We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is the list curated by Seattle born producer and musician Trevor Ransom.
The first time I heard this album was walking at night in Cambridge in winter. The patience and care that Nils has for each build and sound combined with the cool of that night leaves a lovely memory for me. I kept coming back to this album over the past year.
This album is infectious. Rosalía’s energy bursts through in a beautiful way taking shape in flamenco rhythms with modern production elements. Favorite track is “Pienso en tu mira”.
Phil Elverum (the man behind Mount Eerie) lost his wife to cancer in 2016. The way he observationally talks about his loss started to subtly tear at my heart with how much it lead me to empathize and feel. There are beautifully sad and human moments in this album.
Full of lovely piano featuring songs that cross from calm, warming pieces to controlled intensity. I enjoyed listening to this record at work many times.
Like a lot of the messages in this album, not a fan of some, but was undeniably inspired and happy as I listened to this latest release from The 1975. I felt like they did a really good job of taking you on a journey from start to finish but not just settling into one comfortable mood. They continually change through different moods, tempos, rhythms and production styles to keep you engaged and enjoying this fun, smart and challenging album.