DiS Users' November 2020 Album Of The Month - The Results

  1. Ane Brun - How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow
  2. Hachiku - I’ll Probably Be Asleep
  3. TSHA - Flowers EP
  4. Tiña - Positive Mental Health Music
  5. Babybird - Once We Have Destroyed Ourselves We Will Build A New World
Extra albums

Tuning - Tunng Presents… Dead Club
Molchat Doma - Monument
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump… On A Wooden Piano
Keeley Forsyth - Photograph EP
Told Slant - Point The Flashlight And Walk
Poder Fantasma - Canciones Para El Siglo XXI
Public Memory - Ripped Apparition
Brian Batz - Os
Laura Fell - Safe From Me
Henning Fuchs - Gaia
Martin Kohlstedt - Flur
Marie Awadis - Una Corsa Diaries
Ana Roxanne - Because Of A Flower

Hachiku was a late discovery for me, maybe from a Spotify playlist, so I dont think I mentioned it in the weekly releases. It was a great surprise, and sounds like an Icelandic version of Soko (although maybe she’s German), and Perfume Genius and CocoRosie (so says Spotify anyhow, so that’ll do for me). Great album. I thought it would be my favourite.

But then I had a proper listen to Ane Brun’s album today, and then played it most of the day. I liked an old song of hers, but was a bit disappointed with her earlier album this year. This one is beautiful though, her voice is so lovely and the music is so great too. Not sure why it took a while for it to click with me.

TSHA was a discovery from the weekly threads, so thank you to whoever that was! Only four songs on it, and I wasn’t expecting to like it, but two (or three or four?) of the songs are just so catchingly good.

Tiña sort of has Porridge Radio vibes? Mixed with Wasuremono and Elf Power. Had a good time listening to it last weekend.

And this Babybird album (which I pre-ordered on cd a few months ago) is actually really good. He still seems a bit hit and miss with all of his many releases, but this one is good.

That was me! I’d heard the single Sister before, which was absolutely up my street so was very much lookng forward to the rest of the EP, which didn’t disappoint.

I don’t know Hachiku or Tiña but both sound like my kinda thing, so thanks for the recommendations!

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November got better after a slow start.

  1. Craven Faults - Enclosures
  2. Luke Abbott - Translate
  3. Smashing Pumpkins - CYR
  4. War on Drugs - Live Drugs
  5. Erland Cooper - Landform
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After posting this list, I then came across this excellent French chap, Dominique A, on Spotify last night. I’ve had one listen through the album so far, but am pretty confident it would easily be in my top five, possibly at the top. Lovely voice and the music and songs sound great. Definitely worth a listen.

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Pretty good month…

  1. Ben Chatwin
  2. Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz
  3. Ana Roxanne
  4. William Basinski
  5. Sarah Davachi

1.Dominique A - Vie Etrange
2.AK/DK - Shared Particles
3.Heather Trost - Petrichor
4.Faten Kanaan - A Mythology of Circles
5.Ben Chatwin - The Hum

With Luke Abbott, William Basinski and Ana Roxanne not far behind.


1.Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer
2.Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump On a Wooden piano
3. The Wytches - Three Mile Ditch
4. Marika Hackman - Covers

I loved Ane Brun’s covers of Big In Japan and The Dancers, but her own stuff seemed to be below par radio 2 easy listening type tracks and didn’t interest me at all.
You’re right though this new album is beautiful. Wish I’d heard it before I submitted my list.

  1. Tom Vek - New Symbols
  2. Seamus Fogarty - A Bag of Eyes
  3. AC/DC - POWER UP (Yeah baby!)
  4. Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer
  5. Granddaddy - The Sophtware Slump wiz waz

What a nothing kind of a month but hey! I’m listening to Tom Vek in the year 2020… Need more time time with Nick Cave and the Grandaddy

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1 - Kali Uchis - Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)

Pretty baffled as to why this isn’t getting any love


It’s a really good album, think it’s every bit as good as her last one. Would assume that it’s not getting as much promotion in English language media since she’s generally not singing in English on this one, but it’s full of great tunes.

Lots of great stuff in November, and frankly difficult to choose a top 5, but here’s my effort:

  1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - KG
  2. Lambchop - Trip
  3. Tunng - Dead Club
  4. Ane Brun - How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow
  5. Teho Teardo - L’alligatore

Lots of other great music this month, including:

Pole - Fading
Olafur Arnalds - Some Kind of Peace
Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower
Marika Hackman - Covers
The Wytches - Three Mile Ditch
Katy J Pearson - Return
Dirty Projectors - 5 EPs
Keeley Forsyth - Photograph
Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow of Fear
Hypoluxo - s/t
Laura Fell - Safe From Me
Orchid Mantis - Far From This World
Badge Epoque Ensemble - Self Help
Cecile Believe - Plucking a Cherry from the Void
Laundromat - Green
JFDR - Dream On
Tori Handsley - As We Stand

Goodness, great November. Not expecting too much from December, but let’s see!

Light list for the moment but there’s a lot I want to catch up on eventually; Cave, Arnalds, Pole, Hackman and more.

  1. The Black Dog - Fragments
  2. Ben Chatwin - The Hum
  3. Coil - A Guide For Beginners: The Voice of Silver / A Guide For Finishers: A Hair Of Gold
  4. Autechre - PLUS

Should have made the list: Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas - III - but it keeps getting put back every week.

really great month

  1. Quakers
  2. Tom Vek
  3. AK/DK
  4. Told Slant
  5. Matthew Halsall
and the rest
  1. Tired Lion
  2. Hypoluxo
  3. Pink Siifu
  4. Myles Manley
  5. Nels Cline

Palm reader for me just :ok_hand:

I’ll count the votes up around noon tomorrow. Get your choices in by then please.

  1. Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide
  2. Pink Siifu - FlySiifu’s
  3. William Basinski - Lamentations
  4. The Cribs - Night Network
  5. The Bats - Foothills

Need to spend more time with the King Gizz album but it sounded decent. Idiot Prayer is quite lovely too. Need to get around to the Dirty Projectors, Caberet Voltaire and Sarah Davachi albums.

  1. AK/DK - Shared Particles
  2. Craven Faults - Enclosures
  3. Orchid Mantis - Far From This World
  4. Dan Kye - Small Moments (Jordan Rakei alias)
  5. Luke Abbott - Translate

Love that AK/DK LP. Two drummers always hits my buttons, would love to see them live

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It was a surprising month.

  1. Ane Brun - How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow
  2. Craven Faults - Enclosures
  3. Kylie Minogue - DISCO
  4. Hey Colossus - Dances / Curses
  5. King Hannah -Tell Me Your Mind and I’ll Tell You Mine


1st Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer 29 points

2nd Craven Faults - Enclosures 24 points

3rd Smashing Pumpkins - CYR 17 points

Joint 4th Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide and
Luke Abbott - Translate (both on 15 points)

6th Ben Chatwin - The Hum (13)

Joint 7th AK/DK - Shared Particles and
Ane Brun - How Beauty Holds… (both on 12)

9th William Basinski - Lamentations (10)

Joint 10th King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - KG
Tom Vek - New Symbols ( both on 9)