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RobMoro's Albums of the Year - 2016.

This year produced some stellar albums, many of which luckily landed in Ireland for appearances at standalone gigs or festivals. Synth-pop was definitely a sound that stood out, while electronica continued to go from strength to strength. The list below reflects the RobMoro albums that soundtracked the office, featured in the content, or genuinely grabbed attention at a particular time.

Despite the visions of musical gems that have broke through this year, it was also a terrible twelve months for the longstanding greats that influenced the fresh wave coming through. For that alone, here is to hoping for less of the losing and more of the gaining in 2017.

As for why any of the albums below have been listed, it could be down to a lot of criteria to pit one against the other. However, as was the case last year, these albums are in no particular order. Why? Well it seems unwise to number them as better than another, they are there against hundreds of others and if you gave ten minutes to sample three tracks or more from these lot, then you might find yourself a nice surprise amongst the most critically acclaimed.

Finally, yes I know there is no Christine & The Queens in here, but that album was originally released in 2015 in French, which is a better listen than the 2016 release for the bizarre sentences alone.

Yumi Zouma - “Yoncalla”Yumi Zouma – “Yoncalla”



James Blake – “The Colour in Anything”

James Blake – “The Colour in Anything”



Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “The Skeleton Tree”Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “The Skeleton Tree”



Margaret Glaspy - “Emotions and Math”Margaret Glaspy – “Emotions and Math”



Malojian - “This Is Nowhere”

Malojian – “This Is Nowhere”



The 1975 - “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”The 1975 – “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”



ANONHI - “Hopelessness”ANONHI – “Hopelessness”



Bon Iver - “22, A Million”Bon Iver – “22, A Million”



Car Seat Headrest - “Teens of Denial”Car Seat Headrest – “Teens of Denial”



Blood Orange - “Freetown Sound”Blood Orange – “Freetown Sound”



James Vincent McMorrow - “We Move”James Vincent McMorrow – “We Move”



Little Green Cars - “Ephemera”Little Green Cars – “Ephemera”



Angel Olsen - “Woman”Angel Olsen – “Woman”



We Cut Corners - “The Cadences of Others”We Cut Corners – “The Cadences of Others”



Shura - “Nothing’s Real”Shura – “Nothing’s Real”



Hinds - “Leave Me Alone”Hinds – “Leave Me Alone”



School of Seven Bells - “SVIIB”School of Seven Bells – “SVIIB”



Bayonne - “Primitives”Bayonne – “Primitives”



Savages - “Adore Life”Savages – “Adore Life”



DIIV - “Is This Is Are”DIIV – “Is This Is Are”



Whitney - “Light Upon The Lake”Whitney – “Light Upon The Lake”



Wilco - “Schmilco”Wilco – “Schmilco”



Lucius - “Good Grief”Lucius – “Good Grief”



Tim Hecker - “Love Streams:Tim Hecker – “Love Streams:



Palace - “So Long Forever”Palace – “So Long Forever”



White Lies - “Friends”White Lies – “Friends”



Local Natives - “Sunlit Youth”Local Natives – “Sunlit Youth”



Bear’s Den - “Red Earth and Pouring Rain’Bear’s Den – “Red Earth and Pouring Rain’



HONNE - “Warm On A Cold Night”HONNE – “Warm On A Cold Night”



JAWS - “Simplicity”JAWS – “Simplicity”



Glass Animals - “How To Be A Human Being”Glass Animals – “How To Be A Human Being”



C Duncan - “The Midnight Sun”C Duncan – “The Midnight Sun”



Basia Bulat - “Good Advice”Basia Bulat – “Good Advice”



MMOTHS - “Luneworks”MMOTHS – “Luneworks”



Enemies - “Valuables”

Enemies – “Valuables”



Warpaint - “Heads Up”Warpaint – “Heads Up”



Porches - “Porches”

Porches – “Porches”



Jessy Lanza - “Oh No”

Jessy Lanza – “Oh No”



Billie Marten - “Writing of Blues and Yellows”Billie Marten – “Writing of Blues and Yellows”



Bleeding Heart Pigeons - “Is”Bleeding Heart Pigeons – “Is”