20 Overlooked Albums of 2009

I know, I know – this is such a tease!!! And you did not read the subject of this article wrong – it does indeed say 2009! Just hang on for a few more days and we’ll release Headphone Commute’s best of 2010. I swore to not announce my favorites until the actual end of the year. But it will be worth the wait, I promise! I spent countless hours pouring over the music of this year in order to bring you the best of the best… But until then, I want to do a mini flash back to 2009, and give a quick rundown of 20 overlooked albums… These are some of the releases that I have discovered later this year, _after_ the publication of Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009. And because I enjoyed all of the below immensely, it’s only fair that I give them the proper attention they deserve…

(entries are listed in alphabetical order by artist. links point to album reviews on headphone commute)

Arc of Doves – Impressions (Quietus)
Asher – Miniatures (Sourdine) [ REVIEW ]
Cell – Hanging Masses (Ultimae) [ REVIEW ]
Christopher Hipgrave – Day (Home Normal)
Frank Riggio – Anamorphose (Spectraliquid) [ REVIEW ]
The Gaslamp Killer – My Troubled Mind (Brainfeeder)
Ian Hawgood – Snow Roads (Dragon’s Eye)
Jamie Drouin – A Three Month Warm Up (Dragon’s Eye)
Kelpe – Cambio Wechsel (D.C. Recordings) [ REVIEW ]
Max Richter – Henry May Long (OST) (Mute)

Onra – 1.0.8 (Favorite)
Paul Fiocco – Torsions And Drifts (Meupe)
Ruxpin – Where Do We Float From Here? (n5MD) [ REVIEW ]
The Seasons – Undone (City Centre Offices)
Sleeping Me – Lamenter (Phantom Channel) [ REVIEW ]
Svarte Greiner – Kappe (Type)
The Village Orchestra – I Can Hear The Sirens Singing Again (Highpoint Lowlife)
Wes Willenbring – Close, But Not Too Close (Hidden Shoal)
William Basinski – Vivian & Ondine (2062)
World’s End Girlfriend – 空気人形 [Air Doll OST] (Human Highway)

And one more time, I’d like to remind you to CAST YOUR VOTE in our Reader’s Best of 2010 Selections!