Thisquietarmy – Vessels [2011, Aurora Borealis]

Somehow this one skipped my radar during 2011 but thankfully found its way to my playlist this weekend and what a treat this was! After looking into him I realised there is more to be discovered about Eric Quach aka thisquietarmy but seems like ‘Vessels’ was the best place to start. With a naval theme throughout the album and having his guitar drones as the backbone for it, he creates an interesting listen which leaps from tranquille moments of subtle synthwork and lazy percussions (the quiet seascape at dusk waiting for the sun to hide behind the horizon) to blasts of sonic energy with all three ingredients being overused and abused only to leave the listener with powerful orchestrations filling the room soon after the initial force of impact has settled in (brutal currents and waves crushing on the same shores that felt comforting and safe just moments ago).  Highly recommended

Watch: Experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson doing his thing

Great videos of experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson doing his thing in a series done for ‘La Blogotheque‘. His entirely instrumental saxophone album ‘New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges‘ was a personal favorite jazz record of 2011. If you like what you see check out the album!

Colin Stetson: “Red Horse (Judges II)” / “In Love and In Justice”.

Colin Stetson: “Awake on Foreign Shores” / “Judges”.

Roly Porter – Aftertime [2011, Subtext]

One that probably should have made it onto my best of 2011 list just for sake of originality alone. Huge release by Porter (one half of the Bristol dubstep duo Vex’d) after taking some time off under-impressed with the state of the catch-all genre tag he had been playing a large role in evolving. In this solo debut he carves into uncharted territory with hugely atmospheric ambient passages offering some breathing room a midst downright heavy and explosive soundscapes bringing a great flow to the album. An absolutely engrossing listen I keep coming back to time and time again.

psontis’ favourite releases for 2011

In no particular order,they all stayed on the platter for much longer than anything else this past year, from the beautiful and soothing melodies of Deaf Center to the brutal beat incorporations of Machine Code, the repetitive thumps of Miles and Swanson lingering on the verge of techno and many more…read on, look them up, give them a listen…enjoy!

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joostdb’s Top 10 Releases of 2011

In no particular order my favorite releases of the year. For each release a standout track has been selected that can be streamed. If you like what you hear, support the artists!

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