Posted on December 09 2021
Time for our end of the year round up blogs, first up is the albums of the year. Presented here are the top ten albums that were on repeat play at Nightfly Records in 2021.
Nightfly Records – Albums Of The Year - 2021
10. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Invisible Cities (Lumiere Noire)
More haunting electronic ambient, classical pathways from Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie. Moving, emotional music without cliché, another elegiac beauty from AWVFTS.
9. Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray – Leave The Bones (Anjunadeep)
Electronic producer Joseph Ray brings nine-piece Haitian band Lakou Mizik to our attention with Creole sung songs that are emotive and passionate, political and spiritual. Traditional instruments with electronic textures and beats, it stays with you.
8. Eydis Evensen – Bylur (XXIM Records)
The Icelandic pianist delivers a gentle understated modern classical record for meditative reflection, a balm for these challenging times. This needs and deserves a vinyl release please.
7. Para One – SPECTRE: Machines Of Loving Grace (WRWTFWW Records)
French producer Jean Baptiste de Laubier takes you on a mystical journey of funk breaks, ambient electronica, Japanese anime, Indonesian drums, gamelan and techno with challenging but devastating effect.
6. Loscil – Clara (Kranky)
Another hypnotic electronic masterwork from the Canadian Scott Morgan. The atmosphere here is so thick you can almost suffocate, trance music in the proper sense. Majestic and sombre.
5. Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O – Umdali (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)
Reverent jazz from South African trombonist and pianist Malcolm Jiyane, spiritual mood pieces, inspired improvisations and funky soulful vibes.
4. Ducks Ltd – Modern Fiction (Carpark Records)
Sounds like songs played by The Wedding Present and sung by The Feelies. 80’s style jangle and indie melodies to die for, terrific album that got played and played here. Ear worm warning, these songs will stay in your head for days.
3. Fruit Bats – The Pet Parade (Merge Records)
Reflective and bittersweet Americana, heart breaking melodies and superb song craft. I was introduced to Eric D. Johnson this year (thanks Bobby!) and his fabulous back catalogue has been on rotation all year.
2. Balmorhea – The Wind (Deutsche Grammophon)
Delicate neo classical beauty, pastoral, warm and enveloping. By turns melancholic and introspective whilst staying uplifting and majestic. Transcendent.
1. Bremer McCoy – Natten (Luaka Bop)
Atmospheric jazz with electronic textures from the Danish duo. This album is all about the space between the notes and the gorgeous swirling melodies. This album is for the Spring seeing nature come alive or the Summer lying on your back admiring the clouds or the Autumn watching the nights draw in or the Winter walking in crisp air. A quiet masterpiece.
I have included a playlist below for your discovery.
Thanks For Calling!
David – Nightfly Records