Austra – Future Politics [Domino Recording, 2017]

This is the first best album I heard this year. ‘Future Politics’ marks the most mature and experimental electronic pop sound from the synthpop persona of Katie Stelmanis. It makes totally sense that pop should sound like that in these dark days we live in. You may see her floating in an distant icy utopia but she only wants to grab your hand. In the end you realize that her voice tends to make you so vulnerable and that’s the true blue truth. Embrace that moment and you will feel alive.

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

6. Xeno & Oaklander – Topiary

It’s the album I listened the most every foggy morning while I was walking by the small canals in the dutch countryside. Cold, minimal, playful but also such an emotional album. I never get bored with these guys. They don’t change their palette that much, but it works every time 🙂  The ice-cold electronic music ❤

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

 

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