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ACL 2014: Top Ten Rock, Post-Rock, Folk and Jazz

Post-rock returns with a vengeance on this year’s chart, as more than half of the entries hearken back to the golden years of not too long ago.  The consummate playing of scene stalwarts is a comfort to those who wonder

Standard Wallet

ACL 2014: Top Ten Rock, Post-Rock, Folk and Jazz

Post-rock returns with a vengeance on this year’s chart, as more than half of the entries hearken back to the golden years of not too long ago.  The consummate playing of scene stalwarts is a comfort to those who wonder

Atomos

ACL 2014: Top Ten Modern Composition

Listening again to these albums, we’re reminded of the aching beauty that graces modern composition.  From “Atomos VII” to “going backwards to recover what was left behind”, from “The Musk Ox” to “pino” to “you are not alone, dear wolf”,

Atomos

ACL 2014: Top Ten Modern Composition

Listening again to these albums, we’re reminded of the aching beauty that graces modern composition.  From “Atomos VII” to “going backwards to recover what was left behind”, from “The Musk Ox” to “pino” to “you are not alone, dear wolf”,

Shadow

ACL 2014: Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

Field recordings and soundscapes do much more than reflect the sounds of nature.  They also delve into local culture and artificial sound environments; they serve as travelogues, historical statements, and calls to political action.  An environment once captured is never

Shadow

ACL 2014: Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

Field recordings and soundscapes do much more than reflect the sounds of nature.  They also delve into local culture and artificial sound environments; they serve as travelogues, historical statements, and calls to political action.  An environment once captured is never

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ACL 2014: Top Ten Experimental

The Experimental section is our home for improvisors, alchemists, and pioneers.  These composers are never satisfied with the status quo.  They seek to push music forward, and they prefer progress to popularity.  Some may eventually receive a small amount of

SP016_Cover.indd

ACL 2014: Top Ten Experimental

The Experimental section is our home for improvisors, alchemists, and pioneers.  These composers are never satisfied with the status quo.  They seek to push music forward, and they prefer progress to popularity.  Some may eventually receive a small amount of

Becs

ACL 2014: Top Ten Electronic

Electronic music isn’t just for dancing, although there’s plenty of dance music included in our year-end list.  The list also includes childlike lullabies, dense sonic fuzz, and smooth, languid excursions.  The eclectic selection below represents a cross-section of our tastes.

Becs

ACL 2014: Top Ten Electronic

Electronic music isn’t just for dancing, although there’s plenty of dance music included in our year-end list.  The list also includes childlike lullabies, dense sonic fuzz, and smooth, languid excursions.  The eclectic selection below represents a cross-section of our tastes.

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ACL 2014: Top Ten Drone

The extended tones of drone can undulate and loop or attack like disturbed bees; they can lull one to sleep or startle one awake.  Both types of drone are represented in this year’s picks.  Some familiar names are present, joined

Petrels_Mima

ACL 2014: Top Ten Drone

The extended tones of drone can undulate and loop or attack like disturbed bees; they can lull one to sleep or startle one awake.  Both types of drone are represented in this year’s picks.  Some familiar names are present, joined

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ACL 2014: Top Ten Ambient

This year, A Closer Listen continued to receive more ambient music than any other type, over 500 releases in all.  The ambient field is so competitive that only the most distinctive releases manage to break through and to form a lasting impression.

der009

ACL 2014: Top Ten Ambient

This year, A Closer Listen continued to receive more ambient music than any other type, over 500 releases in all.  The ambient field is so competitive that only the most distinctive releases manage to break through and to form a lasting impression.