Thursday, December 15, 2011

Working towards my Top Ten Albums of 2011



I am currently working on my Top Ten for 2011... and have compiled the following list of all the music that has captured my attention and, in some way, enhanced my life during this year.

I have deliberately avoided 'mainstream' artists and have sought to focus on independent musicians who distribute their music through direct channels like netlabels or Bandcamp. This is not to say that 'mainstream' artists haven't enhanced my life... far from it. I will consider them separately so as to not outshine the folks listed below.

There are some artists listed below who have been wonderfully prolific but for fairness and to ensure equal consideration, they have only been counted once.

The artists and compilations that I am currently considering are listed in alphabetical order by artist:
  1. 4th Alternative - Dunes 
  2. Abraham the Poor - After the flood, into the wild 
  3. Across Waters - More Light Is Never Ending 
  4. Adamnage - Fragile & After The Rain 
  5. Airspace Falling - Written in the Waters 
  6. Ambienteer - Diumenge, Frequencies & More 
  7. And the giraffe - Something for Someone 
  8. Arboretus - Soundscape de nostalgia 
  9. Artificial Sun Project - 62204 
  10. Benjamin Dauer - Saturation Event 
  11. BGUNDA - Attended only by birds 
  12. Circadian Eyes - Who we were 
  13. Claro de Luna - Lo que ha sido y lo que sera 
  14. Coloured Lines - Atmospheres & Machines for the New Dawn 
  15. Damn Robot! - Huang Skrimsli 
  16. Dustmotes - Equilibria 
  17. Earlyguard - Amaya (featuring Entertainment for the Braindead), A Distant Proximity, The Gaia Theory, Introspection, Haiku, Lost in Time, Melatonin, Mind over Matter, Selective Perception, Solitary Moon, Towards Transcendence, Urban Legends & Zen 
  18. Emphemetry - A lullaby hum for the tired 
  19. Eomac - mnk 
  20. EUS - Tras el Horizonte 
  21. Fields of Ypres - For every hour 
  22. Glorie - Glorie 
  23. Good Weather for an Airstrike - Jigsaws, A summer & A Winter 
  24. Gurdonark - Weights and measures 
  25. Gurusoul - Burn My Star 
  26. Heatherlynn - Storydwelling 
  27. Hope and Social - Sleep sound 
  28. In Violet - City of Nomads 
  29. Janes Scenic Drive - Beautiful Reminders, Color of Heaven & Now to Then
  30. Jeff Scott Townsend - Notes from the underground 
  31. Ketsa - Ketsonica 
  32. Leonardo Rosado - Opaque Glitter, Mute Words & Touching from the distance 
  33. Lowercase Noises - Vivian & Migratory Patterns 
  34. Maps & Diagrams - Snowglobe EP (Sutemos030) 
  35. Matt Stevens - Relic 
  36. Musica Universalis - Lux et Tenebræ (MU I.I) 
  37. My Brother Daniel - Ponky 
  38. Nemean Lion - Cast of the moon 
  39. Neue - The Planets 
  40. Northcape - Alluvial 
  41. Obviously Lawrence - Obviously Lawrence 
  42. Philip Wilkerson - Ten to Eleven
  43. Pinklogik - Inverse 
  44. Radio for the Daydreamers - Praying for the Be(a)st 
  45. Rhian Sheehan - Seven tales of the North Wind 
  46. Salwa Azar - For America EP1
  47. Saravan - Observations 
  48. Sky Flying By - Do they still make lighthouses 
  49. Snowmine - LAMINATE PET ANIMAL 
  50. Sun Thief - Winds 
  51. Swaying Smoke - Beneath a tree 
  52. The Echelon Effect - Seasons 1 - 3 
  53. The End of the Ocean - Pacific Atlantic 
  54. The Eternal Twilight - Everything Resembles You 
  55. The Fierce and the Dead - If it carries on like this we are moving to Morecambe 
  56. The Harddrive - Before the storm 
  57. The Northern Hemisphere - The Future Beyond Our Eyes 
  58. The Rhys Anslow Project - Baby Steps 
  59. The Sound of Rescue - Sketches 
  60. Twincities - Twincities 
  61. Umber - Morning Pass & Earth Feet, Lifted 
  62. Uniform Motion - One frame per second 
  63. V/A - Album In A Day volume 2 - 19 March 2011 from BFW Recordings 
  64. V/A - Conception from Free Floating Music 
  65. V/A - Hawkmoon Records volume II
  66. V/A - Hope for Japan 
  67. V/A - Sequence1 & Sequence2 from Futuresequence 
  68. V/A - Only Light To Clear Away from Distance Records 
  69. Years of rice and salt - Nothing of cities 
  70. You Are My Symphonic - I Found Your Faces Of Montreal
Tx

*U*P*D*A*T*E*
I knew I'd miss someone... I'll keep this open in case I've missed anyone else.
  1. Rainer Straschill - Reflexiv Hören
  2. Adam A Williams - Another Day The Same

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