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chris23

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10 Favorite Ambient/Electronic Albums of 2016
« on: December 27, 2016, 06:08:26 PM »
I thought it would be fun to carry on drone on's tradition of asking people to list some of their favorite releases of the year. It doesn't have to be a list of 10 per se, but I'd love to know what really stood out for people so I can insure that I didn't miss anything that deserves a good listen.

Here are some of my favorites from 2016. The first four are my absolute favorites of the year; the rest are listed in no specific order.

Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature
Unlike anything in the Roach catalog. I love the serene, Budd-like quality of the piano and the way the synths wash over those notes like waves over stones.
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/second-nature

Alio Die - Seamlessly Bliss
Pure and deep ambient bliss with Stefano's distinctive signature sounds.
https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/seamlessly-bliss

Ishq - Space Simulator
Six longform ambient-drone pieces delivered from outer space.
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/space-simulator

Nacht Plank - Alien
This is such a unique, odd, and quirky recording: modular experiments with alien melodies.
https://nachtplank.bandcamp.com/album/alien-2

Mick Chillage - (M)odes
Such great tracks on here, and a lot of ground covered, including drifting ambient and an up-tempo closing.
https://mickchillage.bandcamp.com/album/m-odes

Autumn of Communion - Broken Apart By Sunlight
This is easily one of the better AoC releases.
https://autumnofcommunion.bandcamp.com/album/broken-apart-by-sunlight

Jacob Newman - Biospherica
Bubbling and glitchy ambient. CD coming on Carpe Sonum in 2017.
https://jacobnewman.bandcamp.com/album/biospherica

Remember - Route Back Home
Technically released in 2015, but the CD came out in 2016. Ambient vapourwave inspired by lost love, wanderlust, and rainy nights in the city.
https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/--22

Forrest Fang - The Sleepwalker's Ocean
I'm especially fond of the Sleepwalker's Ocean suite, as well as the longform track on the second disk. Lots of depth, and chock full of interesting sounds.
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-sleepwalker-s-ocean

Andrew Heath - Europa
Found sounds and field recordings mixed with ambient textures. Each track is like a sonic tapestry.
https://andrewheath.bandcamp.com/album/europa

 

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Re: 10 Favorite Ambient/Electronic Albums of 2016
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2016, 05:09:53 AM »
Good shout Chris.

Here's mine - just copied and pasted from elsewhere, so some non ambient, hope you don't mind.

Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge . Album of 2016 for me, best YES album for many years.

Forrest Fang -Sleepwalkers Ocean
Jacob Newman - Biospherica
Mick Chillage - (M)odes
The Angling Loser - Area of Apprehension
Autumn of Communion - Broken Apart By Sunlight
Tangerine Dream - Szczecin Poland
Steve Roach - Shadow of Time , This Place To Be
Robert Rich - What We Left Behind (Vestiges will also be when I acquire same)
Johannes Schmoeling - a thousand times 2
Ulrich Schnauss - No Further Ahead Than Today
Radiohead - Moon Shaped Pool
Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
Runrig - The Story

Reissues - Tales from Topographic Oceans (blu ray) , Dark Side of The Moogs

Still to get Oxygene3 and the new Riverside triple vinyl prog ambient instrumental thing. Both will be up there.

So quite a lot really, been a good year for me anyway.

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Re: 10 Favorite Ambient/Electronic Albums of 2016
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 05:14:49 AM »
Also have to add I have listened  to the Alio Die and many Ishq albums on Spotify. Hard to keep up with Ishq especially, high quality, prolific,  ambient beauty. Will listen to more and I am sure both artists will feature in my best of.

I will be checking out that Space Simulator album as I haven't heard same and sounds right up my street.


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Re: 10 Favorite Ambient/Electronic Albums of 2016
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2016, 12:10:52 PM »
Great list. Several on there I have not heard and need to check out.

Here is my running 2016 list, all genres lumped together:

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/patient_ot/2016-favorites/

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Re: 10 Favorite Ambient/Electronic Albums of 2016
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2017, 06:00:14 PM »
I purchased a lot of great music in 2016, but most of it wasn't released in 2016.   :P