Top Twenty 2009

Prior to an end of year update about memory, I thought it might be good to jump ahead of an impending January and list my top twenty albums of 2009. I am not going to write an extensive reason as to why, and will no doubt elaborate vaguely on the choices in the coming months any way, but would suggest that people search out those they aren’t familiar with and give them a go. I am also hoping that people will suggest some I have missed. Onward!


1.
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Taking Away


2.
Ben Frost
By The Throat


3.
Mountains
Choral


4.
Tim Hecker
An Imaginary Country


5.
Clark
Totem’s Flare


6.
Brock Van Wey
White Clouds Drift On And On

nb. My favourite track of the year is probably
Too Little Too Late from the above album.


7.
Giuseppe Ielasi
Aix


8.
Black To Comm
Alphabet 1968


9.
Animal Hospital
Memory


10.
Shackleton
Three EPs


11.
Blank Dogs
Under and Under


12.
Belbury Poly
From An Ancient Star


13.
Dalëk
Gutter Tactics


14.
Vladislav Delay
Tummaa


15.
Leyland Kirby
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was


16.
DJ Sprinkle
120 Midtown Blues


17.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Vertical Ascent


18.
Biosphere
Live At The Arnolfini, Bristol


19.
Wounded Knee
Shimmering New Vistas


20.
Stephan Mathieu + Taylor Deupree
Transcriptions

So that was 2009. Vladislav Delay made the list twice in differing guises. Old favourites remain towards the top with new material. Overall, a very pleasing year sound wise. Hopefully, prior to the beginning of 2010, I’ll post some album reviews by close friends, as well as my recollections of the year (no predictions for the future). I’m so great I didn’t even post the albums in reverse order to build blog-tension. Kazaaaaam.

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3 Responses to “Top Twenty 2009”

  1. Robin Says:

    Nice list! Can’t get into Tummaa, I don’t think he will every make anything better than Anima. Not got the new KFW either, it’s obviously good then?

    Really enjoying Black To Comm.

  2. Amy Says:

    I have listened to exactly one of these. A couple of them look lovely (yes, book by its cover, etc) and I’m going to try to dig them out.

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