It seems over 22,000,000 songs have been added to Spotify alone this year. If one person wanted to listen to them, he would need over 200 years. Music production has experienced such an exponential growth that anyone who would say that can keep track of it, would be mistaken. Both streaming services and social networks are young technologies that can barely distinguish quality from quantity. Each of us will not discover something fundamental that he would otherwise like to know…
During this year, I sincerely tried to discover instrumental albums that falls into the genres of electronic / modern classical music. I was looking for compositional sophistication, emotional depth and transformational potential for my life. The qualities I tried to instill in my own album Ceremony, which came out this year (https://alapastel.bandcamp.com/album/ceremony). Of the about 200 albums I had the opportunity to hear, these touched me the most. (The first 5 belong to established producers, whom I have considered to be the most innovative and talented in the world for years.)
Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy
- With the honest aim of helping people to connect with themselves in the most sacred way, Music For Psychedelic Therapy belongs to the most intimate ambient albums of the year.
Clark- Playground In A Lake
- How would you feel in the world after the climate apocalypse? Clark’s latest electronic / neoclassical album manifests this so vividly that you can touch it.
Murcof – The Alias Sessions
- HD electronic 90-minute slow-growing modern orchestral experience into the technological future of life with space and desert. For the listener, this can be a self-confronting journey. In my point of view, this is Murcof’s biggest magnum opus.
Amon Tobin – How Do You Live
- It’s amazing how Amon Tobin genius has been pushing boundaries of music for 25 years. Again and again he proves to be capable of building environments like you’ve never seen before. How Do You Live is a wild visionary journey. (His another album: “Stone Giants – West Coast Love Stories” could be the most innovative songwriting I’ve heard this year)
Floating Points (with Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra) – Promises
- A deep ambient meditation with psychedelic saxophone solos and amazingly soundscaped orchestra.
Viktor Orri Árnason – Eilífur
- The Icelandic composer created a work concentrated on the human desire for eternal life. For me it feels like the secret soundtrack to the movie The Fountain, that I love. Eilífur contains an original contemplative combination of beautiful strangely pitched chorale and orchestra.
Žibuoklė Martinaitytė – Saudade
- Deep listening ambient orchestra journey of great compositional innovation with subtlety yet robustness.
Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince
- intimate album by a songwriter from Pakistan living in New York combining Pakistans, neo-classical and jazz music infiences.
Jean-Michel Jarre – Amazônia
- tribute to amazon rainforest, its nature and its tribes
Dustin O’Halloran – Silfur
- piano and violin music in pure form
Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher – Inner Symphonies
- colorful piano and violin beauty