Here's my favorites this year, from what I've heard so far (no particular order)
Taylor Deupree- Shoals. I agree With Drone On, this is Deupree's best yet, although "Transcriptions" with Stephan Mathieu is close.
The Circular Ruins- Invisible Cities; I've raved about this one in other threads, no need to repeat myself.
Hummingbird- Our Fearful Symmetry; No one knows who Hummingbird actually is, but it's a great disc with lots of cello, piano, synth, a few crackles and a few odd murmers. Very solemn, and very good.
Andrew Chalk- The Cable house; extremely minimal and deliberate piano and synth work, every note is perfectly placed.
Cindytalk- Up Here In The Clouds; a bleak and delicate noise/drone album. Lots of crackles and rumbles and scratches, but it's oddly gentle, and beautiful in spots.
Hessien- untitled, and Hessien-Skurjn; I'm counting this as one. They're both E.P.s, and the same kind of music-- airy and floaty guitar, sounding very distant and fragile and beautiful. The untitled one is a free download, so the price is right.
Konntinent- Opal Island; I love it, but it's hard to describe, so the hell with it.
Marcus Fjellstrom- Schattenspieler; hissy and crackly haunted house music, with synth and classical instruments. A very cinematic feel to this, very effective. The world can always use more haunted house music.
Fieldhead- They Shook Hands For Hours
Mains De Givre- Esther Marie