Pitchfork's 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2016

Pitchfork's 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2016

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Amnesia Scanner - AS

Amnesia Scanner - AS
March 25, 2016
Glitch Hop
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
75
34 reviews

Anna Meredith - Varmints

Anna Meredith - Varmints
March 4, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
76
167 reviews

She wears her obvious theoretical grounding lightly and never lets it obstruct her ecstatic quest for new ideas and deranged stimuli. And Varmints is a knockout, the kind that makes you see cartoon stars.

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Arca - Entrañas

Arca - Entrañas
July 4, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
76
46 reviews

It is darker than Mutant; it’s heavier and more unrelenting. 

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Brian Eno - The Ship

Brian Eno - The Ship
April 29, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
User Score
71
55 reviews

The Ship is a great, unexpected record. The title track and “Fickle Sun (i)” on their own and as a connected piece of music are marvelous accomplishments, distinctive in Eno’s catalog. And “I’m Set Free” immediately ranks among the most perfect-sounding pop songs Eno has ever had a hand in making.

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Dedekind Cut - $uccessor

Dedekind Cut - $uccessor
November 11, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
76
28 reviews

Elysia Crampton - Demon City

Elysia Crampton - Demon City
July 22, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
83
7 reviews
User Score
70
58 reviews

Demon City ... is a wonder of concision and represents another massive leap forward in her growth.

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Foodman - Ez Minzoku

Foodman - Ez Minzoku
May 13, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
73
12 reviews

Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
June 10, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
79
75 reviews

Part of the album's magic is the way that Huerco S., after the fashion of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops, has captured a feeling of fragility, of things flaking to dust before our very eyes and ears.

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Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - In Summer

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - In Summer
August 7, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
77
26 reviews

Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
77
181 reviews
The Norwegian avant-gardist’s most atmospheric and filmic album draws on several traditions: vampire movies, the cross-hairs of art and pop, and the lineage of artwork made of menstrual blood.
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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
April 1, 2016
Folktronica
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
77
69 reviews
In her hands, acoustic instruments sound like electronic ones, synthetic sounds reference nature, and human voices sound like the creation of machines. The defining characteristics of each instrument ... are turned inside out and re-defined, giving the record a pleasingly alien mood that also feels oddly familiar.
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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy
September 16, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
User Score
75
20 reviews

Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek - Schaum

Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek - Schaum
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
79
1 review
User Score
78
3 reviews

Matmos - Ultimate Care II

Matmos - Ultimate Care II
February 19, 2016
Glitch
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
73
62 reviews

Caressing obsolete technology, they've parodied labor's drudgeries as play. Ultimate Care II is a daydream of domesticity, a chore ignored. Call it the revolutions of everyday life.

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Meredith Monk - On Behalf of Nature

Meredith Monk - On Behalf of Nature
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
81
2 reviews
User Score
43
1 review

Mikael Seifu - Seifu Zelalem

Mikael Seifu - Seifu Zelalem
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
67
4 reviews

Moor Mother - Fetish Bones

Moor Mother - Fetish Bones
September 16, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
73
13 reviews

serpentwithfeet - blisters

serpentwithfeet - blisters
September 2, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
78
32 reviews

The hybrid pop collaboration between Josiah Wise and Haxan Cloak is a sly and personal exploration of the queer experience, boiling with personal energy and fantastically operatic in scale.

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Tim Hecker - Love Streams

Tim Hecker - Love Streams
April 8, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
73
160 reviews

Like Virgins, Love Streams tackles a lot of abstract concepts, like "live" sound, and synthetic sound, and rooms and space, and technology's ability to complicate all those things. But it's also about the ability to disappear into sound, to get lost in the contours of a slippery timbre, or to be made whole by a consonant harmony.

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Yves Tumor - Serpent Music

Yves Tumor - Serpent Music
September 30, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
76
27 reviews
Original Source: http://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/9992-the-20-best-experimental-albums-of-2016/

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