Mixtape #63 : Best Albums of 2021

by 5:4

Happy New Year!

i want to begin 2022 by saying a bigger THANK YOU than usual to all of you who have actively supported and followed 5:4 during the last year, most of all my faithful band of Patrons. While 2021 isn’t a year i’m sorry to see the back of, i’m happy to linger a while longer to revel in the best of its music. In keeping with 5:4 tradition, the new year mixtape is a celebration of the Best Albums of 2021, featuring one track from each entry in the list. Links to buy all of the albums can be found via the last two days’ articles.

Here’s the tracklisting in full, together with the approximate start time for each track; as always, the mixtape can be downloaded or streamed.

  • 00:00:00 Natasha Barrett – Involuntary Expression [excerpt] (from Leap Seconds)
  • 00:03:09 Beth McDonald – saturday [excerpt] (from densing)
  • 00:08:36 Clint McCallum – Shut Open [excerpt] (from Ethereality)
  • 00:12:54 Ülo Krigul – Vesi ise [excerpt] (from New Estonian Choral Music)
  • 00:19:12 Sleigh Bells – An Acre Lost (from Texis)
  • 00:22:25 David Dunn – Verdant [excerpt] (from Verdant)
  • 00:26:56 Enno Poppe – Filz – I [excerpt] (from Filz)
  • 00:31:50 Gordon Kampe – Idyll (from DARK LUX)
  • 00:34:47 Olga Neuwirth – Aello – Ballet Mécanomorphe – I (from The Brandenburg Project)
  • 00:39:49 Xiaogang Ye – The Brilliance of Western Liang [excerpt] (from Winter)
  • 00:44:43 Rachika Nayar – Aurobindo [excerpt] (from Our Hands Against The Dusk)
  • 00:50:31 Sóley – Parasite (from Mother Melancholia)
  • 00:53:54 Wolfgang Mitterer – temple (from Temp Tracks)
  • 00:58:14 Ryoji Ikeda – test pattern (2008–17) [excerpt] (from Music for Installations vol.1)
  • 01:03:09 Danz CM – Don’t Stop (from The Absurdity Of Human Existence)
  • 01:06:27 Sunken Foal – The Medium is the Masseuse [excerpt] (from Two Moon Junction)
  • 01:10:44 Juhani Silvola – Five Failures in Representing our True Nature [excerpt] (from The Slow Smokeless Burning of Decay)
  • 01:15:39 J. Peter Schwalm & Markus Reuter – Abbau [excerpt] (from Aufbruch)
  • 01:20:38 Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson – SVEIFLA [excerpt] (from Caeli)
  • 01:25:49 Patrick Ascione – Ascionerie no 6: Fantaisie diabolique [excerpt] (from Figures de son)
  • 01:30:47 irr. app. (ext.) – Exhausted Bee [excerpt] (from Exhausted Bee)
  • 01:36:18 Marina – Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land (from Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land)
  • 01:39:41 Lauren Sarah Hayes – B [excerpt] (from Mini Savior Opt.)
  • 01:45:18 Aya – tailwind (from im hole)
  • 01:49:41 Lotic – Oblivious (from Water)
  • 01:56:17 Rohan Drape & Anthony Pateras – Distance bestows then takes right back [excerpt] (from The traces of a mistake, the most simple one possible the reactions of even younger children)
  • 02:02:06 Marcin Stańczyk – Blind Walk [excerpt] (from Mosaïque)
  • 02:06:53 Paul Obermayer – splitting [excerpt] (from splitting)
  • 02:12:37 Aleksandra Gryka – einerjedeneither [excerpt] (from Interialcell)
  • 02:19:04 Clara Iannotta – MOULT [excerpt] (from MOULT)


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