The year has definitely started to perk up.
Oophoi's two aforementioned posthumous release are both excellent; I Hear the Wind Singing, in particular, has to rank among my favorite of Gigi's works.
Dagaz was an excellent "grower," and Grassow's untitled collab with Closing the Eternity is, as has been noted by others at several points, just sublime.
Meg Bowles' new release is a fantastic journey.
Seren Ffordd's Halo is a lovely tribute. Love how patiently it develops.
Parhelion - Temples in Ice. Only EP-length, but the sound design here is incredible.
Also, though it came out last year, I've really been digging Shrine's Somnia, released on Cyclic Law (usually, what they put out is too martial and cheesy for my tastes, but occasionally a gem comes along, like this one).
Need to spend some more time with Sonnenwende.