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The 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far

As we head into a brief summer publication break to enjoy the summer sun for a few days, it's the perfect time to take stock of the year in music so far. PopMatters returns to our normal publishing schedule on Monday, 8 July.

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The 25 Best Electronic Albums of 2018

Electronic music is one of the broadest-reaching genres by design, and 2018 highlights that as well as any other year on record. These are the 25 best albums.

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Tim Hecker Explores the Negative Space with 'Konoyo'

While carrying over many of the practices of his previous record, Tim Hecker shifts his perspective away from the dreamscapes of Love Streams and explores a darker spiritual realm on Konoyo.

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Lawrence English: Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English's Cruel Optimism is a noise-ambient gem and a work of pained beauty.

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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016

Electronic music is one of the broadest-reaching genres by design, and 2016 highlights that as well as any other year on record.

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Tim Hecker - "Black Phase" (Singles Going Steady)

Tim Hecker is back with a new album, and he's brought all of his dark, ambient soundscapes to the table once more with "Black Phase".

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Tim Hecker - "Castrati Stack" (Singles Going Steady)

"Castrati Stack", the latest from electro-ambient artist Tim Hecker, is a sonic pool that merges many ideations of "stream" together.

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The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.

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The Best Electronic Music of 2013

Above all, 2013 was a year when electronic music's cream of the crop did what they do best and left no one wanting for more.

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Taking It All In: The Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 (Friday)

The first day of Pitchfork delivered a broad sampling of genres from art rock to hip-hop and was capped by a surprisingly muscular set from Feist.

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Party Machine: The Rise of Canadian Electronic Music

If Toronto is having a Seattle moment, as The New York Times called it, it's fair to say that Canadian electronic music is having a Chicago/Detroit moment.

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Destroyer: Archer on the Beach

Destroyer briefly resurfaces with a two-song EP that features ambient background music and some very meta lyrics. It may be the weirdest thing Dan Bejar has done so far.

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Tim Hecker: An Imaginary Country

After the gut-busting emotional hurricane of Harmony in Ultraviolet, An Imaginary Country is a much-needed breather, favoring rich stasis and Zen-like serenity over topsy-turvy drama.

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Tim Hecker: Norberg

Hecker's latest sounds far too isolated, and beautiful, to have been played live in front of a crowd.


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