1. Building Instrument – Kem Som Kan å Leve [Hubro, 2016]

My major discovery and love this year was Mari Kvien Brunvoll and her various works. I respect Hubro label for the stuff they do but this was beyond my expectations. It wasn’t just experimental jazz. It was something else I couldn’t put a label or a tag or anything at all. I fell in love with her songwriting. So mystical and dreamlike and at the same time melancholic and peaceful 🙂 It’s the best thing by far as a whole that I heard this year.

2. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears

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

12. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

The Norwegian avant-gardist Jenny Hval made an experimental pop record about vampires, blood and death. I am so glad I found the time to give this record the proper attention. ‘Secret Touch’ is such a great song.

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