Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009 : Music For Crawling Through Abandoned Cities

24Dec09

Abandoned places and desolate spaces, covered with rain, snow and ash, wrapped in a blanket of white noise and pulsating bass, somewhat metallic, chilly and wet. These are the images for these sounds for these places of my mind. Something is trembling with the beat of my heart. Tick-tock. Time rewinds to the mid nineties, and I’m back in Berlin, and Moritz Von Oswald is cutting the wax with his Basic Channel imprint. Fast forward, and I’m immersed in the DeepChord sounds of Rod Modell and Mike Schommer. Flip to the present, and I am crawling among the empty streets of Detroit, which is slowly receding into the concrete cobwebs with the collapse of the American auto industry. These events may come and go, in an endless cycle of oceanic waves. But the music stays with us. Always.

(entries are listed in alphabetical order by artist. links point to album reviews on headphone commute)
Brock Van Wey – White Clouds Drift On And On (echospace [detroit]) [ REVIEW ]
Fluxion – Constant Limber (Resopal Schallware)
Intrusion – The Seduction of Silence (echospace [detroit]) [ REVIEW ] [ INTERVIEW ]
Luke Hess – Light In The Dark (Echocord)
Monolake – Silence (Imbalance Computer Music) [ REVIEW ] [ INTERVIEW ]
Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Vertical Ascent (Honest Jon’s)
Quantec – Cauldron Subsidence (Echocord)
Vladislav Delay – Tummaa (Leaf) [ REVIEW ] [ INTERVIEW ]
worriedaboutsatan – Arrivals (Gizeh)
Yagya – Rigning (Sending Orbs) [ REVIEW ] [ INTERVIEW ]

See more favorite selections on Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009



2 Responses to “Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009 : Music For Crawling Through Abandoned Cities”

  1. 1 Alex

    What do you think about the new Johann Johannsson for this list? And in the endless pause there came the sound of bees. I’ve been an evangelist for this album for the past few weeks. Love all the albums everywhere though. Well done as always.

    • Hey Alex. I absolutely love Jóhann Jóhannsson! His latest “And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees” was picked up by Type Records but was actually released earlier this year as a mini-album. Since it was not a full length release, I did not consider it for these lists, HOWEVER… I did review it in my 20 Favorite EPs of 2009… So overall it definitely got the attention it deserves!



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