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.
James Blake – “The Colour in Anything”
Malojian – “This Is Nowhere”
Enemies – “Valuables”
Porches – “Porches”
Jessy Lanza – “Oh No”