It is the end of the year – and that is the time to take a look at all those innovative and great new albums that have been released this year. Some are from well known acts and some from very promising new bands/singers.
Here they are – in alphabetical order:
Asgeir – Afterglow (Iceland)
The debut album of Asgeir is one of the best and most sold in the small country’s history, the second album is often complicated after such a success. But the young singer managed it very well – by just writing another fabulous album.
Disaster in the Universe – While we are here (Norway)
For DITU it was the second album too – they changed their sound from a more electronic and dance-oriented style to good, handmade music.
Flora Cash – Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) (Sweden)
The Stockholm-based duo released a verystrong first album this year with calm and pure singer/songwriter melodies that often play in the world of melancholic-sounds.
Grapell – Crier (Sweden)
A very matured sound for a first album from swedisch duo Grapell which plays in the more silent and melancholic world.
Hajk – Hajk (Norway)
A very versatile debut album from the upcoming band from Oslo that consists of strong songwriting and unbelievable melodies like in “Somebody else”.
Misty Coast – Mista Coast (Norway)
This is what we would say the most innovative album of the year – catching up elements from the 60s, 70s, rock, prog, psych, pop and dreampop and mixing it together in their unique style that results in unstoppable grooves and melodies.
Sondre Lerche – Pleasure (Norway)
Sondre really knows what he is able to do: Pleasure is a wild mixture of electronic and acoustic sounds, breaking melodies, guitar solos and changing chords that you wouldn’t expect that way. So he creates perfect pop like “Soft feelings” or crashing guitar solos like on “Violent Game” – this gets never bored.
Strange Hellos – Chromatic (Norway)
This is what you call a “Supergroup” with a bunch of well known musicians that create a relaxed debut record in a indie-surfer-sound that has the flow of the good old guitar-bands of the 80s and 90s in it.
Susanne Sundfør – Music for people in trouble (Norway)
What can you say more about an album of Susanne Sundfør that it catches you directly and throws you in her special world of sounds and her voice. This time with a more acoustic, analogue sound – “Undercover” is a masterpiece.
Vök – Figure (Iceland)
With “Figure” we have another good debut album in this top list. The experimental synthpop-sound is very unique and makes you feel like you are standing on an iceberg at Jökulsárlón, drifting away – a perfect soundtrack for the landscapes of Iceland.