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Music in 2016

2015 was a stellar year for music. 2016 was no different.

Let’s face it, everyone’s got a different taste in music and we’ve all got our own listening habits. Mine are pretty specific and mostly biased towards Australian music, if I’m honest.

Of the music I’ve listened to, released in 2016, below are my favourite albums and songs. So without further ado…

FAVOURITE ALBUMS

  1. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  2. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  3. Koi Child – Koi Child
  4. Ball Park Music – Every Night the Same Dream
  5. Matt Corby – Telluric
  6. Bon Iver22, A Million
  7. M83Junk
  8. DMA’s – Hill’s End
  9. D.D. Dumbo – Utopia Defeated
  10. Client Liaison – Diplomatic Immunity
  11. RÜFÜSBloom
  12. Violent Soho – Waco
  13. The John Steel Singers – Midnight at the Plutonium
  14. Jagwar Ma Every Now & Then
  15. Sticky Fingers – Westway (The Glitter & the Slums)
  16. Big Scary – Animal
  17. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  18. Bernard FanningCivil Dusk
  19. Glass AnimalsHow To Be A Human Being
  20. Flume Skin

FAVOURITE SONGS

  1. D.D Dumbo – “Satan”
  2. Bernard Fanning – “Belly of the Beast”
  3. Client Liaison – “World Of Our Love”
  4. Big Scary – “The Opposite Of Us”
  5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Robot Stop”
  6. Koi Child – “1-5-9”
  7. M83 – “Do It, Try It”
  8. Sticky Fingers – “Our Town”
  9. Matt Corby – “Knife Edge”
  10. DMA’S – “Too Soon”
  11. Holy Holy – “Darwinism”
  12. Bon Iver – “29 #Strafford APTS”
  13. POP CULT – “Sunday Mourning”
  14. The Avalanches – “Frankie Sinatra”
  15. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Gamma Knife”
  16. Tash Sultana – “Jungle”
  17. Alex Lahey – “Let’s Go Out”
  18. Kanye West – “Ultralight Beam”
  19. Miguel – “waves – Tame Impala remix”
  20. Sticky Fingers – “Outcast At Last”
  21. Flume – “Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)”
  22. KAYTRANADA – “TRACK UNO”
  23. Empire of the Sun – “Two Vines”
  24. M83 – “Solitude”
  25. Violent Soho – “Viceroy”
  26. Running Touch – “Courtesy Of”
  27. Harts – “Peculiar”
  28. Radiohead – “Burn the Witch”
  29. Ball Park Music – “Pariah”
  30. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
  31. Northeast Party House – “For You”
  32. Julia Jacklin – “Pool Party”
  33. D.D. Dumbo – “Walrus”
  34. Drake – “One Dance”
  35. Cass McCombs – “Cry”
  36. DZ Deathrays – “Blood On My Leather”
  37. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”
  38. The Murlocs – “Compensation”
  39. The Avalanches – “I Wish I Was A Folkstar”
  40. Gang of Youths – “Native Tongue”
  41. Cub Sport – “Come on Mess Me Up”
  42. Wild Nothing – “Whenever I”
  43. Koi Child – “Touch ‘Em”
  44. Client Liaison – “Wild Life”
  45. The Drones – “To Think That I Once Loved You”
  46. RÜFÜS – “Daylight”
  47. Hockey Dad – “So Tired”
  48. Methyl Ethel – “No. 28”
  49. Empire of the Sun – “Friends”
  50. Flume – “Smoke & Retribution (feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA)”

Album of the year – Nonagon Infinity

f2bb0e44Adrenaline-fuelled, mind-melting and interminable; Nonagon Infinity is intended to be listened to in order, on loop. It’s a grand concept and King Gizzard pull it off with incomparable success – entirely unique, as far as I know. The album opens with a steering chant, ‘Nonagon Infinity opens the door’ (also aptly laced throughout the album), before kicking off with breathless momentum. Each of the nine songs bleeds into the next, borrowing riffs and lyrics from one another along the way. With two synchronous drumming rhythms, fierce harmonica and rigorous guitars, Nonagon Infinity feels like its hurtling towards something cataclysmic, and its relentless speed can be gruelling. As you reach the album’s breakneck final track “Road Train”, you’ll be looking for a moment of respite, but King Gizzard offer none, instead seamlessly returning to the beginning and its cultish mantra: ‘Nonagon Infinity opens the door’. Appropriately, Nonagon Infinity is an insane achievement deserving of craze and worship.

Song of the year – “Satan”

This was a song I just kept coming back to. An uncomfortable listen at first but there’s something alluring about its alien-like disposition. “Satan” pulses with an uneasy beat that seems to trip over itself with looped, muted guitar thwacks that add to the exotic groove. The song flirts between the sounds of Eastern dance and straight up horror. In its rich tapestry of sounds there are harp flourishes, a chirpy bassoon warble and human screams. That’s right, you read correctly, human screams. There’s also the central instrument, D.D. Dumbo’s voice; his eccentric inflection and tone are bewitching. Appropriately he sings about seeing a UFO, on a horse in Mexico – a surreal allegory to muse about humanity’s frivolity. It’s a song that shouldn’t work but inexplicably does, and in the best way: quite simply, “Satan” feels new and there’s no better sensation.

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