Nicholas’ Personal Favourites of 2020 – LP Albums

Here I present my top 30 favourite LONG PLAYS released in 2020 that personally caught my eclectic interests with excitement and awe. NOTE: This is a nonhierarchical list, in a randomized order.

Enjoy πŸ’–

Animal Party – Enchantment [Plutoid] 🍁

Devouring Saturn – Fortis Rebis [self-release] 🍁

Lunatic Soul – Through Shaded Woods [Kscope]

Thanya Iyer – KIND [Topshelf] 🍁

Clara Engel – Hatching Under The Stars [self-release] 🍁

Speaker Face – Crescent [self-release] 🍁

Jonathan HultΓ©n – Chants From Another Place [Kscope]

Erin Corbett – Swelter Molt Sweat & Mettle [Biblioteka] 🍁

PIQSIQ – Taaqtuq Ubluriaq: Dark Star [self-release] 🍁

Anna von Hausswolff – All Thoughts Fly [Southern Lord]

Animatist – INVERTED [Glue Gun] 🍁

ART the Band – ART the Band [self-release] 🍁

That Joe Payne – By Name. By Nature. [self-release]

Siamois Synthesis – Feu Aimant [Ambiances MagnΓ©tiques] 🍁

Falcon Jane – Faith [Darling Recordings] 🍁

Kate NV – Room for the Moon [RVNG]

Roger Eno & Brian Eno – Mixing Colours [Opal Music / Deutsche Grammophon]

Golden Retriever & Chuck Jones – Rain Shadow [Thrill Jockey]

The Golden Age of Wrestling – Tombstone Piledriver [self-release] 🍁

Moths & Locusts – Exoplanets [noiseagonymayhem] 🍁

SOMBRA – Free From Interruption [self-release] 🍁

Alber – Alber [self-release]

Ms Amy Birks – All That I Am & All That I Was [self-release]

Inner Odyssey – The Void [self-release] 🍁

Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight To Eternity [Superior Viaduct] 🍁

Pantayo – Pantayo [Telephone Explosion] 🍁

Cedric Noel – nothing forever, everything [Front Porch] 🍁

Mariana Semkina – Sleepwalking [Kscope]

Matthew Cardinal – Asterisms [Arts & Crafts] 🍁

Mary Lattimore – Silver Letters [Ghostly International]

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Nicholas’ Personal Favourites of 2020 – EP Albums

Here I present my top 30 favourite EXTENDED PLAYS released in 2020 that personally caught my eclectic interests with excitement and awe. NOTE: This is a nonhierarchical list, in a randomized order.

Enjoy ✨

householder – commonplace / escarpment country [self-release] 🍁

suffer fools – bourgeois death // dopamine ghosts [self-release] 🍁

Mark Wylie – Moonlight / Hide & Seek [self-release] 🍁

Angel Bat Dawid – Transition East / No Space Fo Us [International Anthem]

weatherboy – weatherboy [Lootbag] 🍁

Rafael Kahn – An Effort to Relax [Biblioteka] 🍁

Andrew Wiseman – Ambient 1: Arrival [self-release] 🍁

Ulrike – 2020_06-Works [self-release] 🍁

NAVI – Runes [self-release] 🍁

Laurence-Anne – Accident [Bonsound] 🍁

Stephanie Hayward – Dusk [self-release] 🍁

Uncaught (in promise) – Uncaught in Promise [self-release] 🍁

Renard Blanc – Combustion [Sexy Sloth] 🍁

Jennifer Reiser – JR EP Remastered [self-release]

CONDUCTOR – Aurora Program [Glue Gun] 🍁

Blastronaut – Nadrix, the Dealer [self-release] 🍁

Will Jarvis – Frustrated Illustrator [Plutoid] 🍁

Mothers Tongue – Everything You Wanted [Buzz] 🍁

World Eaters – Demo MK-1 [self-release] 🍁

Acid Mothers Temple / Yoo Doo Right – Split [Mothland] 🍁

Jackson Welchner – just a lil’ EP [Plutoid] 🍁

Habit – The Last Testament [self-release] 🍁

Elysian Sun – Buried In Light [self-release] 🍁

Matmos – For Alan Turing [Thrill Jockey]

Sonja – Grounding [self-release] 🍁

NNAMDÏ – Black Plight [self-release]

SAGES – The Glue Gun Records//Social Isolation Variety-Time Extravaganza EP [self-release] 🍁

jw. – Wildly Indecisive [self-release] 🍁

JONCRO – Twa EP [self-release] 🍁

iamthemorning – Counting the Ghosts [self-release]

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Nicholas’ Personal Favourites of 2020 – Singles

Here I present my top 30 favourite SINGLES released in 2020 that personally caught my eclectic interests with excitement and awe. NOTE: This is a nonhierarchical list, in a randomized order.

Enjoy πŸŽ‡

Fifth Species – The Silent Gale [self-release]

Animal Party & Feyla – Home Is A Haven [self-release] 🍁

JONCRO – Violet Hair [self-release] 🍁

Aeria – Let Me Go [self-release] 🍁

Stillness and Stars – Achievement Dispenser [self-release] 🍁

Anne Sulkowski – before [self-release] 🍁

The Breaking English – Summertime Heat [self-release] 🍁

Bicyclops – Fait Accompli [self-release] 🍁

Dusts of Binary – HoHum [self-release] 🍁

The Anchoress – Show Your Face [Kscope]

TRP.P – Tell Me [self-release] 🍁

Mobius Radio – Dive [self-release] 🍁

Apollo Suns – So Long Ethan [self-release] 🍁

Kitzl – Absolute Zero [self-release] 🍁

Dizzy Mystics – Centre of the 8 [self-release] 🍁

Subterranea –Β  Echochamber [self-release] 🍁

Other Families – Grone [self-release] 🍁

Dream Aria – The Hourglass [self-release] 🍁

Waxlimbs – It Speaks [Plutoid] 🍁

Jessica Moss – Opened Ending [Constellation] 🍁

ART the Band – Imaginary [self-release] 🍁

Jason Sharp – Gates of Heaven [Constellation] 🍁

Bombnivores – iSO [self-release] 🍁

Andy Wiseman – Tides [self-release] 🍁

Transstar – I, Bitch [Park Music] 🍁

That Joe Payne – By Name. By Nature. [self-release]

Elektryk Bestia – Solar Bubbles [Bestia Productions]

JESSA – Crazy Love [self-release] 🍁

Eine Kleine China – Zugzwang [self-release] 🍁

Ms Amy Birks – Christmas With You This Year [self-release]

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Nicholas’ Personal Favourites of 2020 – Music Videos

Here I present my top 30 favourite MUSIC VIDEOS released in 2020 that personally caught my eclectic interests with excitement and awe. NOTE: This is a nonhierarchical list, in a randomized order.

Enjoy 🎊

Suffer Fools – when i was a monster 🍁

Waxlimbs – Dead In The Water 🍁

Jonathan HultΓ©n – The Mountain

Basal – Grassdancer 🍁

Lars Rynning & Suren Seneviratne – Karmic Earth

Shamik – Gaali 🍁

Falcon Jane – Heaven 🍁

Other Families – L.A.P. 🍁

Dan Avidan & Super Guitar Bros – Scarborough Fair

Clara Engel – Oiseau Rebelle 🍁

The Breaking English – Self Destructive Tendencies 🍁

Bicycle Face – Constellation 🍁

SOMBRA – Are You Well? 🍁

That Joe Payne – In My Head

Leurocuta – Thank you for your time 🍁

VERSA – Composite no. 1: Trap is Full 🍁

Bab L’ Bluz – Ila Mata

Mother Tongues – Let You Down 🍁

Ms Amy Birks – I Wish

Hymns57 – Blind Eyes in the Water 🍁

MICROPANiK – Requiescat 🍁

Aquarius Dreams – This Way 🍁

Pantayo – VVV (They Lie) 🍁

Kali Horse – ANIMA 🍁

The Anchoress – Show Your Face

Conductor – Monolith (Feat. Juneyt) 🍁

Romshii – Hot Pocket 🍁

Sunshine Express – no_body 🍁

Lunatic Soul – Navvie

Paragon Cause – Lost Cause 🍁

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The Best Music of 2020

This is an unranked, but loosely ordered list of the music around the world that resonated with me in 2020.
Check out the Spotify playlist below for a taste of the musical genius flooding this big-ass list, and remember to buy albums via bandcamp when sufficiently inspired and financially capable.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/4VSbDrJmmJBuytsN2Ki4Ly

Nnamdi – Brat (Alt Pop/Alt R&B/Alt Rock/Alt Rap/Alt Prog)

HAIM – Women In Music III (Instant classic rock/pop)

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Alt folk/alt pop)

Deftones – Ohms (Alt Metal)

Clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned (Experimental Rap/IDM)

CocoRosie – Put the Shine On (Experimental Pop)

Obuxum – Re-Birth (Electronic/R&B)

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It (Industrial Alt Rap)

Moses Sumney – grae (Progressive R&B)

Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension (Prog Pop/Alt Folk)

William Ryan Fritch – Soldida (Contemporary Composition/Ambient)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Expanding Electricity (Experimental Electronic/Ambient)

Laura Marling – Songs For Our Daughter (Folk Rock)

Sevdaliza – Shebrang (Alt Pop/Trip Hop)

Witch Prophet – DNA Activation (Trip Hop)

Zilla With Her Eyes Shut – S/T (Alt/Experimental Pop)

TOBi – Elements Vol 1 (R&B)

Shabazz Palaces – The Don of Diamond Dreams (Psychedelic Rap)

Ora Cogan – Bells in the Ruins (Alt Folk Rock)

Gorillaz – Song Machine Reader (Alt Pop/Rap)

Pantayo – Pantayo (Experimental Folk Pop)

Jimmy Chamberlin Complex – Honor (alt prog jazz)

Thundercat – It Is What It Is (Smooth Wank)

John Frusciante – Maya (Aphex Twin tribute album)

Mac Miller – Circles (Pop/Rap)

Jonsi – Shiver (Icelandic Pop Magic)

Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce (Alt Rap)

Lianne La Havas (R&B/Groove Rock)

Nick Storing – My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell (Contemporary Composition)

The Elwins – IV (Alt Pop/Rock)

Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats – UNLOCKED (Alt Rap)

Owen Pallet – Island (Experimental Folk/Composition) 

Baths – Pop Music/False B-Sides II (Alt Pop/Electronic)

Zen Bamboo – Glu (Alt Rock)

Dirty Projects – 5EPs (Alt Folk/Pop)

Anachnid – Dreamweaver (Trip Hop)

Sarah Harmer – (Folk Rock)

Amon Tobin, Figurosa – The World As We Know It (Alt Folk/Electronic)

Laurel Halo – Possessed (Electronic Composition/Ambient/Experimental)

Deerhoof – Future Teenage Cave Artists (Jank Pop/Punk/Experimental)

Braids (Alt Pop/Electronic/Rock)

Loma – Don’t Shy Away (Alt Folk)

Mr. Gnome – The Day You Flew Away (Alt Rock)

Caribou – Suddenly (Electronic)

Leisure Palace (Experimental Alt Pop)

Vieo Abiungo – Balkanize (Experimental Folk)

Ilya – Other Ways to Vent (Pop/R&B)

Oh Sees – Metamorphosed (Psych Rock)

The Smashing Pumkins – CYR (New Wave)

Run the Jewels – 4 (Rap)

KRS-One – Between Da Protests (Rap)

Phantogram – Ceremony (Alt Pop)

Little Simz – Drop 6 (Rap)

Skeletons – If the Cat Come Back (Experimental Folk)

Plants and Animals – The Jungle (Rock)

https://annesulikowski.bandcamp.com/album/bedroom-drone (Ambient/Drone)

Ian William Craig – Red Sun Through Smoke

https://claraengel.bandcamp.com/album/hatching-under-the-stars

Grimes – Miss Anthropocene 

U.S. Girls (70s Pop/Rock)

Shmu – Pure Bliss (Psych/Alt Rock)

Metz – Atlas Vending (Rock)

Reptoid – Worship False Gods (Noise Rock/Math Punk)

The Flaming Lips – American Head

https://buildingsandfood.bandcamp.com/album/up-down-strange-charm