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End of Year List 2020

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.

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