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Best Ambient Albums of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
No individual blurbs this year, but I still wanted to get this list out. If you've followed AiMT over the years, you may know that I have covered ambient music pretty extensively/obsessively throughout the 2010s. 2016 continued to build upon the momentum the genre has gained over recent years. With more and more tape labels popping up, the new age revival continuing to flourish, legends like Eno and Suzanne Ciani reclaiming relevancy, mainstream exposure through Stranger Things and other shows and films, and music-making software and hardware becoming more affordable and accessible, 2016 could have very well been the biggest year the genre has seen in its long history. Here are the albums that took the show in my mind.

Above I've included a Spotify playlist of selections from these albums. PRO TIP: If you have trouble loading the playlist in your Spotify app, copy this link and paste it into your Spotify app's search bar.

  1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS, Vol. 13: Sunergy [RVNG Intl.]
  2. Les Halles - Transient [Not Not Fun]
  3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS [Western Vinyl]
  4. Julianna Barwick - Will [Dead Oceans]
  5. Tim Hecker - Love Streams [4AD]
  6. Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun [Warp Records]
  7. Wilson Tanner - 69 [Growing Bin Records]
  8. Percival Pembroke - Arpeggiatorworld [Genot Centre]
  9. Dedekind Cut - $uccessor (ded004) [NON]
  10. Matthewdavid's Mindflight - Trust the Glide and Guide [Leaving Records]
  11. Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita - Schaum [Faitiche]
  12. Paul Menska - Travel Memoirs [Terminal Dream]
  13. Nomad Ninja - Avond Sluimer [Nightwind Records]
  14. Inner Travels - Clear Seeing [Inner Islands]
  15. Koen Holtkamp - Voice Model [Umor-Rex]
  16. Occult Orientated Crime - Just a Clown on Crack [Dekmantel]
  17. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 OST [Lakeshore Records]
  18. Matthew Barlow - Sound Meditations [Sounds of the Dawn]
  19. Slow Attack Ensemble - Soundscapes for the Emotional-Type Listener [Mystic Roses]
  20. Huerco S. - For Those of You Who Have Never (and Also Those Who Have) [Proibito]
  21. Asher Levitas - Lit Harness [Planet Mu]
  22. Jan St. Werner - Felder (Fiepblatter Catalogue #4) [Thrill Jockey Records]
  23. Pay the Rent - Soft on Glass EP [Pay the Rent]
  24. Biosphere - Departed Glories [Smalltown Supersound]
  25. Useless - Hexa [Terminal Dream]

Armchair Backlog, 2016 Q2

I turn the page on another quarter in chill music findings.

  1. Pay the Rent - "Knaut" [White Reeves Productions]
  2. Leafy Suburbs - "L'Hermitage" [Hi Tide]
  3. Ital Itek - "A Delicate Balance" [Planet Mu]
  4. Rhythmic Theory - "Ceti Alpha" [Ancient Monarchy]
  5. Clara Hill - "Sheres" [King Britt Archives]
  6. DJ Voila - "Parc Jeanne Mance" [1080p]
  7. Mark Pritchard ft. Linda Perhacs - "You Wash My Soul" [Warp Records]
  8. Body Awareness - "Into the Light" [Not Not Fun]
  9. Tempelhof & Gigi Masin - "Komorebi" [Hell Yeah Recordings]
  10. Occult Orientated Crime - "Blue Austral" [Dekmantel]
  11. Paul Menska - "Lonely Contemplation" [Terminal Dream]
  12. Lone - "Breeze Out" [R&S Records]
  13. Huerco S. - "Hear Me Out" [Proibito Recs]
  14. Ohal - "Wintertime" [Styles Upon Styles]