**As every year, Igor blogs his 2007 best of list. This is his musical list. Mine is still underway, be on the lookout and enjoy this one already.*
#1. Nadja – Touched/ Radiance of Shadows
Nadja has a sound that makes towers crumble. I’ve listened to a vast amount of Nadja this year. It was hard not too – they released a lot. Touched marked the beginning of the year with it’s blend of atmospheric vocals and ambient-doom layered guitar.The year came to a close with the release of Radiance Of Shadows wich employed a more primal and grittier approach.Therefore, a well-deserved number one spot for two gripping albums.
#2. The Ocean – Precambrian
More is more. And there are definitely lots of things happening on this double-disc concept album. The Ocean has made an album wich combines many forms of metal, post rock, electronica, classical music… yet it all works and it all makes sense. I find it hard not to listen to this album over and over again.
#3. Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 1
Carsten Nicolai abandons his clinical snap, crackle, pops for a while and focusses more on his drone-ier side. It has a sense of warmth to it that made me reminisce about Radio Amor… but in a Raster Norton kind of way.
#4. Grails – Burning Off Impurities
I admit, I have never been a big Grails fan. But ever since I heard the Black Tar Prophecies. I had the feeling that they were going to surprise me. Drumroll… Burning Off Impurities is an instrumental roadtrip through lesser-traveled paths combining rock, psychedelic, ambient and world music.
#5. Wolves In The Throne Room – Two Hunters
They hail from the woods of Olympia, WA. Though I wouldn’t want to walk through them when listening to their music. It can be best described as black metal but then again it’s something way beyond just that.
#6. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam & Panda Bear – Person Pitch
I can’t help thinking and/ or listening to either one of them without thinking and/ or listening to the other. Pop in its strangest and most enjoyable form.
#7. Stars Of The Lid – And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Their intense live performance definitely helped this record make it into my list. More minimal than its predecessor, it still captures the very simple but beautiful drones SotL creates.
#8. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works
As eclectic as they may be, DEP have written some fabulous songs on their latest effort without ever losing their ferocious groove. Something between mathcore and pop… Mathpop!
#9. Eric Malmberg – Verklighet & Beat
Bittersweet organ music with lots of jazzy arrangements that always tends to bring a smile upon my face. A very enjoyable listening experience.
#10. Year Of No Light – Nord
In an increasingly crowded genre, these Frenchmen bring a more aggressive vocal style and catching melodies to the table that will keep lingering in your head for days to come.
And then there are those who didn’t make it this year but still remain very solid albums:
– Baroness “Red Album”
– Ben Frost “Theory Of Machines”
– Dälek “Abandoned Language”
– Eluvium “Copia”
– Jens Lekman “Night Falls Over Kortedala”
– Maninkari “Le Diable Avec Ses Chevaux”
– MGR “Wavering On The Cresting Heft”
– Neurosis “Given To The Rising”
– Radiohead “In Rainbows”
– Senking “List”
– Signal “Robotron”
– The Twilight Sad
– Thurston Moore “Trees Outside The Academy”
– Zelienople “His/ Hers” …