Anguish – Anguish
The album is the epitome of this genre fusion, perhaps the best one to come out of it yet—more certainly the best one I know—swaying between experimental jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and electronic, noise passages. A must!
Poline Renou, Matthieu Donarier et Sylvain Lemêtre – Adieu mes très belles
Adieu mes très belles assembles contemporary compositions with traditional folksongs and improvisation techniques. The result is à cheval between avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music, as well as folk music.
Noise Trail Immersion – Symbology of Shelter
Most of the time, it’s a gem of dissonant black metal, but, at some key points, the stochastic nature of mathcore barges in and create a surprising turn of events. This is a wonderful release.
Saint Sadrill – Pierrefilant
I expected the album to be good, just not to be completely blown away by it; which is what happened. The album is pretty massive, at over an hour, but never feels tired or boring. New musical ideas keep coming and refreshing themselves, up until the very last moments of the twenty-minute finale, “Happy Humans”. Pierrefilant might just be one of the best albums of the year.