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

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

What a surprise! If you also think that Valtari is the best album from Sigur Rós in the recent years, here I present you Valtari II 🙂 🙂

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