Fuzzy Sun mostly covers noiserock, psychedelic rock and experimental stuff. A new addition to the blog is experimental techno/industrial/noise but this is still in its infancy. I have the feeling there was a bit more psychedelic rock in 2018 then this year but there were still some exquisite releases. It is very clear for me noise rock dominated 2019.
This is my end of the year list, my best of list of 2019. I tried to orden my favourite released a bit but this is no easy task, so don’t take it too seriously. Do take the bands on this list seriously and take your time to absorb their music. their are some absolute gems in this list. Order some vinyl too. bands like money last i heard.
Take your time and enjoy.
1.Girl Band – The Talkies
My number one of 2019 is Girl Band and I can say this with great conviction. The band is refreshing, implements different genres succesfully in one track. They do not make their sound more easy to become popular, on the contrary, they keep experimenting, this time very succesfully with electronic and techno vibes mixed through their music.
2. Shit and Shine – Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs
This is in your face noiserock with the most dense riffs ever created. Shit and Shine needs to be a genre on their own, somthing like Swamp Sludge or Zombie Noise. This is brilliant. Shit and Shine did it again.
3. Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel
Lightning Bolt is epic, their new album is epic, it should be on everyone’s list. “Sonic Citadel” is everything you want and everything you did not know you needed.
4. Cherubs -Immaculada High
The cult noiserockers made with “Immaculada High’ an album so gorgeous it deserves to be high on everyones end of the year list.
5. Black Shape – LONDON
I am completely blown away by this “new” band . I can tell you I probably listened to their 45 minute track ‘LONDON’ the most this year. The track starts with about ten minutes of crushing riff, the riff is great but don’t think that is all the band can do. Please take 45 minutes of your time, I promise you, you will not be dissapointed. Out on Hominid Sounds
6. Thank – Think Less
The Leeds noiserockers end up at number six with their EP ‘Please’. This new EP is the most original version of punk, noise, and electronics I have heard in a long while. Thank is on acid.
7. Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Kim Gordon is making music for millenia and it is just now she released her first solo album. This is a solo album by an artist who is experiences, original, daring and she perfectly knows what she is doing and what she wants. “No Home Record” is exceptional and original.
8. USA/MEXICO – MATAMOROS
Contender for loudest album of the year. With members of Shit and Shine. Destructive, aggressive, hits you in the face and when you are on the ground it keeps on hitting until your face is pulp, then burns the pulp.
9. Rainbow grave – No You
Oh lord this is dirty, this is such a dirty mix of sludge and punk that it needs to end on place 8. With founder member of Napalm Death and Scorn and founder member of Doom and Sore Throat. Out on God Unknown Records.
10. Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 2
I am always up for some new sounds and Mr. Baidar delivers these tunes. A mix of Afghan folk and noise creates one hell of a gorgeous record.
11. Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops
The Australian rockers made a gorgeous album, again. In my opinion this one is even a lot better then the previous one. A lot of different styles, a lot of tracks that are instant addiction for me.
12. Sly and the Family Drone – Gentle Persuaders
Gorgeous in their experimental noise, free jazz and drone. And “Gentle Persuaders” is by far their best release.
13. Youff -If wishes were horses, homicidal beggars could ride
These nutcases from Belgium released two albums this year. ’20/20 Hindsight’ was so loud even I had difficulty digesting it. Their second part ‘If wishes were horses, homicidal beggars could ride’ is the more experimental of the two and really stuck in my head.
14. Shimmer – And I Revel
I don’t know how to tell you what kind of music this is. Is it demented punk? Is it smoked indienoise? forlorn post punk? I don’t know, all i know is that Shimmer rules and needs to be heard.
15. Cunts – Cunts
Good lord, this supergroup (Dead Cross, Qui, Retox, Virginia Reed, Hep.Titus and Planet B) makes the heaviest punk ever. Slayer looks like cute little kitties next to Cunts.
16. Buildings – Negative Sounds
Gorgeous riffs, perfectly produced, heavy vocals! is this the perfect marriage between noiserock and metal.
17 .Qujaku – In Neutral
My favorite band from Japan wich I know for sure they will conquer the world with their original mix of doom, psych and noise. They released an EP “In neutral” this year. Gloria is the strongest track of the two.
18. Luggage – Shift
Masters in songbuilding, gorgeous noiserock atmospheres, slow brooding tracks. Their third full album ‘Shift’ really suprised me.
19. Henge – Nothing Head
With “Nothing Head” Henge released a powerfull dose of psychedelic doom on or planet. Released on God Unknown Records.
20. Kungens man – Chef & Hårt Som Ben
The Stockholm band Kungens Man keeps releasing magnificent music. This year they have delivered two albums of cosmic psych. Verry trippy psychedelic music. Both the album “Chef” and “Hårt Som Ben” are great pieces of work.
21. Dhidalah -Threshold 発端
High quality heavy psych and space rock by the Japanese band Dhidalah. Trippin cosmic guitar music.
22. Beige Palace – Leg
Not really easy to tell you what kind of music Beige Palace makes, all I can say is that is refreshing, original and goddamn fun.
23. Moon Duo – Stars Are The Light
Hazy dance-able cosmic dream psych. That is what Moon Duo made and it rules. Tune in and dream away.
24. Oh Sees – Face Stabber
Probably the most energetic band on the planet that releases loads of music. Oh Sees have done it again this year with ‘Face Stabber’. High energy garage punk tracks and long trippy space songs all on one album. perfect for trippin.
25. BORIS – Love & Evol
Japanse heavyweights Boris return with an excellent album. As alway this band is very difficult to categorize and that is also what makes them so good. Take your time to listen to “Love & Evol”.
26. Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska -The Ascended Master Teachings of Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska
This, this is a piece of absolutely stunning droning space and psychedelic rock. These two together make godly sounds.
27. Aunt Cynthias Cabin – Mud Room #13
Aunt Cynthias Cabin keeps releasing high quality hypnotising garagepsych. “Mud Room #13” oozes trippy guitarsounds.
28. Locean – Chav Anglais
“Chav Anglais” is very original and refreshing, bass lines from heaven, vocals from purgatory and guitar from hell. A very succesfull experiment.
29. Black Bombaim with Jonathan Saldanha, Luís Fernandes & Pedro Augusto
This is a very experimental piece of art. Tracks spanning more then 10 minutes. Very psychedelic and hypnotic atmospheres. Every track is very original and you can hear Black Bombaim very clearly in each track.
30. Deafkids – Metaprogramação
“Metaprogramação” was released in March and made quite an impression. The Brazilian band mixes Industrial noise, tribal rythms and noise punk together and made something ubercool. This sounds like music from the future!
31. Levitation Room – Headspace
LA psychpop Levitation Room may have made the best hazy indie album of the year. They sound like the mellow, soft version of the Oh Sees.
32. Swans – Leaving Meaning.
Micheal Gira fronted experimental band Swans released their new album “Leaving Meaning”. This is an extensive and intensive listen.
33. Follakzoid – I
Brilliant trance by this Chilean duo.
34. 10000 Russos – Kompromat
Groovy psych. Risk of losing yourself in trance!
35. MoE – La Bufa
Agressive noisepunk from Oslo. Their latest “La Bufa” is MoE at their peak.
36. L’EPEE – Diabolique
Put Anton Newcombe, Emmanuelle Seigner , Marie and Lionel from the Limiñanas together and then you get this awesome psych project.
37. Moon Pussy – Band Meating
Moon Pussy is one of my favourite new noiserock bands. “Band Meating” is loud, raw and ready to destroy your face.
38. The Cosmic Dead – Scottisch Space Race
Their most trippy and heavy album to date.
39. Pink Room – Zum Kotsen
Belgium’s own noisepunk wonder.
40. Dead Kaczinsky – Yakuza Attack Dog
An incredibly powerful noisepunk EP by a new band ready to rule the underground.
41. Possum – Space Grade Assembly
Put Black Sabbath, Ty Segall and Oh Sees in a blender and you get the new band Possum.
42. Allöchtöön – Allöchtöön
Is this too loud for you? Then maybe you should go sit at the kids table and drink some milk.
43. Tropical Trash – SOUTHERN INDIANA DRONE FOOTAGE
This is one of the most excellent raw punk albums of the year. Tropical Trash deliver no nonsense fast paced fuzz punk straight to your door.
44. L’Eclair – Sauropoda
Not everything has to be brain melting noiserock, it can be fun groovy summer music too.
45. Giant Swan – Giant Swan
This is the beginning of something new for me. Giant Swan released a gorgeous electronic album and it will be one of the first of the genre to be on Fuzzy Sun.
46. Glenn Branca – The Third Ascension
The composer Glenn Branca died in 2018. In February 2016 he made his last work ‘The Third Ascension’ wich was released October fourth through SYSTEM NEUTRALIZERS.
47. Pinko – You & You
The San Antonio three piece noiserockers released a strong punk infused noiserock album with “You & You”
48. Earth – Full Upon Your Burning Lips
Cosmic drone duo Earth made yet again a beautiful piece of work with their latest album.
49. Taiwan Housing Project – Sub-Language Trustees
Music for when you are lost in the wilderness crazed on mushrooms.
50. Krause -The Ecstasy Of Infinite Sterility
Brainmelting and destructive noiserock.
51. Lovely Wife – Audible Beef
Thank you God, I mean Lovely Wife, for this epic noise.
52. Headroom – New Haven
Experimental Cosmic Psych at its best.
53. Vandal X – Blood on the Streets
Goddamn Belgian riffs and noiserock.
54. Alpha Hopper – Alpha Hopper
Raw and energetic noisepunk by the New Yorkers. Heavy, intense and entertaining stuff.
55. The Psychotic Monks – Private Meaning First
Immensly layered hypnotic heavy rock.
56. Cocaine Piss – Passionate and Tragic
Belgian punk as wild as the name suggests.
57. Ungraven – Language of Longing
There are bonecrushing riffs coming from Jon Davis (Conan) so heavy even your mom is overwhelmed.
58. Drose – Boy Man Machine+
The reworked version, with additional new tracks is such a nice piece of experimental metal it has to be on this list.
59. Pure Adult – Pure Adult
New York duo Pure Adult makes unfiltered experimental punk and noise.
60. Dead Neanderthals – Ghost
Very captivating experimental music by the dutch duo with a collaboration from Scott Hendrick from Skeleton Witch.
61. Trigger Cut- Buster
If you don’t now the noiserocking band Trigger Cut then it is about time you do.
62. Whep – Whelp
I would love to tell you all about Whep, because Whep is great, but i don’t know much about Whep. I do know they released an album called “Whelp” and it is really good.
63. Macros – Macros
Noisepunk from down under.
64. Psychic Lemon – Freak Mammal
Very intense space rock by the UK band Psychic Lemon. “Freak Mammel” is in your face psychedelic wildness.
65. Oruã – Romã
This Brazilian band made some excquisite psychedelic tunes on their new album. original and refreshing.
66. The St Pierre Snake Invasion – CAPRICE ENCHANTÉ
Loud and full of energy. UK noiserock that is absolutely fun to listen to. en you face music.
67. Chat Pile – Remove Your Skin Please
A late addition to the list. Chat Pile made really impressive music and you should take your time and let this heaviness seep in.