Best of 2020 Day 9: Albums That Defined My Year

In recent years I have added this additional, more personal category to my year-end lists. The idea is to include albums I fell in love with over the past year, but which were released sometime beforehand. This is meant to act as a list of recommendations for those people who generally share my taste in music. It do not wish to include any reviews of the music below. It is also not ranked, obviously, and I have tried to order it chronologically by when in the year I immersed myself in each album/EP.

I do not have to have actually purchased the music in question during 2019; the only exclusive rule for this list’s content is that the music was not released in 2019. So for example, I got Mogwai’s Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will when it came out, but I returned to it a lot in April for some reason.

Albums That Defined My Year

吉村弘 – Music for Nine Post Cards

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

The Hotelier – It Never Goes Out

World’s End Girlfriend – Farewell Kingdom

Zwan – Mary Star of the Sea

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

RADWIMPS – RADWIMPS 3 ~無人島に持っていき忘れた一枚~

Baths – Pop Music / False B-Sides

Agraph – A Day, Phases

Autechre – L-Event

Agraph – Equal

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

RADWIMPS – RADWIMPS 4 ~おかずのごはん~

Agraph – The Shader

Toe – The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – マジックディスク

The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2

The Appleseed Cast – Middle States

Toe – For Long Tomorrow

AFX – Chosen Lords

Placebo – Black Market Music

Final Fantasy X Original Soundtrack

Tycho – Past is Prologue

Nonlocal Forecast – Bubble Universe!

Thanks for reading! I will return with our regularly scheduled Ambient / Drone album reviews soon.

By Isak McCune

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