Here are 15 of the top 10 releases from 2012.
The usual rubric still obtains - these are 15 of the top 10. Ten is too few, and the margin for error is lessened a little bit by expanding things, I hope. They're in alphabetical order so as to avoid any other kind of ranking. Likewise, I would eschew the potential hubris of trying to claim any kind of critical acumen here - as ever, these are recordings that I've returned to again and again as a listener, and recordings that I feel reward repeated listening.
When I first sat down to make my usual list of things I've been listening and enjoying my way through, I was a little taken aback to notice just how many of my initial listings were reissues [the exquisite vinyl represses/reissues of Biosphere's "Substrata," and William Basinski's "Disintegration Loops"] or box sets/collections [the complete reissue of all studio recordings by Roxy Music and The Books, Andras Schiff's new recording of "The Well-Tempered Clavier" and Stephen Wilson's work on "Larks' Tongues in Aspic."
As I hope this list suggests, while those exquisite slices of the recontextualized past did, indeed, camp out on my audio system and exert a modest amount of dominance on RTQE, they weren't alone. Here are some more.
happy holidays to you all. I wish you peace.
|Wil Bolton||Under A Name That Hides Her||Hibernate|
|Can||The Lost Tapes||Mute|
|Peter Cusack||Sounds From Dangerous Places||ReR Megacorp|
|Elephant9 with Reiner Fiske||Atlantis||Rune Grammofon|
|En||Already Gone||Students of Decay|
|Eyvind Kang||The Narrow Garden||Ipecac|
|Jason Lescalleet||Songs About Nothing||Erstwhile|
|Marconi Union||Weightless||Just Music|
|Polica||Give You The Ghost||Really Gross National Product|
|Shackelton||The Drawbar Organ EPs||Woe To The Septic Heart!|
|Richard Skelton||Verses of Birds||Corbel Stone Press|
|Laurie Spiegel||The Expanding Universe||Unseen Worlds|
|Stian Westerhus||The Matriarch and The Wrong Kind of Flowers||Rune Grammofon|