We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. In the coming days, we’ll post a series of lists. Our hope is that you will get an idea of where we are coming from. Here’s what Benjamin Mauch, whose “Golden Bay Garden” rates as one of our fave releases from 2016, turned in:
#1 – Jeremy Bible, “Music For Black Holes“ (self-released): When I found out that this album was coming out, I immediately placed an order for the physical copy, and was not disappointed. Long form drone that is beautiful and dark in the best ways possible.
#2 – Bibliotheca: I also immediately placed an order for this when it was showcased on Kickstarter, but it was over two years ago when I did. Following the development and production of this project has been fun, and the final product (a Bible with a reworked translation that is void of chapters/ verses and is meant to be read like a book) is perfect.
#3 – Kevin Drumm, “Artificial Organ“ (self-released): A surprising release from a prolific artist. Listening to a new work by Kevin Drumm is like inviting a ghost to stay in your room for a while; it’s initially disturbing, but after chatting and listening, the ghost tells you things that would have never been revealed otherwise.
#4 – Andy Stott, “Too Many Voices“ (Modern Love): Andy Stott has made me appreciate techno, albeit the experimental kind. “Too Many Voices” is brimming with interesting textures that make it worthy of many repeated listens, especially while driving in the city at night.
#5 – Eluvium, “False Readings On“ (Temporary Residence Ltd): This is by far the most beautiful and heart wrenching album Matthew Cooper has released. It’s gorgeous.