Inglume's Top 50 Albums of 2020 (so far...)

Keepin' this list updated til the end of the year. Does not include EPs, bootlegs, instrumentals of LPs, reissues, unofficial releases.

2020 STATS (as of 8/12)
Total ratings: 666
Average: 58 (58.0841) ⬆
10/10: 0
9/10: 2 (Paysage D'Hiver, Arthur Russell)
8/10: 27
7/10: 130
6/10: 142
5/10: 186
4/10: 116
3/10: 44
2/10: 15
1/10: 4 (Sam Hunt, Anuel AA, J. Balvin, Black Eyed Peas)
0/10: 0

Fav EPs (75+)
• Keith Rowe - an assemblage / construct for 45 voices [Choral, Sound Collage] (Amplify 2020)
• Rhodri Davies - For Simon H.Fell [Free Improvisation] (Amplify 2020)
• GWSN - The Keys [K-Pop]
• Haru Nemuri - LOVETHEISM [Art Pop]
• Marek Kamiński & Piotr Michałowski - Luna [Ambient]
• Keith Rowe - GF SUC [EAI, Sound Collage] (Amplify 2020)
• 새소년 (SE SO NEON) - 비적응 [Indie Rock]
• BELK - BELK [Noise Rock]

Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald
1.
83
[Atmospheric Black Metal, Nature Recordings]

☆ Stimmen Im Wald
☆ So hallt es wider
☆ Le rêve lucide

"In a wintery, cold Alps forest wasteland, a bear aggressively mauls on your fresh, freezing corpse."
Arthur Russell - Roulette Intermedium, New York
2.
82
[Chamber Music, Art Pop, Post-Minimalism]
Basil Kirchin - Everyday Madness
3.
85
[Sound Collage, Tape Music]

☆ The Suspended Forth
☆ Electronic
☆ Pat's Pigs

"The controversial recording of autistic children came about because of his wife who worked as a teacher at a special ed school in a little valley in Switzerland in the city of Shermat. This school was inhabited only by autistic children and their teachers and caregivers. He noticed from days when he picked his wife up from work that the children would communicate through musical phrases "I was fascinated by the sounds they make when they tried to communicate" "the melodies that they sing, no normal, with the greatest respect, human mind, could think of such intervals as they pitch and sing and the flood it comes out with and its emotional.""
Ichiko Aoba - "Gift" at Sogetsu Hall
5.
78
[Contemporary Folk, Acoustic]

☆ Kokoro no Sekai
☆ Onigashima
☆ Bouquet

"In the ambience of a pitch black chamber, a single silhouette brings light to its surroundings, raising up a guitar, and letting its gentle notes reverberate in the darkness."
Graindelavoix / Björn Schmelzer - Tenebrae
6.
79
[Polyphonic Chant, Renaissance Music]

☆ Tenebrae responsoria for Maundy Thursday No. 4, Amicus meus
☆ Tenebrae responsoria for Maundy Thursday No. 6, Unus ex discipulis meis
☆ Tenebrae responsoria for Holy Friday No. 9, Caligaverunt oculi mei

"May the Lord forgive us, may the God's be with us. And that magic hour, I seen good Christians."
Magnus Granburg & Skogen - Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost
8.
80
[Indeterminacy]

☆ Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost

"Wash us in the blood, wash us in the blood."
Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
9.
[Art Pop, Baroque Pop, Nouvelle Chanson Française]

☆ Rémora
☆ La maison jaune
☆ À l'ombre des cyprès

"Notre-Dame-des-Sept Douleurs is a place that exists geographically, but it's also a place that exists in my mind."
Lionel Marchetti - Planktos
10.
81
[Musique concrète, Electronic]
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
11.
73
[Black Metal, Psychedelic Rock]

☆ Ilmestys
☆ Oikeamielisten sali
☆ Uusi teknokratia

"Audio equivalent of banging your head so hard on the desk, you get a serious, life-threatening concussion and end up entranced and hypnotized in your crazy dream world."
Ko Ishikawa, Nikos Sidirokastritis, Giorgos Varoutas, Harris Lambrakis & Anna Linardou - Τhe Depths Above
12.
80
[Free Improvisation, EAI]

☆ Kaiki
☆ Yfala
☆ Kladi

"Is there such a thing as retroactive utopia?"
Charles Kellogg - The Nature Singer: His Complete Issued Recordings, February 1915 to January 1919
14.
76
[Birdsong, Classical Waltz]

☆ Humoresque
☆ Narcissus
☆ Kujawiak

"Charles Dennison Kellogg was unlike any performer in the history of the American stage. He developed a few key obsessions - the forest, love, vibration, fire - into an irresistibly charismatic package and then sold that package in the form of himself through an uncanny use of the press, a vigorous appetite for travel, and a need to be the center of attention through a serpentine five-decade career as a pontificator and showman."
Henning Christiansen - Peter der Große / Gudbrandsdal
15.
81
[Tape Music, Electronic, Musique concrète]

☆ Kriegszug - vorrücken
☆ Der ewige totentanz
☆ Umwälzung

"Two absolutely enthralling and immersive pieces of tape music, now available for the first time nearly 4 decades later."
Takagi Masakatsu - Silent Rain (Original Soundtrack)
16.
68
[Reductionism, Neoclassical New Age, Film Score]

☆ 静かな雨
☆ それぞれのめぐり
☆ 星座

"To the world you are just one person, but to one person, you are the world."
Neptunian Maximalism - Éons
17.
67
[Avant-Garde Jazz, Drone Metal]

☆ Ptah Sokar Osiris
☆ Vajrabhairava (all 3 parts)
☆ Daiitoku-Myōō no Ōdaiko

"The ambitious album trilogy of “Éons” is a musical experience of gargantuan proportions where each chapter is part of a fascinating ritual, a cosmic mass of light and darkness." -the band jerking themselves off
Spacial Absence - Lifespan of a Mayfly
18.
78
[Harsh Noise, Nature Recordings]
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight to Eternity
19.
73
[Hypnagogic Pop, Lo-Fi Indie]

☆ Just for Loving You I Pay the Price
☆ Lucifer Stand
☆ I Want You to Suffer

"I feel ashamed as a Canadian to only be listening to Joni Mitchell now when there's new Cindy Lee."
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
20.
[Art Pop, Singer-Songwriter]

☆ Shameika
☆ For Her
☆ Cosmonauts

"When push comes to shove, take out those kitchen utensils, grab your furry friends, bring out that raw vocal energy, and make something triumphant!"
Toshiya Tsunoda / Taku Unami - Wovenland 2
21.
77
[Musique concrète, Field Recordings, Animal Sounds]
KA - Descendants Of Cain
22.
67
[East Coast Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop]

☆ Solitude of Enoch
☆ I Love (Mimi, Moms, Kev)
☆ Patron Saints

"My punishment is greater than I can bear."
Lurker Of Chalice - Tellurian Slaked Furnace
23.
67
[Black Ambient, Atmospheric Black Metal]

☆ VIII
☆ II
☆ XI

"Another reason not to give up on a band who out of nowhere decides to vanish for 15 years, because in some way, shape, or form, they'll always be back, back to tear at those eardrums again."
Valentina Magaletti - Due matte
24.
72
[Musique Concrète, Tribal Ambient]

☆ Apples from Peru
☆ Brasilians on the internet
☆ Run for the newborn

"An interaction game between styles and sounds, mesmeric in its echoes of distant landscapes and enveloping in its partiality. A music exercise in "tropical concrete"."
Ellen Fullman - In the Sea
25.
77
[Drone, Sound Art]

☆ Work for Two
☆ Staggered Stasis
☆ In the Sea

"Ethereal and exquisitely paced, these rare recordings capture minimalism's quiet radiance. Within a musical landscape that has seen the rise of contemporary drone practitioners like Ellen Arkbro and Kali Malone, Fullman is sure to find a legion of fans."
Okkyung Lee - Yeo​-​Neun
26.
72
[Korean Classical Music, Chamber Music, Free Improvisation]

☆ The Longest Morning
☆ Another Old Story (옛날이야기)
☆ The Yellow Porcelain Bird

"An enigmatic composer and cellist, Ms. Lee grasps at every little second and moment in her compositions to produce a cold, depressive, but simultaneously chilling and sombre minimal work of beauty."
Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers
27.
[Synthpop, Indie Rock]

☆ I'm Not Your Dog
☆ Carla's Got A Boyfriend
☆ Slumlord

"Your horny British dad goes through the best mid-life crisis one could ever dream of."
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
28.
[Synthpop, Ethereal Wave]

☆ Delete Forever
☆ 4ÆM
☆ Violence

"Claire demonstrates her Artificial Intelligence intellect, then proceeds to name her kid 'X Æ A-12'."
YUKIKA - Soul Lady
29.
66
[K-Pop, City Pop]
Roza Terenzi - Modern Bliss
30.
78
[Outsider House, Breakbeat]
Pharoah Sanders - Live in Paris (1975)
31.
75
[Spiritual Jazz, Free Jazz]

☆ The Creator Has a Masterplan
☆ Love Is Here: Part 1
☆ Farrell Tune

"The creator has a master plan, peace and happiness for every man."
Miguel Noya - Canciónes intactas
32.
73
[Progressive Electronic, Tribal Ambient]

☆ Parsec
☆ Inoculación
☆ Megabrain focos Part 1

"Canciónes Intactas finally allows us a rare and invaluable window into the strange, isolated lands from which so many uncommon, synthetic, delicate gems have been formed, made of magical and mythologic Latin American secrets."
Natalia Lafourcade - Un Canto por México, Vol. 1
33.
64
[Mexican Folk Music, Ranchera, Son Jarocho]

☆ Para Qué Sufrir
☆ Hasta la Raíz
☆ El Balajú / Serenata Huasteca

"One of Latin America's most beloved songwriters takes a moment to commemorate her country's rich musical background, and invites some wacky, kooky Mariachi players along in the ride too."
Priscilla Ermel - Origens da luz
34.
76
[Avant-Folk, Field Recordings, New Age]

☆ Cine mato gráfico
☆ Meditação
☆ Campo de sonhos

"A nurturing 80 minutes of comfort, topped up by soothing, surreal Brazilian folk recordings that'll leave quite the lasting impression for those with the patience to appreciate the moment as it fades to the background."
Cappella Amsterdam / Daniel Reuss - Inferno
35.
72
[Renaissance Music, Choral]
Bernard Parmegiani - Violostries
36.
77
[Musique concrète, Drone]

☆ Violostries
☆ Capture éphémère
☆ La roue Ferris

"Violostries represents the intersection of several musical research directions, presented as two simultaneous dialogues - composer/performer and instrument/orchestra."
RAY - Pink
37.
66
[Shoegaze, Noise Pop]

☆ Fading Lights
☆ 世界の終わりは君とふたりで
☆ GENERATION

"I'm your...friend."
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
38.
62
[Art Pop, Chamber Pop]

☆ Your Body Changes Everything
☆ Nothing At All
☆ Whole Life

"Women and queer dominating 2020 sorry lol."
Shogun's Castle - The Ancient Arts of Self​-​Discipline
39.
72
[Ambient, Japanese Folk Music, Dungeon Synth]
Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today
40.
61
[Post-Punk, Art Punk]

☆ Processed by the Boys
☆ Worm In Heaven
☆ Tranquilizer

"Life is all about ass...you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, or behaving like one."
Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
41.
60
[Singer-Songwriter, Americana]

☆ Murder Most Foul
☆ I've Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You
☆ False Prophet

"By means of many roads must a male homo sapien strolling in a vertical motion down before your highness can call him a male homo sapien?. . . Thy answer, my acquaintance, is blowin' in thy blowing gusts of air, thy answer is blowin' in thy blowing gusts of air."
MIKE - Weight of the World
42.
61
[Abstract Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop]

☆ What's Home 1/2
☆ love supremacy
☆ 222

"No, I'm not a fucking Earl Sweatshirt protégé."
Kjellvandertonbruket - Doom Country
43.
62
[Americana, Gothic Country]

☆ Normal Behaviour in a Cutting Garden II
☆ Normal Behaviour in a Cutting Garden I
☆ Tidal Wave

"I have always been fascinated by what happens the first time a group of musicians take on a piece of music. I wanted to explore this and found some dear friends who felt the same and whose musicianship I admire."
Nick Hakim - WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD
44.
68
[Psychedelic Soul, Hypnagogic Pop]

☆ Qadir
☆ Whoo
☆ Crumpy

"Yes."
Multicast Dynamics - Ancient Circuits
45.
71
[Ambient, Electracoustic]

☆ Part Four
☆ Part Three
☆ Part Two

"Come for the cover, stay for the trip."
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
46.
[Neo-Psychedelia, Art Rock]

☆ Gospel For a New Century
☆ Romanticist
☆ Folie Imposée

"Sean Bowie dips head-first into some rich, profusing glam rock, and then occasionally reminds you to hit it hard up in the sheets."
Matt Elliott - Farewell to All We Know
47.
74
[Chamber Folk, Progressive Folk]

☆ The Day After That
☆ Crisis Apparition
☆ Hating the Player, Hating the Game

"If Drinking Songs had a more minimal acoustic approach to deal with the growing pains of self-harm and depression. It's tragic either way."
Døves - ULTRACLUB4K
48.
56
[Trance, Trap, Experimental Hip Hop]

☆ Ultraclub4k

"The only trap in 2020 that matters."
Thumbscrew - The Anthony Braxton Project
49.
67
[Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz]
King Krule - Man Alive!
50.
65
[Art Rock, Post-Punk]

☆ Cellular
☆ Alone, Omen 3
☆ Stoned Again

"My ass itches."
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2mo
my ass itches
5mo
Dean Blunt is the perfect artist for rainy days. :)
6mo
I really like that edit, very good job John!
8mo
shit i was about to comment "first" but nvm >:/
9mo
I agree. I was thinking about the albums we both rate, but seeing the whole picture I don't feel the same. Also when you rate so much albums, the average tend to stabilize around 6, so it's cool. Glad you're founding good records so far!
9mo
@vicxfb I don't think I'm more indulgent this year, the average score is actually lower than the low 60s of last year. I guess it seems that way cause of the great records that stick out. Also the fact that the lowest ratings aren't THAT low. Regardless, I think I'd much rather prefer enjoying more, it's fun talking about great albums!
9mo
It's me or you're a being a little bit more indulgent this year? Nice reviews as always, anyways :)
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