Mixtape #59 : Best Albums of 2020

by 5:4

A very Happy New Year to you all!

As always, i want to begin 2021 by thanking all of you around the world who have followed and supported 5:4 during the last year, most especially and above all to my growing number of esteemed and beloved Patrons. i don’t think many of us want to linger too much with memories of 2020, but it’s worth spending a little longer with its musical highlights. So, following on from my Best Albums of 2020 list, here’s the new 5:4 mixtape featuring one track from each of those 40 albums, which will testify to the fact that not everything about last year was terrible. Quite the opposite!

Considering how outstanding each of these albums is, it’s sometimes difficult to choose a representative track from each of them, so if you like something you hear, go further and check them out in their entirety. Links to buy all of the albums can be found in the previous two days’ articles. Here’s the tracklisting in full, together with the approximate start time for each track in the mix. As usual, the mixtape can be downloaded or streamed.

  • 00:00:00 Marina Kaye – Scream (from Twisted)
  • 00:03:51 Tõnu Kõrvits – II. To C. From C. (from You Are Light and Morning)
  • 00:10:20 Páll Ragnar Pálsson – Lucidity [excerpt] (from Atonement)
  • 00:16:12 Jennifer Walshe – Giovanni Da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli, Agnus Dei I (from A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1: Ancient to Renaissance)
  • 00:19:38 Ulver – Little Boy (from Flowers of Evil)
  • 00:24:51 Greg Reason – Glistening (from Dreams of Winter Snow)
  • 00:28:23 Giona Vinti – La Quiete prima della Catastrofe (from Niente è Vero, Tutto è Permesso)
  • 00:35:05 Liquid Transmitter – Meander 4 (from Meander)
  • 00:39:20 Deborah Walker – Pharus Novae [excerpt] (from Starflux)
  • 00:44:11 Zeynep Gedizlioğlu – Verbinden und Abwenden – III (from Verbinden und Abwenden)
  • 00:49:11 Bára Gísladóttir – fists clenched (from HĪBER)
  • 00:52:35 Sophie Tassignon – Witches (from Mysteries Unfold)
  • 00:57:14 Kevin Gironnay & Julien Vincenot – I woke up because the Earth was shaking (from Neglected Auguries)
  • 01:04:16 Erkki-Sven Tüür – Synergie [excerpt] (from Lost Prayers)
  • 01:08:54 Autechre – esc desc (from SIGN)
  • 01:13:08 Justė Janulytė – Plonge [excerpt] (from Baltikum)
  • 01:20:20 Tristan Perich – Drift Multiply: Section 6 (from Drift Multiply)
  • 01:25:15 James Tenney – Harmonium #2 – for Lou Harrison [excerpt] (from Acoustic Phenomena/Hymnic Sounds)
  • 01:31:50 Jónsi – Sumarið sem aldrei kom (from Shiver)
  • 01:38:26 Somatic Responses – Bounty Hunter (from Explorer // Stayin’ home vol 2)
  • 01:43:06 Joeri Chipsvingers – Spitante Raveteef (from De Avonturen van Joeri Chipsvingers)
  • 01:48:10 Olga Neuwirth – Remnants of Songs… An Amphigory – IV. Sils Maria (from …miramondo multiplo…)
  • 01:52:15 Andrew Leslie Hooker & Nick Janczak – Black Earth / Red Earth [excerpt] (from Black Earth / Red Earth)
  • 01:58:06 The Bug ft. Dis Fig – Blood (from In Blue)
  • 02:01:38 Chris Watson – Notes from the Forest Floor [excerpt] (from Notes from the Forest Floor / Line of Parts)
  • 02:07:07 Purity Ring – Stardew (from Womb)
  • 02:10:47 Andrew Liles – Voices In Darkness [excerpt] (from ENTRIES OF CONFUSION)
  • 02:16:36 Cyrillus Kreek – Paabeli jõgede kaldail / By the rivers of Babylon (Psalm 137) (from The Suspended Harp of Babel)
  • 02:21:37 Joel Lavoie – Marche irréfléchie [excerpt] (from Souvenir.)
  • 02:28:58 Rebecca Saunders – Alba [excerpt] (from Musica Viva Vol. 35)
  • 02:33:57 Fassine – Everyone Is Guilty To Me (from Forge)
  • 02:38:40 Adam Janota Bzowski – Revelation (from Saint Maud (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack))
  • 02:42:57 Gunnar Geisse – Piano Concerto – II. 3 (from TRIPTYCH)
  • 02:46:43 Lars Petter Hagen – Lament – III. Lament (from Lament)
  • 02:52:56 Nokuit – Live at Cafe OTO [excerpt] (from Live at Cafe OTO)
  • 02:58:09 Catherine Lamb – Prisma Interius VIII [excerpt] (from Prisma Interius VII & VIII)
  • 03:03:04 Katie Gately – Tower (from Loom)
  • 03:08:51 irr. app. (ext.) – Nocturnal Emissaries [excerpt] (from Nocturnal Emissaries)
  • 03:15:16 Clara Iannotta – Earthing – Dead Wasps (Obituary) [excerpt] (from Earthing)
  • 03:22:28 Witch ‘n’ Monk – Escarbando (from Witch ‘n’ Monk)



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