Sixteen Albums From 2011

It might not have been as good a year musically as 2010, but there were plenty of records we loved over the last 12 months. Modesty prevents us from including My Fantoms, so here are the rest:

The Advisory Circle – As The Crow Flies (Ghost Box)
The High Llamas – Talahomi Way (Drag City)
J Mascis – Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop)
Battles – Gloss Drop (Warp)
Giorgio Tuma – In The Morning We’ll Meet (Elefant)
James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual (Hippos In Tanks)
Testbild! – Barrikad (Kalligrammofon)
Mountains – Air Museum (Thrill Jockey)
North Sea Radio Orchestra – I A Moon (The Household Mark)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Software)
Moon Wiring Club – Clutch It Like A Gonk (Gecophonic)
Jon Brooks – Music For Thomas Carnacki (Cafe Kaput)
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
Pye Corner Audio – Black Mill Tapes Vol.2 (PCA Transcription Service)
Euros Childs – Ends (National Elf)
The Leaf Library – Different Activities, Similar Diversions (Proper Songs)

What were your picks of the year?


18 thoughts on “Sixteen Albums From 2011

  1. I love your list, Tim. Did you hear the Sandro Perri album Impossible Spaces? That’s one of my favorites of 2011.

    It’s so nice to see Talahomi Way on someone’s list as well.

    • Talahomi Way is an absolute peach – it seemed a low-key release at first but its charms grew and grew on me. I haven’t listened to the Sandro Perri album – will have to check it out!

  2. Oh! Here’s a band of which I learned this year: Mooncake, intrumental from Russia. Go to and click on Music to stream this year’s and their previous albums…and then of course, buy if you like! 🙂

    One more from Russia, a little louder: Reka,

    Last one from Russia: doom band Ea. Their novelty is that their lyrics are in Akkadian; even with that aside, they’re a pleasant blend of soft choral music and death metal. Their 2011 third album Au Ellai is in its entirety at

    Another favorite, Recitation, the latest from Envy, from Japan. There is no one else like them: delicate, beautiful, blaring, brutal, pensive–often in the same song. Haven’t found it streaming anywhere, but individual tracks are on YouTube, like OK, this album came out in October 2010–is that close enough?

  3. OK, last comment (I think): Of the albums you listed, now that I’ve checked them out, the only one that holds a candle to My Fantoms is the J Mascis. A candlllllllle! HK60s was definitely one of the best of the year, and you kids have a distinctive style and knack for songwriting that I hope more people will come to enjoy as they are exposed to it. Have any releases planned for this year? (Remixes don’t count! ;p )

    • Thank you so much for your support, Jerry! You’ll be pleased to know we’re currently recording an EP and have started writing album number two…

      • Yay! I’ll be on the lookout for when you guys make your first tour of America. When you hit southern California, you’ll have a crash pad available if you’d like–as long as none of you is allergic to our cats 🙂

  4. Nice list, containing many of my own favourites from this year. It is pleasing to see both Testbild! and Euros Childs on here. I can’t remember where but a few months ago I read that Katja, from Testbild!, was inspired to write the lyrics to the song ‘Wales’ by her love of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.

    • Yeah, I love the Euros album! Haven’t seen him play live for ages – I need to rectify that. And it’s very nice to see another fan of Testbild!.

    • Hooray, thanks for including us! It’s been so heartening to see My Fantoms appearing in one or two end-of-year lists. I guarantee the next album will appear in even more!

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