One of the reasons why there have been fewer blog posts
this year is that I spend a lot of my free time writing music reviews for the online ‘zine Whisperin’ & Hollerin’.
This year I reviewed a grand total of 240 releases and although 2016 was by no means a vintage year there is still plenty of good music around. This, as always, exists on the margins away from the mainstream.
My preferences continue to veer strongly towards weird folk and post rock and the following are the ten albums that I enjoyed the most with links to my reviews:
- JAMBINAI – A Hermitage Jaminai are a trio from South Korea and I wrote that “The power and intensity of their music taps into the feelings of anger and isolation felt by a new generation suspicious of the conservative forces that seek to control them”.
- YAIR YONA – Sword Yair Yona is a gifted Israeli musician and this powerful instrumental album “covers universal themes of personal endurance and trauma”.
- MODERN STUDIES – Swell To Great Ornate and dreamy British folk music from a supergroup of sorts.
4.MARISSA NADLER – Strangers
5. VIRGIN OF THE BIRDS – Secret Kids
6. TISSØ LAKE – Paths To The Foss
7. GAVIN PRIOR – All Who Wander
8. TORTOISE – The Catastrophist
9. DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON – Crippling Lack Volumes 1-3
10. THE SILVER LAKE CHORUS – The Silver Lake Chorus
Three that didn’t make the top ten but deserve an honorable mention all the same are: