mardi 1 février 2011

TOP 10 CD in EM for 2010

Here is the difficult moment to establish the list of 2010’s bests. I find the principle a bit arbitrary, but I consider that it’s one of the good ways to guide those who ventures into the wonderful world of EM. There were superb albums produced in 2010. Albums which are fabulous odes to Berlin School style and more striking ones which exceed the borders of the Berlin School style. EM is constantly evolving and it’s no surprise that more contemporary and progressive albums are legions. This said, 2010 saw hatch a variety of styles, as well as the revival of the great Schulze, with a pleiad of albums which softly brush genial music.
So, here is a very personal list of my 2010 faves.

1 AWENSEN – Wizard
This is the reason why I’m late with my Top list. I heard so many good things about this album that I have to listen to it before letting out my list. And the wait was well worth it. It’s an excellent album filled with atmospheres and analog tones. There is a lot of work in this small jewel.

2 MICHAEL NEIL & GRAHAM GETTY - Retrochet
Magnificent and melodious, he is as excellent as Awensen. It’s a very beautiful album of retro Berlin School.

3 KLAUS SCHULZE- Big in Japan
Totally fabulous! The return of the master with a magnificent CD / DVD box set which makes us relives the oniric Crystal Lake.

4 PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Fairy Marsh Districts/Music For Sunken Monasteries & Castle Moats
Dark and mad, Fairy Marsh Districts confirms the plentiful talent of Thorsten Quaeschning’s gang.

5 ARC – Church
Dark and mysterious. An album filled with nocturnal atmospheres which keep awake the most exhausted of all and Veil is rockin’ the night away.

6 CALLISTO – NYX
Powerful and bestial, a little as if Arc had invaded this magnificent duet which was at the origin of the very melodious Signal to the Stars.

7 MORPHEUSZ - Days of Delirium & Nocturnal NightMares
Let us be serious; Ron Boots with Eric and Harold van der Heijden as well as Frank Dorittke can only give an excellent result! It’s a powerful album full of new developments which is a magnificent meshing of Berlin School and progressive EM.

8 GERT EMMENS – Metamorphosis
Released from his ambitious project; Nearest Faraway Place, Gert Emmens offers us a surprising introspective musical journey.

9 BERND KISTENMACHER - Beyond the Deep
When the romance meets synths, that gives a delicious album where the harmony reigns in an electronic universe.

10 INDRA - Bagalamukhi
Always so poetic and oniric, Bagalamukhi is one of the best album offers by Indra in this audacious series that is Trantic Celebration.

Because I have to pick only 10, there go special mentions to:
11 AXESS- Fusion
12 BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHONWALDER - Repelen 3
13 SYNDROMEDA & VON HAULSHOVEN - The Second Intelligent Lifeform
14 POLLARD/ DANIEL/ BOOTH - Vol. 2 (Hampshire Jam 8)
15 CREATE – WeLive by the Machines

Best 3 ambient albums:
THE GLIMMER ROOM – I Remain
STEVE ROACH - Live at Grace Cathedral
STEVE ROACH - Sight of Ages

Best 3 melodious EM albums:
ERIC G – Illusions
ROBERT SCHROEDER – Cream
NATTEFROST - Dying Sun, Scarlet Moon

Best 3 contemporary EM albums:
ALIO DIE & PARALLEL WORLDS - Circo Divino
INTERCONNECTED – Current Flows
BRIAN ENO - Small Craft on a Milk Sea

Best DVD:
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHONWALDER - In Repelen

Best re editions & Compilations albums:
IAN BODDY – Pearl
REMY – Exhibitions of Dream

2010’s Discovery:
Awensen

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