Feb
10
2015

My favourite music of 2014

Here is a short list of the best albums and EPs (in order of preference, near enough) among those I have listened during the year passed: / Ecco i miei album ed EP musicali preferiti del 2014 (in ordine di preferenza, più o meno) fra tutti quelli che ho avuto la possibilità di ascoltare:

Hands - The Soul Is Quick HandsThe Soul Is Quick [Ecstatic]

Black Swan - Tone Poetry Black SwanTone Poetry [Ethereal Symphony]

Fennesz - Bécs FenneszBécs [Editions Mego]

Positive Centre - Hiding Knives Positive CentreHiding Knives (EP) [Our Circula Sound]

Anathema - Distant Satellites AnathemaDistant Satellites [Kscope]

Marsen Jules - Sinfonietta Marsen JulesSinfonietta [Dronarivm]

Marsen Jules - At GRM Marsen JulesAt GRM (minialbum) [Oktaf]

Altus - Excursion Three AltusExcursion Three [earthMANTRA]

Thomas Köner & Jana Winderen - Cloître (live) Thomas Köner & Jana WinderenCloître (live) [Touch.]

Carla Bozulich - Boy Carla BozulichBoy [Constellation]

Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever Steve RoachThe Delicate Forever [Projekt]


Other worth-mentioning albums and EPs: / Altri album ed EP degni di menzione:

Eschaton (Ancient Methods & Orphx) – Eschaton (EP) [Token]
Headless Horseman – Headless Horseman 004 (EP) [Headless Horseman]
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [WaterTower Music / Sony Classical]
Opal Onyx – Delta Sands [Tin Angel Records]
Marsen Jules – Beautyfear [Oktaf]
Lucy – Churches Schools and Guns [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
Abdulla Rashim – Unanimity [Northern Electronics]
Fennesz – Mahler Remixed [not on label, self-released]
Horizontal Excursions – Legacy EP [not on label; free download]
Positive Centre – In Silent Series [Our Circula Sound]
Ryan Teague – Block Boundaries [Village Green]
Neel – Phobos [Spectrum Pools]
Edvard Graham Lewis – All Under [Editions Mego]
Edvard Graham Lewis – All Over [Editions Mego]
Dalhous – Will to Be Well [Blackest Ever Black]
Snowbird – (Moon) [Bella Union]
Kangding Ray – Solens Arc [Raster-Noton]
Black Rain – Dark Pool [Blackest Ever Black]
Biosphere – Patashnik 2 [Biophon Records]
Arca – Xen [Mute]
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club [Ghostly International]
Shxcxchcxsh – Linear S Decoded [Avian]
Jay Daniel – Karmatic Equations [Wild Oats]
Ingenting Kollektiva – Return to Messina and Death (EP) [Invisible Birds]
Interpol – El Pintor [Matador / Soft Limit]
White Hex – Gold Nights [felte / It Records]
Kyle Bobby Dunn – Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness [Students of Decay]
Xeno & Oaklander – Par Avion [Ghostly International]
Bonobo – Flashlight EP [Ninja Tune]
Idlefon – Intensive Collectivity Known as City [Tympanik Audio]
Cristian Vogel – Polyphonic Beings [Shitkatapult]
Alio Die ≈ Parallel Worlds – Elusive Metaphor [Hic Sunt Leones]
Efdemin – Decay [Dial]
Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers [Modern Love]
Tempelhof & Gigi Masin – Hoshi [Hell Yeah Recordings]
AWVFTS (A Winged Victory for the Sullen) – Atomos [Erased Tapes Records]
Kiasmos – Kiasmos [Erased Tapes Records]
Engineers – Always Returning [Kscope]
Matthew Swiezynski – Dream Vision, Version One (EP) [Invisible Birds]
Matthew Swiezynski – The Castle at Cöthen (EP) [Invisible Birds]
Dawn Landes – Bluebird [Western Vinyl]
Lucette – Black Is the Color [Rock Creek Music]
Lussuria – Industriale Illuminato [Hospital Productions]
Galati – Mother [Psychonavigation Records]
Ø – Konstellaatio [Sähkö Recordings]
Loscil | Fieldhead – Fury and Hecla (EP) [Gizeh Records]
Yann Novak – Snowfall [Dragon’s Eye Recordings]
Aphex Twin – Syro [Warp Records]
µ-Ziq – Rediffusion (EP) [Planet Mu]
Saåad – deep/float [Hands in the Dark]
raison d’être – Mise en Abyme [Transgredient Records]
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused [4AD]
Sophia Loizou – Chrysalis [Astro:Dynamics]
Matthew Swiezynski – Dream Vision, Version Two (EP) [Invisible Birds]
Machinefabriek – Stillness Soundtracks (for films by Esther Kokmeijer) [Glacial Movements Records]
Deaf Center – Recount (EP) [Sonic Pieces]
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap [FatCat Records / DiCristina Stair Builders]
Steve Roach – Bloodmoon Rising [Timeroom Editions]
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence [Polydor / Interscope Records]


My favourite tracks of 2014: / I miei brani musicali preferiti del 2014:

Hands – Beelitz-Heilstätten Pt. 6 [from “The Soul Is Quick”]
Hands – Beelitz-Heilstätten Pt. 10 [from “The Soul Is Quick”]
Hands – Beelitz-Heilstätten Pt. 11 [from “The Soul Is Quick”]
The Horrors – Sleepwalk [from “Luminous”]
Anathema – Take Shelter [from “Distant Satellites”]
Loscil – Angle of List [from “Sea Island”]
Steve Roach – HearAfter [from “The Delicate Forever”]
Black Swan – Rapture [from “Tone Poetry”]
Snowbird – Amelia [from “(Moon)”]
Snowbird – Porcelain [from “(Moon)”]
Fennesz – Bécs [from “Bécs”]
Dalhous – Transference [from “Will to Be Well”]
Rome – Bread and Wine [from “A Passage to Rhodesia”]
Engineers – It Rings So True [from “Always Returning”]
Aphex Twin – XMAS_EVET10 (thanaton3 mix) [from “Syro”]
Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers [from “Faith in Strangers”]
Black Swan – Elegy [from “Tone Poetry”]
Lucy – Leave Us Alone [from “Churches Schools and Guns”]
Lucy – The Self as Another [from “Churches Schools and Guns”]
Lucy – Laws and Habits [from “Churches Schools and Guns”]
Positive Centre – Field of Tongues [from “Hiding Knives”]
Positive Centre – The Proprioceptor [from “Hiding Knives”]
Fhloston Paradigm – The Phoenix [from “The Phoenix”]
Ben Jacov – Notturno Lucis [from “Transalp”]
Ben Jacov – Yelltu Riekk [from “Transalp”]
Jérôme Chassagnard – Somewhere [from “Inner Dialog”]
GusGus – Sustain [from “Mexico”]
All My Faith Lost … – Dulcinea [from “Redefine My Pure Faith”]
Dalhous – DSM-III [from “Will to Be Well”]
Black Rain – Xibalba Road Metamorph [from “Dark Pool”]
Black Rain – Burst [from “Dark Pool”]
Fennesz – The Liar [from “Bécs”]
Xeno & Oaklander – Reflections [from “Par Avion”]
Xeno & Oaklander – Par Avion [from “Par Avion”]
Black Swan – Eden [from “Tone Poetry”]
Black Swan – Psalm [from “Tone Poetry”]
Black Swan – Beloved [from “Tone Poetry”]
Fennesz – Liminality [from “Bécs”]
Fennesz – Static Kings [from “Bécs”]
Marsen Jules – Sinfonietta [from “Sinfonietta”]
Fennesz – Pallas Athene [from “Bécs”]
Fennesz – Sav [from “Bécs”]
Kyle Bobby Dunn – Confessions of the Mildly Miserable [from “Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness”]
Marsen Jules – At GRM, Part II [from “At GRM”]
Marsen Jules – At GRM, Part I [from “At GRM”]
Carla Bozulich – One Hard Man [from “Boy”]
Opal Onyx – Delta Sands [from “Delta Sands”]
Horizontal Excursions – Into the Mariana Trench [from “Legacy EP”]
Horizontal Excursions – Santa Maria [from “Legacy EP”]
Thomas Köner & Jana Winderen – Cloître [from “Cloître”]
Fennesz – Mahler Remixed 1 [from “Mahler Remixed”]
Fennesz – Paroles [from “Bécs”]
Kangding Ray – Blank Empire [from “Solens Arc”]
Kangding Ray – Amber Decay [from “Solens Arc”]
Altus – Journey’s End [from “Excursion Three”]
Biosphere – A Circular Path [from “Patashnik 2″]
Biosphere – Modulation of Static [from “Patashnik 2″]
Biosphere – SETI Project v.1 [from “Patashnik 2″]
Biosphere – Novelty Waves v.1 [from “Patashnik 2″]
Fennesz – Mahler Remixed 2 [from “Mahler Remixed”]
Fennesz – Mahler Remixed 3 [from “Mahler Remixed”]
Fennesz – Mahler Remixed 4 [from “Mahler Remixed”]
The Juan MacLean – Here I Am [from “In a Dream”]
Ariel Pink – Not Enough Violence [from “Pom Pom”]
The Flashbulb – Solar Motel [from “Nothing Is Real”]
Prostitutes – Build Your Kits [from “Petit Cochon”]
Redinho – Shem [from “Redinho”]
Caribou – Julia Brightly [from “Our Love”]
Caribou – Our Love [from “Our Love”]
Redinho – Going Nowhere [from “Redinho”]
Hands – Beelitz-Heilstätten Pt. 7 [from “The Soul Is Quick”]
Ingenting Kollektiva – Return to Messina and Death [from “Return to Messina and Death”]
White Hex – Only a Game [from “Gold Nights”]
White Hex – Sisters [from “Gold Nights”]
White Hex – Gold [from “Gold Nights”]
White Hex – In the Night [from “Gold Nights”]
White Hex – United Colours of KL [from “Gold Nights”]
Plastikman – EXtrude [from “EX”]
Saåad – After Love [from “deep/float”]
Positive Centre – Become the Surface [from “In Silent Series”]
Positive Centre – Back to Steaming [from “In Silent Series”]
Positive Centre – Stand down Be Better [from “In Silent Series”]
The Future Sound of London – Machines of the Subconscious [from “Environment five”]
Matthew Swiezynski – Dream Vision, Version One [from “Dream Vision, Version One”]
Matthew Swiezynski – The Castle at Cöthen [from “The Castle at Cöthen”]
Biosphere – The Seal & The Hydrophone v.1 [from “Patashnik 2″]
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Brando (Dwellers on the bluff) [from “Soused”]
Lussuria – Venus in Retrograde [from “Industriale Illuminato”]
Efdemin – Subatomic [from “Decay”]
Shxcxchcxsh – Entering the S-Cloud [from “Linear S Decoded”]
Legowelt – When the Spring Comes Again [from “Crystal Cult 2080″]
Xeno & Oaklander – Jasmine Nights [from “Par Avion”]
Steve Roach – The Delicate Forever [from “The Delicate Forever”]
Lussuria – Breath of Cinder [from “Industriale Illuminato”]
Lussuria – Eyes of the World [from “Industriale Illuminato”]
Horizontal Excursions – There Is Peace down Here [from “Legacy EP”]
Fatima Al Qadiri – Shanghai Freeway [from “Asiatisch”]
Efdemin – Solaris [from “Decay”]
Sophia Loizou – Phylum [from “Chrysalis”]
Biosphere – Cloud X-4 [from “Patashnik 2″]
Biosphere – Juno [from “Patashnik 2″]
Biosphere – The Lightone [from “Patashnik 2″]
Altus – Silver Shores [from “Excursion Three”]
Altus – Gathering the Moments [from “Excursion Three”]
Deaf Center – Oblivion [from “Recount”]
Matthew Swiezynski – Dream Vision, Version Two [from “Dream Vision, Version Two”]
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Herod 2014 [from “Soused”]
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Fetish (Flip’n’Zip) [from “Soused”]
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Lullaby [from “Soused”]
Carla Bozulich – Lazy Crossbones [from “Boy”]
Otto A Totland – Jonas [from “Pinô”]
Arca – Xen [from “Xen”]
Arca – Slit Thru [from “Xen”]
Arca – Tongue [from “Xen”]
Abdulla Rashim – Unanimity [from “Unanimity”]
Abdulla Rashim – Moral Blinds [from “Unanimity”]
µ-Ziq – Rimmy [from “Rediffusion”]
µ-Ziq – Blem [from “Rediffusion”]
µ-Ziq – Smeester [from “Rediffusion”]
HTRK – Give It Up [from “Psychic 9-5 Club”]
HTRK – Feels like Love [from “Psychic 9-5 Club”]
HTRK – Wet Dream [from “Psychic 9-5 Club”]
HTRK – Love Is Distraction [from “Psychic 9-5 Club”]
HTRK – Chinatown Style [from “Psychic 9-5 Club”]
HTRK – The Body You Deserve [from “Psychic 9-5 Club”]
Rome – The Past Is Another Country [from “A Passage to Rhodesia”]


A playlist with some tracks: / Una playlist con alcuni brani musicali:



























Considerable reissues: / Ristampe considerevoli:

Boards of Canada – Hi Scores (EP) [Skam]
Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll [4AD]
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas [4AD]
Fennesz – Venice (10th Anniversary Edition) [Touch.]
Hammock – The Sleepover Series, Volume One [Hammock Music]
Jon Hassell / Brian Eno – Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics [Glitterbeat]
Max Richter – Retrospective (The Blue Notebooks + Songs from Before + 24 Postcards in Full Colour + Infra) [Deutsche Grammophon]
Steve Roach – Structures from Silence [Projekt]
William Basinski – Melancholia (vinyl edition) [Temporary Residence Ltd]
Zurich – Zurich [Important Records]


Compilations: / Raccolte:

Gigi Masin – Talk to the Sea [Music From Memory]
M. Geddes Gengras – Collected Works Vol. 2: New Process Music [Umor Rex]


Disappointments (in alphabetical order): / Delusioni (in ordine alfabetico):

bvdub – A History of Distance [n5MD]
bvdub – I’ll Only Break Your Heart [Darla Records]
bvdub – Tanto [Quietus Recordings]
FKA twigs – LP1 [Young Turks]
Lawrence English – Wilderness of Mirrors [Room40]
Loscil – Sea Island [Kranky]
Marissa Nadler – July [Sacred Bones Records / Bella Union]
Plastikman – EX (performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC) [Mute / M_nus / BMG]
Pulsinger/Fennesz – In Four Parts (Tribute to John Cage) [col legno]
The Future Sound of London – Environment five [fsoldigital.com]
Thomas Köner – Tiento de las nieves [Denovali Records]


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