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Welcome to the 2019 Prog Archives Collaborators Album of the Year

#49-t

Steve Unruh - Precipice

Prog Folk

#49-t

Emme Phyzema -Emme Phyzema

RIO/Avant Prog

#47-t

Fly Pan Am - Cest Ça

Post Rock/Math Rock

#47-t

Samuel Cadima - Outros Horizontes

Progressive Electronic

#44-t

Kayo Dot - Blasphemy

RIO/Avant Prog

#44-t

Diagonal - Arc

Eclectic Prog

#44-t

Magic Pie - Fragments Of The 5th Element

Symphonic Prog

#42-t

The Neal Morse Band - The Great Adventure

Symphonic Prog

#42-t

Fire! - Fire! Orchestra: Arrival

RIO/Avant Prog

#39-t

Emmett Elvin - The End Of Music

Eclectic Prog

#39-t

Modernrock Ensemble Night Dreams & Wishes

Neo-Prog

#39-t

Swans - Leaving Meaning

Post Rock/Math Rock

#38

Cheetos Magazine - Amazingous

Crossover Prog

#37

Led Bib - Its Morning

RIO/Avant Prog

#35-t

Thank You Scientist - Terraformer

Crossover Prog

#35-t

The Far Meadow - Foreign Land

Neo-Prog

#34

The Tea Club - If/When

Crossover Prog

#33

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Transiberiana

Rock Progressivo Italiano

#31-t

Monkey3 - Sphere

Psychedelic/Space Rock

#31-t

Steve Hackett At The Edge Of Light

Eclectic Prog

#29-t

Jambinai - ONDA

Post Rock/Math Rock

#29-t

Iamthemorning - The Bell

Crossover Folk

#26-t

Motorpsycho - The Crucible

Eclectic Prog

#26-t

Thieves Kitchen - Genius Loci

Eclectic Prog

#26-t

Secret Chiefs 3 - Malkhut

RIO/Avant Prog

#25

Elephant9 - Psychedelic Backfire I

Jazz/Rock Fusion

#23-t

The Flower Kings - Waiting For Miracles

Symphonic Prog

#t-23

Hooffoot - The Lights In The Aisle Will Guide You

Jazz/Rock Fusion

#22

The Flying Luttenbachers - Shattered Dimension

RIO/Avant Prog

#21

Consider The Source - You Are Literally A Metaphor

Eclectic Prog

#20

Lost Crowns - Every Night Something Happens

RIO/Avant Prog

#19

Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal

Progressive Metal

#18

Charlie Cawood - Blurring Into Motion

Prog Folk

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Tangerine Dream - In Search Of Hades

Progressive Electronic

#16- t

Helium Horse Fly - Hollowed

Experimental/Post Metal

#15

Tool - Fear Inoculum

Experimental/Post Metal

#14

October Equus - Presagios

RIO/Avant Prog

#13

Poil - sus

RIO/Avant Prog

#12

Jordsjø - Nattfiolen

Symphonic Prog

#10

Le Grand Sbam - Vaisseau Monde

RIO/Avant Prog

#10

ni - Pantophobie

RIO/Avant Prog

A year after teaming up with French neighbors Poil to form Piniol, Bourg En Bresse based ni releases their 2nd LP, Pantophobie. This primarily instrumental album is a heavy hitter, rich with outrageous polyrhythmic texture. This quartet has emphatically made themselves a fixture on the heavy end of the modern RIO scene.  

 

#9

De Lorians - De Lorians

Canterbury Scene

New faces to Progarchives.com in 2019, Tokyo's De Lorians, bring a youthful interpretation of the Canterbury sound to the 21st century stage with their self-titled debut LP. Highly textured recording that recalls the classic sound of Supersister and Soft Machine. 

#8

Waste Of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis

Experimental/Post Metal

Forged by the unholy union of Oranssi Pazuzu and Dark Budha Rising, Finland's Waste of Space Orchestra combine a sonic metal assault with psychedelic ambience on their debut, Syntheosis.

 

#7

Bent Knee - You Know What They Mean

Crossover Prog

Another release for Boston's Bent Knee, another spot in Progarchives.com collaborator's top 10. 2019's You Know What They Mean sees the band continuing to tread a path of deep, yet accessible compositions punctuated by Courtney Swain's dynamic vocals.

 

#6

Elephant9 - Psychedelic Backfire II

Jazz/Rock Fusion

Ståle Storløkken's fusion outfit goes big in 2019 with two full-length live releases, Psychedelic Backfire I and II recorded in their home stomping grounds of Oslo. Both land in the PA collaborator's top 25 with the latter hitting the 6 spot.  

#5

Big Big Train - Grand Tour

 

Crossover Prog

UK proggers Big Big Train released two LPs in 2017 and saved 2018 for a live release. 2019 saw them return with another Progarchives.com collaborators top 10 spot with Grand Tour. Their sound continues to harken to early-middle period Genesis.

#3-t

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

Tech/Extreme Metal

Tied for 3rd this year is Sweden's Opeth with their lucky 13th studio LP, In Cauda Venenum. While Mikael Åkerfeldt has kept his vocals clean since 2011's Heritage, the current material is arguably the heaviest since their departure from their more extreme early days. The album was released with both English and Swedish language vocal options.

#3-t

Magma - Zëss: Le Jour Du Néant

Zeuhl

Our other co-owner of the number 3 spot is non other than France's immortal parent of the Zeuhl sub-genre, Magma. 2019's release, Zëss is the Kobaian word for "the end of everything" (make of it what you will). The recording is a departure from previous works, as it includes The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Christian Vander stepping out from behind the drum kit for Swedish Zappa alumn, Morgan Ågren.

The 2019 Prog Archives Collaborator's Runner-Up

Izz - Dont Panic

 Symphonic Prog

New York's Izz has been around for over 20 years and released their 9th LP, Don't Panic in 2019. The album's Douglas Adams references not being lost on this author, it should noted how the album soared to this year's runner-up spot in the same way that bricks don't. Rich compositions, exemplified by the 18 minute epic, 42, often compared to classic Yes and Gentle Giant texture Don't Panic like a virgin pangalactic gargleblaster. Amazingly clean production. This is a band that really knows where its towel is.

"...The music is top-notch progressive music with non-standard patterns, changing meters and melodies, and complex themes..." - TCat, PA Collaborator

"...It is simple because it is incredibly accessible, an album it is possible to fully enjoy with a smile on the face the very first time it is played, yet these guys are creating arrangements which are massively over the top..." -Kev Rowland, PA Special Collaborator

...And The 2019 Prog Archives Collaborator's Album of the Year!

 

IQ - Resistance

Neo-Prog

After the previous two years' that were absolute runaways, Scandinavia's reign at the top is over as UK's IQ nabs the 2019 album of the year in a close vote.  IQ has remained a fixture in the Neo-prog scene for nearly 40 years. Their previous LP, 2014's The Road of Bones was the runner-up that year. 2019's Resistance, their 12th LP release since 1983 is a double CD with nearly 2 hours of music capped by the 20 minute epics,The Great Spirit Way and Fallout. IQ again show they are top-tier production wise with a pristine, noise free recording.

 

   "...RESISTANCE comes across as a sprawling epic that takes the neo-prog paradigm further into the 21st century..." -siLLy puPPy, PA Collaborator

"...Resistance is another double- album of high-quality neo-prog from a band who've been the undisputed kings of the style for the last quarter of a century..." - Wathur, PA Prog Reviewer

"...The consistency of their writing and performance, and the technical virtuosity of their playing, as well as Nicholls' expressive vocals, make them among the best of the best of prog..." -maani, PA Special Collaborator

 

Thank you to all the participating voters.

The list is compiled from votes placed by Progarchives.com collaborators, prog-reviewers, and VIP forum users.

Here is the complete score list. Voters were asked to provide a list of 20 albums. 20 points awarded for first place, 19 for second place..... 1 point for twentieth.


1. Iq Resistance 133.0

2. Izz Dont Panic 123.0

3. Magma Zëss Le Jour Du Néant 114.0

t-3. Opeth In Cauda Venenum 114.0

5. Big Big Train Grand Tour 105.0

6. Elephant9 Psychedelic Backfire Ii 103.0

7. Bent Knee You Know What They Mean 102.0

8. Waste Of Space Orchestra Syntheosis 92.0

9. De Lorians De Lorians 91.0

10. Ni Pantophobie 86.0

11. Le Grand Sbam Vaisseau Monde 77.0

12. Jordsjø Nattfiolen 73.0

13. Poil Sus 72.0

14. October Equus Presagios 67.0

15. Tool Fear Inoculum 66.0

16. Helium Horse Fly Hollowed 65.0

t-16. Tangerine Dream In Search Of Hades 65.0

18. Charlie Cawood Blurring Into Motion 63.0

19. Arch Matheos Winter Ethereal 62.0

20. Lost Crowns Every Night Something Happens 61.0

21. Consider The Source You Are Literally A Metaphor 60.0

22. The Flying Luttenbachers Shattered Dimension 58.0

23. Hooffoot The Lights In The Aisle Will Guide You 57.0

t-23. The Flower Kings Waiting For Miracles 57.0

25. Elephant9 Psychedelic Backfire I 56.0

26. Secret Chiefs 3 Malkhut 54.0

t-26. Thieves Kitchen Genius Loci 54.0

t-26. Motorpsycho The Crucible 54.0

29. Iamthemorning The Bell 52.0

t-29. Jambinai Onda 52.0

31. Steve Hackett At The Edge Of Light 50.0

t-31. Monkey3 Sphere 50.0

33. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Transiberiana 49.0

34. The Tea Club If When 48.0

35. The Far Meadow Foreign Land 47.0

t-35. Thank You Scientist Terraformer 47.0

37. Led Bib Its Morning 46.0

38. Cheetos Magazine Amazingous 44.0

39. Swans Leaving Meaning 42.0

t-39. Modernrock Ensemble Night Dreams & Wishes 42.0

t-39. Emmett Elvin The End Of Music 42.0

42. Fire! Fire! Orchestra: Arrival 41.0

t-42. Neal Morse The Neal Morse Band: The Great Adventure 41.0

44. Magic Pie Fragments Of The 5th Element 40.0

t-44. Diagonal Arc 40.0

t-44. Kayo Dot Blasphemy 40.0

47. Samuel Cadima Outros Horizontes 38.0

t-47. Fly Pan Am Cest Ça 38.0

49. Emme Phyzema Emme Phyzema 36.0

t-49. Steve Unruh Precipice 36.0

 

51

The Pneumatic Transit Chordae Tendineae 35.0

Panzerpappa Summarisk Suite 35.0

A Formal Horse Here Comes A Man From The Council With A Flamethrower 35.0

 

54

Ikarus Mosaismic 34.0

The Winstons Smith 34.0

Loosense Saloon 34.0

 

57 

Supersister Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus 33.0

The Psychedelic Ensemble Mothers Rhymes 33.0

 

59. Mad Fellaz Mad Fellaz Iii 31.0

 

60

Mimedyr Mínym 30.0

Periphery Periphery Iv: Hail Stan 30.0

 

61. Los Exploradores Inventure 29.0

 

62

Quantum Fantay Yemaya Orisha 28.0

The Worm Ouroboros Endless Way From You 28.0

The Wrong Object Into The Herd 28.0

Plastic Dogs Growl 28.0

 

66

Isildurs Bane Isildurs Bane And Peter Hammill: In Amazonia 27.0

Solaris Nostradamus 2.0: Returnity 27.0

Lucy In Blue In Flight 27.0

 

69. Djam Karet A Sky Full Of Stars For A Roof 26.0

 

70

Deathspell Omega The Furnaces Of Palingenesia 25.0

Papir Vi 25.0

Leprous Pitfalls 25.0

The Mercury Tree Spidermilk 25.0

Yokai Yokai 25.0

 

75

The Claypool Lennon Delirium South Of Reality 24.0

Edison’s Children The Disturbance Fields 24.0

 

77. Goblin The Devil Is Back 23.0

78. Krokofant Q 22.0

Mono Nowhere Now Here 22.0

 

80

Ghost Rhythms Live At Yoshiwara 21.0

Dizzy Mystics Wanderlost 21.0

Eloy The Vision, The Sword, And The Pyre Part Ii 21.0

 

83

Neal Morse Jesus Christ The Exorcist 20.0

Seven Steps To The Green Door The? Lie 20.0

Mostly Autumn White Rainbow 20.0

Tirill Said The Sun To The Moon 20.0

Electric Asturias Trinity 20.0

 

88

Computerchemist Volcan Dreams 19.0

Hexvessel All Tree 19.0

Il Giardino Onirico Apofenia 19.0

Tracteur Tracteur 19.0

Blood Incantation Hidden History Of The Human Race 19.0

Delta Sleep Younger Years 19.0

Le Silo Yamai 19.0

Borknagar True North 19.0

Black Bombaim Black Bombaim With Jonathan Saldanha, Luís Fernandes & Pedro Augusto 19.0

 

97

Retrospective Latent Avidity 18.0

Conqueror In Orbita 18.0

Ste Van Holm Thaw 18.0

Gunter Schickert Nachtfalter 18.0

Wyxz Yiy 18.0

Moon Tooth Crux 18.0

The Mute Gods Atheists And Believers 18.0

 

103

Kenta Shimakawa Glimpse 17.0

Fuzz Puddle Speciecide 17.0

Ultra Zook Ultra Zook 17.0

Hasse Fröberg Musical Companion Parallel Life 17.0

Jakub Zytecki Nothing Lasts, Nothings Lost 17.0

Umpfel As The Waters Cover The Sea 17.0

 

109

District 97 Screens 16.0

Chon Chon 16.0

The Who Who 16.0

Czyszy Epic May 16.0

Voyager Iv Pictures At An Exhibition 16.0

Ulver Drone Activity 16.0

Kouma Aibohphobia 16.0

Richard Pinhastatsuya Yoshida Ascension 16.0

Mother Of Millions Artifacts 16.0

 

118

Jonas Munk Jonas Munk & Nicklas Sørensen: Always Already Here 15.0

Evergrey The Atlantic 15.0

In Mourning Garden Of Storms 15.0

Blå Lotus Högtid 15.0

The Glutton Eating Music 15.0

 

123

Alameda 5 Eurodrome 14.0

Farmhouse Odyssey Fertle Ground 14.0

Oranssi Pazuzu Live At Roadburn 14.0

Lebowski Galactica 14.0

Hammock Silencia 14.0

Prometheo D’un Fuoco Rapito, D’un Giovane Uomo, D’un Amore Insensato 14.0

Devin Townsend Empath 14.0

Infringement Alienism 14.0

Voyager Colours In The Sun 14.0

 

132

The Flying Luttenbachers Imminent Death 13.0

Cosmic Ground Cosmic Ground 5 13.0

Rpwl Tales From Outer Space 13.0

The Loomings Hey, Weirdo! 13.0

United Progressive Fraternity Planetary Overload, Part 1 Loss 13.0

The Samurai Of Prog Toki No Kaze 13.0

 

138

Voyag3r War Mask 12.0

American Draft The Rescue 12.0

King Crimson Live In Newcastle 72 12.0

Epignosis A Month Of Sundays 12.0

Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra Legacy Of The Dark Lands 12.0

Horrendous Sacramamental Death Qualia 12.0

 

144

Gong Love From The Planet Gong 11.0

Mörglbl The Story Of Scott Rötti 11.0

Opra Mediterranea Isole 11.0

Invernadero Entropia 11.0

Marillion With Friends From The Orchestra 11.0

Mother Turtle Three Sides To Every Story 11.0

Dream Theater Distance Over Time 11.0

Patternseeking Animals Patternseeking Animals 11.0

Föllakzoid I 11.0

Richard Henshall The Cocoon 11.0

 

154

Thom Yorke Anima 10.0

Dysrythmia Terminal Threshold 10.0

Eveline’s Dust K. 10.0

Darkwater Human 10.0

Flying Colors Third Degree 10.0

Monomyth Orbis Quadrantis 10.0

Arnaud Bukwald La Marmite Cosmique V 10.0

Moon Letters Until They Feel The Sun 10.0

 

162

Stephan Thelen Fractal Guitar 9.0

Jack O The Clock Witness 9.0

Aliante Sul Confine 9.0

Tangerine Dream Bootleg Box Vol. 3 9.0

Rustin Man Drift Code 9.0

Ryoko Ono Loop Heaven 9.0

 

168

Swifan Eolh & The Mudra Choir The Key 8.0

Teeth Of The Sea Wraith 8.0

Karakorum Fables And Fairytales 8.0

Spacious Mind No. 4 Or 5 Gravy Band 8.0

Glorious Wolf Zodiac 8.0

Soen Lotus 8.0

Guranfoe Sum Of Erda 8.0

Ben Levin Group Jelly Mound 8.0

Unit Wail Egares 8.0

 

177

We Lost The Sea Triumph & Disaster 7.0

Battles Juice B Crypts 7.0

Jeanclaude Vannier Crystal Corpses By Michael Patton And Jeanclaude Vannier 7.0

Brighteye Brison V 7.0

Giant The Vine Music For Empty Places 6.0

Barock Project Seven Seas 6.0

Alber Jupiter We Are Just Floating In Space 6.0

Harpo Jarvi Toe Zone 6.0

Steve Hauschildt Nonlin 6.0

 

186

O.r.k. Ramagehead 5.0

Franck Carducci The Answer 5.0

In Continuum Acceleration Theory Part One: Alien A 5.0

The End Of The Ocean Aire 5.0

Tim Hecker Anoyo 5.0

 

191

Serge Fiori Seul Ensemble 4.0

Jan Akkerman Close Beauty 4.0

Gong The Universe Also Collapses 4.0

Ghost Funk Orchestra A Song For Paul 4.0

 

195

Frank Zappa Halloween 73 3.0

Karfagen Echoes From Within The Dragons Island 3.0

Focus Focus 11 3.0

Elder The Gold And Silver Sessions 3.0

Russian Circles Blood Year 3.0

Felix Martin Caracas 3.0

The Legendary Flower Punk Wabi Wu 3.0

 

202

Widek The Garden Of Existence 2.0

Disillusion The Liberation 2.0

Daniel Eliseev Project D.e.p. Night Shadow 2.0

This Winter Machine A Tower Of Clocks 2.0

On The Raw Climbing The Air 2.0

Tangerine Dream Sessions V 2.0

 

208

Finisterre Finisterre Xxv 1.0

Cabezas De Cera Contigo Y En Directo En Vivo En El Alicia 1.0

Sonar Tranceportation V1 1.0

Breidablik Nhoohr 1.0

Cheeraccident Chicago Xx 1.0

Car Bomb Mordial 1.0

 



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Tremendous list. Thanks so much. Nice that Thank You Scientist, and Thieves' Kitchen made the top 50.

Would like to include some not on the list. Marco Minnemann, Body Hound, and The Aristocrats. 


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I have no explanation why this year the top cells of the table are symmetric when last year's were not. I tried everything to get them to be equal with one another last year to no avail. Somehow they magically lined up this time. 
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Excellent work Ian!  And what a beautiful presentation.  Cheers!!!!



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Nice! How many voters were there?

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Nice! How many voters were there?

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I vote this for the worst album of the year. Resistance is a 3 star album tops.

Good work on the list, but man resistance was a major letdown in my book.

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Originally posted by TCat TCat wrote:

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Excellent work Ian!  And what a beautiful presentation.  Cheers!!!


You deserve so much thanks for doing preliminary corrections. I still ended up finding issues like apparently there are 2 different ascii codes for apostrophes.
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Originally posted by mathman0806 mathman0806 wrote:

Nice! How many voters were there?


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Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

I vote this for the worst album of the year. Resistance is a 3 star album tops.

Good work on the list, but man resistance was a major letdown in my book.


A lot of people really like that album. I myself, do not. But that's what voting is all about.
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Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

Originally posted by TCat TCat wrote:

Beer
Excellent work Ian!  And what a beautiful presentation.  Cheers!!!


You deserve so much thanks for doing preliminary corrections. I still ended up finding issues like apparently there are 2 different ascii codes for apostrophes.
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sounds like you need a better tabulation system. Tongue but great work as always my friend. 
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3 of my top 20 made it in to the top 10 here, which is probably above my average. For those curious, my full list:

Top albums of 2019:

1.       The Flying Luttenbachers – Shattered Dimension

2.       Elephant9 – Psychedelic Backfire I

3.       WYXZ – Yiy

4.       Korkofant – Q

5.       Ni – Pantophobie

6.       Tangerine Dream - In Search Of Hades

7.       Pinhas/Yoshida – Ascension

8.       Oranssi Pazuzu – Live At Roadburn

9.       King Crimson – Live In Newcastle 72

10.   Gong – Love From The Planet Gong

11.   Poil – Sus

12.   Tangerine Dream – Bootleg Box Vol. 3

13.   Ulver – Drone Activity

14.   October Equus – Presagios

15.   Unit Wail – Egares

16.   De Lorians – S/t

17.   Izz – Don’t Panic

18.   Frank Zappa – Halloween 73

19.   Tangerine Dream – Sessions V

20.   Cabezas De Cera - Contigo Y En Directo / En Vivo En El Alicia

 

 

Honorable mentions: 21) Fly Pam Am – Cest Ca; 22) Elephant 9 – Psychedelic Backfire II; 23) Aria Primitiva – Sleep No More; 24) Neuland – S/t; 25) Consider The Source – You Are Literally A Metaphor



Those should have been numbered, I don't know why they weren't. (It is in order)


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Yeah baby
Very nice job Ian

Not that surprised to see IQ on top but then again I don’t really care about the ranking. I just love this way of highlighting albums of the year. Sort of like a recommendation list on behalf of the collabs.
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great work
 
surprised at the number 1 tbh
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Great job again, Ian!

Resistance on top of the list was not a surprise; neither is Izz as runner-up. IQ has won the rematch against Opeth. The only surprise - and a nice one - was Magma sharing #3 with Opeth.

My contribution this year has been less than the previous four years. Personal circumstances which gave me less time to have some listens, combined with ageing ears, made me offer a shorter list. Yet I am happy to have found ten worthy albums which would have made it to any of my previous AotY lists from 2015 to 2018:

1. Izz - Don't Panic (2)
2. Jordsjø - Nattfiolen (12)
3. Kayo Dot- Blasphemy (44-46)
4. iamthemorning - The Bell (29-30)
5. Big Big Train - Grand Tour (5)
6. Magma - Zëss - Le Jour du Néant (3-4)
7. The Psychedelic Ensemble - Mother's Rhymes (57-58)
8. IQ - Resistance (1)
9. Epignosis - A Month of Sundays (138-143)
X. Supersister - Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus (57-58)

Honourable mention: Panzerpappa - Summarisk Suite (51-53)

This is the first time I have the #1, the #2 and  a #3 in my list.



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I'm a big IQ fan so pleased to see it top the list. It's probably their 4th or 5th best album overall but for a band that has been around a long time they should be commended for still putting out decent stuff. Neil Durrant has added a tremendous amount of the programming/keyboard side for me and Paul Cook as a drummer is actually better than he was 15 years ago . Mike Holmes has long been one of the most underrated guitarists while Tim Esau is a rock solid bassist. Peter Nicholls is the soul of the band and without it would just be a good pop band (ref those 2 Paul Menel 80's albums!)

HOWEVER - it has to be said that there is a massive problem with the list and that it's this. The album by Waste of Space Orchestra although officially released in 2019 is only getting a proper general release this year. It finished in the top five of 5 separate collaborators but featured nowhere else on anyone else's list. I only discovered it after the voting closed but based on streaming it I can say that it is utterly brilliant and unique and is exactly what should be topping the list. I say that as an IQ fan and not a lover of anything too 'out there'. I do think it needs to be pointed out.
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^Exposure and logistics around releases are the bane of many bands existences. All but a few of the bands on the menu for our little ceremony have limited resources to gain exposure, some to the point of only having the cash in their own pockets and Facebook/Bandcamp to promote themselves. And some don't even go that far. So I don't see the parameters of the release as a massive problem for the list for this particular band, anymore than it ever is. You can see how many bands are on the  complete list, meaning most of the 30 voters' lists had a majority unique albums. And that only scrapes the surface of what was available to vote on. I personally listened to at least 150 albums released in 2019 and as usual, was blown away at how many I hadn't heard that showed up in our final list. 

What I did get a full listen to was Wate of Space Orchestra. And although I agree with you on many of the album's merits, it did not make my list, primarily on the basis of the vocals. I'm sure I am not the only one that feels that way. That vocal angle wears thin on a lot of people. I knocked another incredible album out of my top 20 for the same thing. I used to tolerate it, but now a band has to be really really really...really really special to overlook that. 


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Great work as always putting this together! Beer I'm pleased with how the list turned out, a lot of great releases getting recognition. Also inspires me to give Don't Panic another chance.
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Here's how my list compared + some almost albums. I left out my "meh" lists. Folks take it a little personally when someone points out they don't like their favorite band.

 

1. Helium Horse Fly - Hollowed  (16)

2. Mimedyr - Mínym  (60)

3. ni - Pantophobie  (10)

4. Consider The Source - You Are Literally A Metaphor  (21)

5. The Pneumatic Transit - Chordae Tendinae  (50)

6. Tracteur - Tracteur  (88)

7. Emme Phyzema - Emme Phyzema  (49)

8. Opeth - In Cauda Venenum  (3)

9. Le Grande Sbam - Vaisseau Monde 

10. Emmit Elvin - The End of Music  (39)

11. Dysrythmia - Terminal Threshold   (154)

12. The Claypool Lennon Delirium - South of Reality   (75)

13. Jambinai - ONDA   (29)

14. Djam Karet - A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof   (69)

15. Mother Turtle - Three Sides to Every Story (144)

16. Motorpsycho - The Crucible   (26)

17. Plastic Dogs - Growl     (62)

18. Felix Martin - Caracas      (195)

19. Lost Crowns - Every Night Something Happens     (20)   

20. Poil - sus    (13)

 

 

Albums that were in my top20 at one time but were knocked out

 

Magma - Zëss: Le Jour Du Néant   (3)

Izz - Dont Panic    (2)

Jordsjø - Nattfiolen     (12)

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Transiberiana   (33)

Supersister - Supersister Projekt 2019: Retsis Repus  (57)

Ultra Zook - Ultra Zook     (103)

Smash the Crash - PL Lady    (0)

Rings of Saturn - Giddim  (0)

Fervent Send - Oblitrerate the moon   (0)

The Bob Lazar Story - Vanquisher     (0)

 

 

Great albums, but not quite top20

 

Elephant9 Psychedelic Backfire II   (6)

Elephant9 Psychedelic Backfire I     (25)

De Lorians -  De Lorians      (9)

Charlie Cawood - Blurring Into Motion  (18)

The Flying Luttenbachers - Shattered Dimension   (22)

Hooffoot - The Lights In The Aisle Will Guide You    (23)

Samuel Cadima - Outros Horizontes     (47)

Los Exploradores - Inventure   (61)

The Wrong Object - Into The Herd   (62)

Computerchemist - Volcan Dreams     (88)

Kenta Shimakawa Glimpse    (103)

Voyager IV - Pictures At An Exhibition   (109)

The Flying Luttenbachers - Imminent Death    (132)

Cosmic Ground - Cosmic Ground 5    (132)

Guranfoe - Sum Of Erda   (168)

Fervent Send - Denna's Room    (0)

The Physics House Band - Death Sequence   (0)  Would have been way up there, but way too short.



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