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Collars – Tracoma

Over 44 minutes this instrumental post-metal release manages to be individual, familiar, comforting and unnerving and that truly is a mighty accomplishment.

Daufødt – 1000 Island

1000 Island is a highly recommended album and although not quite a tonic to this year from hell, surely the energy boost needed to not take it lying down, to get up and scream in condemnation, in disbelief or just in sheer frustration.

Touché Amoré – Lament

Whilst I had some minor misgivings about it, Lament is still the best post-hardcore album that 2020 has given us, and it sees Touché Amoré maintain their status as the best post-hardcore band in the world.

Ayreon – Transitus

Transitus is one hell of a ride that Arjen has unleashed.

Jealous of the Birds – Peninsula

Peninsula is a quality collection of smart, well written songs crossing multiple genres, imbued with fine melodies from start to finish. One to watch!

LACITTÀDOLENTE – Salespeople

There’s promise here, but this mathcore Milan quartet are still very much finding their feet on their debut LP.

Takuya Kuroda – Fly Moon Die Soon

Fly Moon Die Soon is an album that seems to go by the maxim – if it sounds this good, bring it on!

Sumac – May You Be Held

Sumac push the boundaries of its previous albums even further. There is more heavy and more improvisation, this is truly unique, but won’t quell the sea of doubters.

Reigns – The Walled Garden

A pastoral calm beset by aural hallucinations The Walled Garden is a weird and hidden treasure

The Flaming Lips – American Head

I can unequivocally say that American Head is the finest album The Flaming Lips have recorded and is completely and utterly vital to get you through this shit show called life.

MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell

It is music for the current age, a minor key masterpiece that may just become your soundtrack for this pandemic.

Dynfari – Myrkurs er þörf

An impressive atmospheric black metal album from the Icelandic mainstays, unfortunately hampered by poor production throughout.

Ed Harcourt – Monochrome To Colour

Where the world is seeming to shrink, this record expands. Where we become more isolated, this album both empathises and reaches out to include.

Joshua Van Tassel – Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion

Joshua van Tassel’s Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion is that type of an album that you just keep on pressing the repeat button on and on. Particularly very, very late at night.

Folk Devils – Forever EP

The reformed swampy Folk/Punk Blues outfit Folk Devils first new material in 35 years.

Mark Vickness – Interconnected

Vickness and other musicians try to show that there are so many points where different musical styles and concepts overlap and have something in common. Luckily for all, they are able to prove their point with ease.

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