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BEAR TREE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2021

Joseph Luke Blanchard

Here is our top 100 picks from 2021, an insanely good year for new music!

Further details on each title available HERE!



# Title
1 Eli Keszler 'Icons' 2xLP
2 Irreversible Entanglements 'Open The Gate' 2xLP
3 Richard Dawson & Circle 'Henki' 2xLP
4 Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe 'Candyman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' 2xLP
5 Ryley Walker 'Course In Fable' LP
6 Makaya McCraven 'Deciphering the Message' LP
7 Space Afrika 'Honest Labour' LP
8 The Weather Station 'Ignorance Deluxe' 2xLP
9 Lingua Ignota 'Sinner Get Ready' 2xLP
10 Iceage 'Seek Shelter' LP
11 Mdou Moctar 'Afrique Victime' LP
12 Hannah Peel 'Fir Wave' LP
13 Dean Blunt 'Black Metal 2' LP
14 Ben Chasny 'The Intimate Landscape' LP
15 Carlos Nino and Friends 'More Energy Fields, Current' LP
16 Ichiko Aoba 'Windswept Adan' 2xLP
17 Cassandra Jenkins 'An Overview on Phenomenal Nature' LP
18 Dry Cleaning 'New Long Leg' LP
19 Birds of Maya 'Valdez' LP
20 Alfa Mist 'Bring Backs' LP
21 Halsey 'If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power' LP
22 Marissa Nadler 'The Path Of The Clouds' LP
23 Pye Corner Audio 'Entangled Routes' LP
24 Jeff Parker 'Forfolks' LP
25 Jim Ghedi 'In The Furrows Of Common Place' LP
26 Ross From Friends 'Tread' 2xLP
27 Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra 'Promises' LP
28 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis 'Carnage' LP
29 Black Dice 'Mod Prog Sic' LP
30 Steve Gunn 'Other You' 2xLP
31 Snapped Ankles 'Forest Of Your Problems' LP
32 Madlib 'Sound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)' LP
33 Hattie Cook 'Bliss Land' LP
34 Parquet Courts 'Sympathy For Life' LP
35 Low 'HEY WHAT' LP
36 Sons Of Kemet 'Black To The Future' 2xLP
37 Maple Glider 'To Enjoy Is The Only Thing' LP
38 Rose City Band 'Earth Trip' LP
39 Emma Ruth Rundle 'Engine Of Hell' LP
40 Wolves In The Throne Room 'Primordial Arcana'
41 Bicep 'Isles' LP
42 Mira Calix 'absent origin' 2xLP
43 Sleaford Mods 'Spare Ribs' LP
44 St Vincent 'Daddy's Home' LP
45 Gustavo Santaolalla / Mac Quayle 'The Last Of Us Part II' 2xLP
46 Silver Synthetic 'Silver Synthetic' LP
47 Nolan Potter 'Music Is Dead' LP
48 Growing 'Diptych' LP
49 Sunburned Hand Of The Man 'Pick A Day To Die' LP
50 Damon Locks - Black Monument Ensemble 'NOW' LP
51 Natalie Bergman 'Mercy' LP
52 Cindy '1:2' LP
53 Ducks Ltd. 'Modern Fiction' LP
54 Sven Wunder 'Natura Morta' LP
55 Lucinda Chua 'Antidotes' LP
56 Jaimie Branch 'Fly or Die Live' 2xLP
57 Sarah Davachi 'Antiphonals' LP
58 Alessandro Cortini 'SCURO CHIARO' LP
59 Amyl and the Sniffers 'Comfort To Me' LP
60 Alva Noto 'HYbr:ID 1' LP
61 The Bug 'Fire' LP
62 Cabaret Voltaire 'Dekadrone' 2xLP
63 John Grant 'Boy From Michigan' 2xLP
64 Charles Lloyd and The Marvels 'Tone Poem' 2xLP
65 Bobby Lee 'Origin Myths' LP
66 Little Simz 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert' 2xLP
67 Brandee Younger 'Somewhere Different' LP
68 Badbadnotgood 'Talk Memory' 2xLP
69 Snail Mail 'Valentine' LP
70 Houeida Hedfi 'Fleuves de l'Ame' 2xLP
71 Self Esteem 'Prioritise Pleasure' LP
72 Tony Allen 'There Is No End' 2xLP
73 Ludwig Goransson 'TENET (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' 3xLP
74 Jarvis Cocker 'CHANSONS d’ENNUI TIP-TOP' LP
75 Chubby and the Gang 'The Mutt's Nuts' LP
76 Ben LaMar Gay 'Open Arms To Open Us' LP
77 The Oscillation 'Untold Futures'
78 Grouper 'Shade' LP
79 Mica Levi 'Zola (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' LP
80 JOHN 'Nocturnal Manoeuvres' LP
81 Rival Consoles 'Overflow' 2xLP
82 Lonelady 'Former Things' LP
83 Mogwai 'As The Love Continues' 2xLP (LRS2021)
84 Mess Esque 'Mess Esque' LP
85 Trees Speak 'Vertigo of Flaws: Emancipation of the Dissonance and Temperaments in Irrational Waveforms' 2xLP + 7"
86 Here Lies Man 'Ritual Divination' LP + 7"
87 Shannon Lay 'Geist' LP
88 Neil Young & Crazy Horse 'Barn' LP
89 Czarface & MF Doom 'Super What' LP
90 Arlo Parks 'Collapsed In Sunbeams' LP
91 Monolord 'Your Time To Shine' LP
92 GNOD 'La Mort Du Sens' LP
93 Six Organs Of Admittance 'The Veiled Sea' LP
94 Nubya Garcia 'SOURCE WE MOVE' LP
95 Kiefer 'When There's Love Around' 2xLP
96 Clint Mansell 'In The Earth (Original Music)' LP
97 The Eccentronic Research Council 'The Dreamcatcher Tapes Volumes 1 & 2' 2xLP
98 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 'Butterfly 3000' LP
99 The War On Drugs 'I Don't Live Here Anymore' 2xLP
100 Ty Segall 'Harmonizer' LP

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