side of him is just one of a kind 🙂

 

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy

10. Eluvium – False Readings On

It all began when I first listened to ‘Fugue State’. I can still remember how powerful, sentimental and intense it was, like a gift made of million colors 🙂 I respect this album because of its ability to transfer my mind to another state. An abyss of light.

11. Alex Somers – Captain Fantastic (Music From The Film)

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

13. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

14. Dan Lissvik – Midnight

15. Anohni – Hopelessness

16. El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

17. Tasseomancy – Do Easy

18. La Femme – Mystère

19. Anonymous Choir – Anonymous Choir Sings STAX

20. Plaid – The Digging Remedy