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Favourite Albums of 2020?

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Fantastic year for EDM music especially. Here's my top 10. Any highlights for any of you?

10. Autechre - AE_Live_Helsinki_141116 (2020) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX8NMaGEs6g
9. Herukrat - Darkness Over Najaf (2020) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lkE4zED688
8. Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now (2020) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAo8X-rIt8k
7. Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers (2020) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_x9tB2Qsyk
6. DJ Hardvore - Princess Lumina's Dance Party (Starring Barbie as Princess Lumina) (2020) - https://soundcloud.com/hardvore/princess-lumina
5. Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald (2020) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlAb3xCEHj4
4. Slikback - RA.729 (2020) - https://soundcloud.com/resident-advisor/ra729-slikback
3. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi (2020)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScMbsZW3qn4
2. Helena Hauff - Kern Vol. 5 (2020) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rxbn8EwocY
1. Tzusing - RA.741 (2020) - https://soundcloud.com/resident-advisor/ra741-tzusing
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Sébastien Tellier - Simple Mind
Kruder and Dorfmeister - 1995
Best Coast - Always Tomorrow
Fleet Foxes - Shore
Suuns - Fiction
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
Nicolas Jaar - Telas
Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
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In 2020 only Khanate's "Things Viral" should be listened to :)
But then I was in for a lot of Sludge and Black Metal. Liked the new Ilsa and Primitive Man albums a lot.
I also listened to some softer stuff, mostly Emma Ruth Rundle (bringing things together with Thou recently!) and poppy anthems from Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek, Squirrel Flower and Torres were discoveries. Regarding older bands Pram was also a major discovery for me
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Have only liked RTJ4, though Mac Miller’s Circles was decent too.
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I'm still lots of albums behind. Got a list of dozens I want to listen to, so maybe I can post a decent list next summer.

So far I've bought 17 albums from 2020. Three of those are live albums, so let's not count those.

Of the other 14, I think this is my top 7 so far.
1. Haken - Virus
2. Katatonia - City Burials
3. Ayreon - Transitus
4. Pain of Salvation - Panther
5. Neal Morse - Sola Gratia
6. Sons of Apollo - MMXX
7. Carach Angren - Franckensteina Strataemontanus

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I gave a 4/5 to the following albums:

Abysmal Dawn - Phylogenesis (2020)
Benighted - Obscene Repressed (2020)
Black Curse - Endless Wound (2020)
Bohren & der Club of Gore - Patchouli Blue (2020)
Borgne - Y (2020)
Cénotaphe - Monte Verità (2020)
Enslaved - Utgard (2020)
Jordablod - The Cabinet of Numinous Song (2020)
Myrkur - Folkesange (2020)
Nothing - The Great Dismal (2020)
Revenge - Strike.Smother.Dehumanize (2020)

I heard the new Oranssi Pazuzu and it was fine but I didn't really like it. Not a big fan of psychedelic music in general.

I haven't heard the other albums posted.
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clemmetarey wrote: December 21st, 2020, 8:53 pm I haven't heard the other albums posted.
A metal fan that didn't hear Paysage d'Hiver? That needs to change ASAP. Easily one of the best black metal projects.
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Pretentious Hipster wrote: December 21st, 2020, 8:55 pm
clemmetarey wrote: December 21st, 2020, 8:53 pm I haven't heard the other albums posted.
A metal fan that didn't hear Paysage d'Hiver? That needs to change ASAP. Easily one of the best black metal projects.
Yes I've heard great things about this project, and this album seems like a highlight of the year. I've been meaning to check out his stuff but the albums are long and I don't like not listening to an album in full the first time. And finding two full hours isn't easy for me these days.

I plan on using this thread for recommendations, so if I get around to listening to it (or something else) I'll write a few lines.
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I've only listened to a handful of albums from this year. Manger on McNichols and Alfredo were both very good.
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clemmetarey wrote: December 21st, 2020, 10:54 pm
Pretentious Hipster wrote: December 21st, 2020, 8:55 pm
clemmetarey wrote: December 21st, 2020, 8:53 pm I haven't heard the other albums posted.
A metal fan that didn't hear Paysage d'Hiver? That needs to change ASAP. Easily one of the best black metal projects.
Yes I've heard great things about this project, and this album seems like a highlight of the year. I've been meaning to check out his stuff but the albums are long and I don't like not listening to an album in full the first time. And finding two full hours isn't easy for me these days.

I plan on using this thread for recommendations, so if I get around to listening to it (or something else) I'll write a few lines.
I'd say save it until a snowstorm happens. I heard him for the first time when on a bus during a blizzard and it was a phenomenal experience.
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I'm not cool enough for y'all. Folklore might be my favorite album ever. Still need to listen to Evermore.
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Will update the list when I get on a computer, but there is this

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... j/charmed/
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I didn't listen to many 2020 albums yet. But Miss Anthropocene from Grimes and RTJ4 were the standouts from what I did listen to.
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Had a look through all the 2020 albums I listened to and ranked them..

1. Run the Jewels - RTJ4 (2020) 7/10
2. Mac Miller - Circles (2020) 6/10
3. Backxwash - God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It (2020) 6/10
4. Nihiloxica - Kaloli (2020) 6/10
5. The Strokes - The New Abnormal (2020) 6/10
6. Little Simz - Drop 6 (2020) 5/10
7. The Magnetic Fields - Quickies (2020) 5/10
8. Anna von Hausswolff - All Thoughts Fly (2020) 5/10
9. Groupe RTD - The Dancing Devils of Djibouti (2020) 5/10
10. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (2020) 5/10
11. Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure? (2020) 5/10
12. The Weeknd - After Hours (2020) 4/10
13. R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages (2020) 4/10
14. clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned (2020) 4/10
15. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind (2020) 4/10
16. Róisín Murphy - Róisín Machine (2020) 4/10
17. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo (2020) 4/10
18. The Microphones - Microphones in 2020 (2020) 4/10
19. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters (2020) 4/10
20. 青葉市子 [Ichiko Aoba] - アダンの風 (Adan no kaze) (2020) 4/10
21. Acetantina - Temple of Null (2020) 4/10
22. Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now (2020) 3/10
23. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi (2020) 3/10

I really need to find another source of music other than RYM, but I haven't really found a publication/website that leans towards the stuff I tend to like :(
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Ah yes Purple Moonlight Pages. That was also a really good one.
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1. Mt. Marci (Roc Marciano)
2. From King to a God (Conway the Machine)
3. Descendants of Cain (Ka)
4. Mach's Hard Lemonade (Mach-Hommy)
5. Reasonable Drought (Stove God Cooks)
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The New Abnormal by The Strokes is my current favorite and I can't imagine that changing - one of the best records my favorite band has put out yet.

How I'm Feeling Now (Charli XCX) and Top (NBA Youngboy) are my runner-ups. I also liked the new Dylan a good deal.
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Reflect wrote: December 24th, 2020, 7:05 am I also liked the new Dylan a good deal.
Oh shit, that reminds me I need to cop Rough & Rowdy!

Kinda curious about the new Stokes now too. I've only heard This Is It, but that's an obvious classic even for a non indie-rock fan, and the Rick Rubin production credit piques my interest.
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prodigalgodson wrote: December 24th, 2020, 7:15 am
Reflect wrote: December 24th, 2020, 7:05 am I also liked the new Dylan a good deal.
Oh shit, that reminds me I need to cop Rough & Rowdy!

Kinda curious about the new Stokes now too. I've only heard This Is It, but that's an obvious classic even for a non indie-rock fan, and the Rick Rubin production credit piques my interest.
For sure!

The funny thing is I'm not even big on indie rock generally but The Strokes just put out the most perfect music to me; around the time Angles came out they started to do significantly more experimenting with their sound, too.
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We might have gotten the best Christmas gift of all: A new Playboi Carti album
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An unordered 13ish that I've liked enough for multiple listens:

Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
BC Camplight - Shortly After Takeoff
Hen Ogledd - Free Humans
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Loma - Don't Shy Away
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Sorry - 925
Adrianne Lenker - Songs & Instrumentals
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
Sault - Untitled (both!)

missing live music a lot. Loma, Sorry & Hen Ogledd all artists I first encountered through live shows. And my ticket for Porridge Radio has been delay about 3 times now. Was supposed to be March 2020, now Nov 2021 :pinch:
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brokenface wrote: January 5th, 2021, 1:09 pm An unordered 13ish that I've liked enough for multiple listens:

The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
I know it's 3 hours... but if you love The Avalanches, then the album Charmed by DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ is a must listen.
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A various artists compilation called Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations in the House & Techno Age 1993-1997 is just :wub: :wub: :wub:
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