Favorite 2021 albums recommendation 📀🎶

I sometimes experince anxiety about music overproduction and myself being unable to grasp the most amazing compositions out there. 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 / ambient music. I was looking for compositional sophistication, emotional depth and transformational potential for my life. I tried to instill these values 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.)

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 is like a miracle and belongs to the most intimate ambient albums I have ever heard.

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

  • This was a self-confronting journey. I experienced 90-minute slow-growing HD electronic modern orchestral ride into the technological future of life with space and desert. I also see this as Murcof’s biggest magnum opus so far.

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 been before. How Do You Live is precise, imaginative, wild and vivid 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 journey and deep ambient meditation with psychedelic saxophone solos and amazingly soundscaped orchestra. Beautiful surprise.

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 is humble and monumental, it works with interesting contemplative combination of beautiful strangely pitched chorale and orchestra.

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė – Saudade

  • A real contemporary orchestral work. Amazing deep listening journey. I was blown away especially by “Chairoscuro Trilogy”.

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

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