⭐TOP 50 NUGGETS OF 2020⭐

It is with pride, emotion, solemnity and a stomach full of confetti of all whimsical colors that I finally present you my list of the 50 best albums of 2020 (+ 10 honorable mentions for the gourmands) which, I hope, will enchant the eardrums of young and old schizoid music lovers of the small AOTY word.

2020 may have been a long and difficult year, but all those long quarantine hours stuck in my room allowed me to listen to a lot of music and expand my tastes. I have been on AOTY for almost 2 years now and although I am now much less active than before, I continue to find pleasure in writing reviews in a language that is not my own and satisfy my unquenchable thirst for music. So I wanted to take the time to thank some extraordinary users who allowed me to discover incredible new musical worlds and who really gave me faith in AOTY: @DoubleZ, @Inglume, @EarCandy, @Kuru, @Smallpeeble, @Cosmic_Hero, @EMR, @siberianbreaks, @JP2020...

It may seem obvious to some of you but if you discover beautiful things around here and if your budget allows it in these demanding economic times, encourage these wonderful artists by buying their music; whether it is in physical or digital format. :)

Spotify Playlist : https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4RLFmhqbg0RTuXKQQCOz9W?si=vK-l1MH5RAihLBqu1ErPmg

Ichiko Aoba - "Gift" at Sogetsu Hall
1.
76
🇯🇵 [Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter]

Standout: "Kokoro no Sekai ("Gift" Live Ver.)"

https://ichikoaoba.bandcamp.com/album/gift-at-sogetsu-hall
Arthur Russell - Roulette Intermedium, New York
2.
82
🇺🇸 [Art Pop, Chamber Music]

Standout: "Home Away From Home"

https://youtu.be/wap5trac1mA
Cindy Lee - Realistik Radio Vol. 5
3.
85
🇨🇦 [Hypnogagic Pop, Sound Collage]

Standout: "I'm Glad There Is You"

https://www.nts.live/shows/cindy-lee/episodes/realistik-radio-14th-november-2020
Basil Kirchin - Everyday Madness
4.
87
🇬🇧 [Sound Collage, Third Stream]

Standout: "The Suspended Forth"

https://basilkirchin.bandcamp.com/album/everyday-madness
Lionel Marchetti - Planktos
5.
86
🇫🇷 [Musique concrète, Nature Recordings]

Standout: "Nuées de diatomées"

https://lionelmarchetti.bandcamp.com/album/planktos-2015-2020-composition-de-musique-concr-te
Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald
6.
83
🇨🇭 [Atmospheric Black Metal, Nature Recordings]

Standout: "Im Winterwald"

https://paysagedhiver.bandcamp.com/album/im-wald
Tommy McGee - I'm a Stranger
8.
80
🇺🇸 [Soul, Funk]

Standout: "She's Got Me In The Pocket"

https://tommymcgee.bandcamp.com/album/im-a-stranger
Bernard Fort - FRACTALS / Brain Fever
9.
86
🇫🇷 [Musique concrète, Electroacoustic]

Standout: "Brain Fever"

https://recollectiongrm.bandcamp.com/album/fractals-brain-fever
JACK Quartet - Earthing
10.
83
🇺🇸 [Modern Classical, Chamber Music]

Standout: "You Crawl Over Seas of Granite"

https://youtu.be/N6taXmyg4d4
Helena Hauff - Kern Vol. 5
12.
83
🇩🇪 [Electro, Industrial Techno]

Standout: "Private Tyranny"

https://youtu.be/L2KJkXtA8ek
Bernard Parmegiani - Violostries
13.
83
🇫🇷 [Musique concrète, Drone]

Standout: "Violostries"

https://recollectiongrm.bandcamp.com/album/violostries
Robbie Basho - Songs of the Great Mystery
14.
80
🇺🇸 [American Primitivism, Avant-Folk]

Standout: "Night Way"
Roland Kayn - Sound-Hydra
15.
82
🇩🇪 [Electroacoustic, Drone]

Standout: "Sound-Hydra Part. 4"

https://rolandkayn.bandcamp.com/album/sound-hydra
Autechre - AE_LIVE 2016/2018
16.
84
🇬🇧 [Electronic, Experimental]

Standout: "AE_Live_Dublin_150718"

https://autechre.warp.net/release/185826-autechre-aelive-20162018
Magnus Granburg & Skogen - Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost
18.
84
🇸🇪 [Indeterminacy, Chamber Music]

Standout: "Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost"

https://anothertimbre.bandcamp.com/album/let-pass-my-weary-guiltless-ghost
Keith Rowe - an assemblage / construct for 45 voices
20.
80
🇬🇧 [Choral, Sound Collage]

Standout: "An Assemblage / Construct for 45 Voices"

https://amplify2020.bandcamp.com/album/an-assemblage-construct-for-45-voices
Mark Fell & Will Guthrie - Infoldings
21.
81
🇬🇧/🇦🇺 [Electroacoustic, Gamelan]

Standout: "Infoldings 1"

https://boomkat.com/products/infoldings-diffractions
Pharoah Sanders - Live in Paris (1975)
22.
79
🇺🇸 [Spiritual Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz]

Standout: "The Creator Has a Masterplan"

https://transversales.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-paris-1975
Neptunian Maximalism - Éons
25.
75
🇧🇪 [Avant-Garde Jazz, Drone Metal]

Standout: "Ptah Sokar Osiris"

https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ons
Toshiya Tsunoda / Taku Unami - Wovenland 2
26.
81
🇯🇵 [Musique concrète, Field Recordings]

Standout: "Jinmu-Ji Temple, Evening Cicadas"

https://erstwhilerecords.bandcamp.com/album/wovenland-2
DgoHn - Undesignated Proximate
28.
78
🇬🇧 [Drumfunk, Atmospheric Drum and Bass]

Standout: "Electryon"

https://dgohn-music.bandcamp.com/album/undesignated-proximate
Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda - gi n g a
29.
79
🇰🇵/🇯🇵 [Electroacoustic, Sound Art]

Standout: "ki sa na"

https://hasanaeditions.bandcamp.com/album/gi-n-g-a
Cocanha - Puput
30.
75
🇫🇷 [Occitan Folk Music, Polyphonic Chant]

Standout: "Cotelon"

https://pagans.bandcamp.com/album/puput
Peter Kowald - Total Music Meeting 1997 - Solo Bass
31.
80
🇩🇪 [Free Improvisation, European Free Jazz]

Standout: "Die vergessene Stadt (version 1)"

https://destination-out.bandcamp.com/album/total-music-meeting-1997-solo-bass
Graindelavoix / Björn Schmelzer - Tenebrae
32.
79
🇧🇪 [Renaissance Music, Polyphonic Chant]

Standout: "Amicus meus"

https://youtu.be/mwKlUUAD89Y
Yellow Swans - Being There
33.
77
🇺🇸 [Noise, Drone]

Standout: "Public Space"

https://yellowswans.bandcamp.com/album/being-there
Miguel Noya - Canciónes intactas
34.
76
🇻🇪 [Ambient, Progressive Electronic]

Standout: "Tactil"

https://phantomlimblabel.bandcamp.com/album/canci-nes-intactas
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi
35.
72
🇫🇮 [Avant-Garde Metal, Psychedelic Rock]

Standout: "Kuulen ääniä maan alta"

https://oranssipazuzu.bandcamp.com/album/mestarin-kynsi
Ghalia Benali, Romina Lischka, And Vincent Noiret - Call to Prayer
36.
78
🇧🇪/🇦🇹 [Arabic Classical Music, Chamber Music]

Standout: "Le Moulinet (3e livre de pièce de viole, suite No. 6 en Sol Mineur)"

https://youtu.be/ZVD_Pr3SjS4
Viper The Rapper - One Day You'll See Me Again (1999-2008)
38.
74
🇺🇸 [Cloud Rap, Southern Hip-Hop)

Standout track: "Hey, Maybe One Day You'll See Me Again"

https://dismissyourself.bandcamp.com/album/one-day-youll-see-me-again-1999-2008
Beatriz Ferreyra - Echos+
39.
78
🇦🇷 [Musique concrète, Sound Poetry]

Standout: "L'autre rive"

https://room40.bandcamp.com/album/echos
Roscoe Mitchell - Splatter
41.
79
🇺🇸 [Modern Classical, Avant-Garde Jazz]

Standout: "Breath and Pipes"

https://idischidiangelica.bandcamp.com/album/splatter
Ellen Fullman - In the Sea
44.
77
🇺🇸 [Drone, Sound Art]

Standout: "Staggered Stasis"

https://ellenfullman-sv.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-sea
Roza Terenzi - Modern Bliss
45.
76
🇦🇺 [Outsider House, Progressive House]

Standout: "Elevate"

https://planeteuphorique.bandcamp.com/album/modern-bliss
Carl Finlow - Apparatus
46.
78
🇬🇧 [Electro, Industrial Techno]

Standout: "Carbon Deposits"

https://carlfinlow.bandcamp.com/album/vis317-apparatus-2
Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus
47.
75
🇩🇪 [Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal]

Standout: "Propelled Into Sacrilege"

https://defeatedsanity.bandcamp.com/album/the-sanguinary-impetus
Liza Lim - Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus
48.
76
🇦🇺 [Modern Classical, Microtonal Classical]

Standout: "Songs Found in Dream"

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mXnESgCnjapa5I_ml-Pet2JUIflVWArhk
YUKIKA - Soul Lady
50.
68
🇰🇷 [K-Pop, City Pop]

Standout: "서울여자"

https://youtu.be/U-7TFSns9OM
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4mo
How did you digest the confetti? But seriously, very interesting selections. So few I had the chance to experience myself, and many I would love to experience at some point based on your list. Thanks for sharing and I'm always happy to see anything with your name on it!
4mo
Cette liste est juste incroyable, quel travail ! Merci pour ça, merci de pousser des artistes obscures aussi talentueux ! Il y a beaucoup d albums que je dois écouter, tu m as donné du travail pour ce début d année haha ! Continue à illuminer AOTY avec tes reviews toujours aussi passionnantes que fantastiques ! Et J espère qu on aura l’occasion de se rencontrer en 2021 ! (:
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