This year has definitely been an odd one and I have gone from constantly travelling to staying in one place for most of the year. With my last trip to France was at the end of February and I have not travelled since then. But this year has been a good year for music both for me and new releases. Below is my list of releases from this year in no particular order.
Jesu - Terminus
Another great album from Jesu and a good surprise after the Never EP did not hit the mark with me earlier this year.
Autechre - Signs
Fourteenth album by Autechre and was released in October and seems a little more organic than some of their previous work.
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May our chambers be full
I love everything Emma Ruth Rundle has done over the last few years and this collaboration with Thou is no different!
OK Seas - Instruments of
Follow up to the great 'OK Seas' album released in 2018 and seems a little darker than the previous releases.
Sigur Ros - Odin's Raven Magic
I have not listened to Sigur Ros for a while and this year's release of Odin's Raven Magic is a little different but really enjoyable listen.
Svalbard - When I die, will I get better?
The new album is the follow up to the 2018s album 'It’s Hard To Have Hope' and is an intricate blend of post-hardcore, metal and post-rock with occasionally more shoegazey elements.
Flies are spies from hell - Final Quiet
Final Quiet seems less exuberant than its predecessors but it is still unmistakably Flies Are Spies From Hell doing what they do best, albeit in a slightly darker mood than normal.
Ólafur Arnalds - Some kind of peace
Released in November this has been played a lot and there is a great collaboration between Ólafur Arnalds and Bonobo on the track Loom you can check out in the video below.
Puscifer -Existential Reckoning
Great to see another release from Puscifer and one that took me a little longer to get in to but was worth the effort.
Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V + VI
A great free surprise from Nine Inch Nails early on in the pandemic.https://www.nin.com/nine-inch-nails-ghosts-v-vi-available-now/
Download from the NIN site: https://smarturl.it/GHOSTS2020