The best albums of 2019 that did not make it into the yule calendar
Last year I used this spot to promote albums from genres I felt was misrepresented on our actual top 10 list. As good an ideas as that might be, given that our list this year as any perhaps does lack somewhat in diversity, I will rather use this opportunity to promote some albums that very much could have ended up on that very list.
I will kick things off with three sprawling pop albums with no other common denominator than the fact that they are beautiful pieces of pop-music-art. From the sunshine of Martha’s Indie pop to the depths of She Keeps Bee’s Avant-Rock through the elegance of Boy Harsher’s Dark Wave.
Of course, all is not slick that makes the foot tap, some or even most in my case are rather the opposite. What I’m trying to say is that beauty isn’t the only thing that makes me love music. Here are 3 albums that purvey their message through distortion and screams …and somehow that too is beautiful. I so much would have loved to have these on the top 10 list but alas here they are Pink Mexico, Vivian Girls and ATuneThat favourites Kal Marks.
Some acts just wont settle for working the formula. Here are 3 albums that are more ambitious than most. their common denominator would be the progressive nature of the music they display. From the legendary dexterity of Les Claypool here teamed up with the unusual vision of Sean Lennon to the glacial relentlessness of Dylan Carlson’s Earth. Through the Far-reaching Fusion of The Comet is Coming.
Speaking of high ambitions. Perhaps the genre that made the most out of 2019, Post-Rock, got a way to meagre representation on the main list, sure here we go, me representing the marginalized genres after all. This year saw a slew of more than excellent outings in this genre but these 3 does stand out. From the orthodoxy of Mono to the experimentation of Rev Rev Rev and the genre defiance of Brutus.
Finlay I will as always champion the more brutal music that was released through out the year. This year I did get some actual honest to god HC on to the main list but there were just no chance for these 3. Cult of Luna picks up where Brutus, mentioned above left of but dial it up to their usual level of aggression while slowing it down to their usual level of crawl. It is however even better than usually. Otoboke Beaver was so close to making it on to the list with their brilliant snarling punk shredding and last but certainly not least, the album I have listened to the most through out the year is the Brilliant The Language of Injury, the masterful full-length debut by Ithaca.