Post-rock Listeners’ Choice 2016: Best Releases of the Year & Best New Acts | FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

It’s that time of the year again. For the fifth time, in collaboration with Arctic Drones magazine, we’re pleased to announce our annual polls to let our community vote for their favorite releases and newcomers to the scene. 

To be nominated for the “Best Releases of the Year”, an artist must have released music between December 15, 2015 and December 12, 2016. Albums coming out after December 12, 2016 will be considered for nomination in next year’s awards.

In order for a band or musician to be nominated for the “Best New Acts”, they must have released their debut during this past year.

This year’s polls will be launched on Monday, December 12. Voting will end on Friday, December 16. 

The link to the polls will be shared on Post-rock Facebook page:
facebook.com/postrock.instrumental 

You will be able to select up to 20 choices for the best releases, and 5 for the best new acts.

As in last year, the results will be unveiled in a list format in Arctic Drones magazine in late December (Top 50 for the best releases and top 10 for the best new acts).

Check out the following links from last year to see what poll results will look like:
arcticdrones.com/staff-picks/50-best-albums-2015-post-rock
arcticdrones.com/staff-picks/10-best-new-bands-post-rock


Listed below are the nominees this year for both categories.

BEST RELEASES OF THE YEAR

1. 1 Mile North – Awakened By Decay
2. 417.3 – 34
3. 52 Commercial Road – Remote Control
4. 65daysofstatic – No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe
5. 8mm Orchestra – 8mm Orchestra
6. A New Silent Corporation – Odyssea
7. A Nice Day For An Earthquake – Seasons
8. A Sudden Burst Of Colour – Ambivalence
9. Across Waters – A House Not Built With Hands
10. After Osmosis – What Do You See When You Dream?
11. Alaskan – End
12. Alcest – Kodama
13. Alinda – Why Do You Twinkle
14. All India Radio – The Slow Light
15. All Shall Be Well – GEELZWART
16. All You’ve Seen – Translucence
17. A.M. Feelgood – Wisteria Trail
18. Am Fost La Munte Și Mi-A Plăcut – Susurul Râurilor Care Curg În Jos, Sau În Sus, Depinde Cum Te Uiți
19. Amiina – Fantomas
20. Ana Never – Long Turning
21. Anesthesia – An Infinite Winter, Vol. III: Neptune
22. ANIZVARA – ANIZVARA
23. Antier – De La Quimera, El Dolor
24. Arcade Messiah – Revolver
25. Arcadia Repeats – Human.Intelligence
26. Arctic Zelda – Involution
27. Artificial Waves – Heavy. Deep. Sad. Ironic.
28. As Seas Exhale – Voyager
29. Athletics – When To Run, Where To Hide
30. Atsuko Chiba – The Memory Empire
31. Au Revoir – Veles
32. Aura Form – Vesica Pisces
33. Autumn Creatures & Old Sport – Split
34. Be They Will Become/Stationaries – Split EP
35. Black Cloud – Sundogs
36. Black Hill & Heklaa – Rivers & Shores
37. Blueneck – The Outpost
38. Bombardier – Liminality
39. Bossk – Audio Noir
40. Build And Release – Build And Release
41. Calls – Refloating
42. Capillaries – Kenopsia (Side A)
43. Captains Of Sea And War – Remote
44. Caspian – Castles High, Marble Bright
45. Charun – STIGE
46. CHOK TOW Nation – CHOK TOW Nation
47. Ciempies – Nostalgia
48. City Of The Lost – Colors Fade Me In
49. Cleft – Wrong
50. Coastlands – To Be Found
51. Coconut Cluster – Brighter Days
52. Code I – Although We May Fall
53. Code I – Phosphenia
54. Cœur – Horizons
55. Cold, Cold Heart – How The Other Half Live And Die
56. Consciousness Removal Project – Tides Of Blood Pt. 2
57. Coronal Mass Ejection – Coronal Mass Ejection
58. Covarrubias – Covarrubias
59. Crippled Black Phoenix – Bronze
60. Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
61. Da Voile – Leere
62. Dan Caine & Musicformessier – Timelessness
63. Dankalia – A Timeless View
64. Davijius – Un Viaje
65. Daybringer – Parallellism
66. Dead Sea Apes – Soy Dios
67. Death & Rebirth – Taijitu
68. December – Alpha And Omega
69. Degraey – Chrysalis
70. Detroit Hills – Memory
71. Dialects – Audiotree Live
72. Distance – Second Coming
73. Downy – No Title 6
74. Droste – Droste EP
75. Duski – Duski
76. Echodrome – Leaving Trails
77. Echoes Of Silence – The Silence
78. Ef & Tiny Fingers – Vāyu EP
79. El Altar Del Holocausto – El Altar Del Holocausto
80. El Hombre Trajeado –  Fast Diagonal
81. El Lenguaje Como Obstáculo – I
82. Elephant & Centipede – Coils
83. Endless Dive – Endless Dive
84. Envoys – Bliss
85. Erydan – The Arc  
86. Esben And The Witch – Older Terrors
87. Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness
88. Fake Designers – Silent Revolution
89. Falcon Arrow – Cities Of Gold
90. Falconio – Features
91. Fall Of Messiah – Empty Colors
92. Far Behind The Sun – Transmission
93. Farfetch’d – Southern Skies Motel
94. Feather Child – Inner Self Absence
95. Feroces – Juliette
96. First Day On Mars – Silence And Distance
97. Fjord – Portrait For A Reflection
98. Flash The Readies – Kayos
99. Floating In Space – The Edge Of The Light
100. Fobia Inc. – Astral Seasons
101. Format – Empyrée
102. Fourteen Nights At Sea – Acres / No Capital
103. From Mountains – From Mountains
104. From Oceans To Autumn – Asleep At Sea-Ether
105. Fuchsen – Invenustus
106. FVNERALS – Wounds
107. Gates – Parallel Lives
108. Gather Your Quiet – Seven Years Without The Sun
109. Ghosts Of Sailors At Sea – Red Sky Morning
110. Go Run Donkey Hot! – Summerth
111. Goodbye, Kings – Vento
112. Goodbye, Titan – Daedalus
113. Grito – Swamp Thing
114. Grottos – Grottos EP
115. Hadoken – Hadoken
116. Hammock – Everything And Nothing
117. Harborlights – Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree
118. HEGY – 80 Miles Out & 6 Feet Under
119. Hello Porkins – A Vegetable Of Sounds
120. Hiboux – Night Flights
121. Hoggs Bison – Dog Party Call
122. Hors Sujet – Déclin
123. Horst – Never Two Without Three
124. I Like Trains – A Divorce Before Marriage
125. I Will Fight With Lions – Sun Breaks
126. I Will Kill Chita – Cargo Cult
127. If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones Of A Dying World
128. Immanu El – Hibernation
129. Imploding Stars – Mizar & Alcor - From Earth To The Universe
130. Indignu [Lat.] – Ophelia
131. Infinity Shred – Long Distance
132. Irtifakaybediyoruz! – Lala
133. Iteration – Moving Along X-Axis
134. Isahi – Separate But Coexisting
135. Islnds – History Of Robots
136. Iwantsummer – Milena
137. Jambinai – A Hermitage
138. Jardín De La Croix – Circadia
139. Jaundone – Jaundone
140. Jet Plane – Pipe Dream
141. Jizue – Story
142. John Bassett – Aperture
143. John, The Void – II
144. Jordaan – Theoretic
145. Junii – Animated Sun EP
146. Kalouv – Planar Sobre O Invisível
147. Kepzelt Varos – Köd
148. Khaldera – Alteration
149. KHARA –  There Were Heroes Amongst Us
150. Kid Ikarus – Playback Dreams
151. Kokomo – Monochrome Noise Love
152. Kovlo – Timelapse
153. Krobak – Nightbound
154. La Red Bullet – Origin Of Seeds
155. Labirinto – Gehenna
156. Larsen – Of Grog Vim
157. Late Night Venture – Pilots / Greetings
158. Les Discrets - Virée Nocturne
159. Lint – Then They Came For Us
160. Liquido Di Morte – II
161. LITE – Cubic
162. LITE & Mouse On The Keys – Split
163. Living Under Drones – Living Under Drones
164. Long Distance Calling – Trips
165. Longlake – Alaska
166. Lost In Kiev – Nuit Noire
167. Luckily I’m The Hunter – Novageist
168. Madebygrey – #Grief
169. Mainland Divide – Province Of The Mind
170. Malämmar – Vendetta
171. Mardemarmo – Mardemarmo
172. Medussa – 100 Millones De Años
173. Memoirs Of A Secret Empire – Vertigo
174. Meniscus – Refractions
175. Minoria – Electrify
176. Moanaa – Passage
177. Moise – Molokai
178. Mogwai – Atomic
179. Molecules To Minds – Ascent Into Insignificance
180. Molloy – Malone Dies
181. Mono – Requiem For Hell
182. Monograf – Horde
183. Moons Eat Stars – Exile
184. Morir Soñando – Entre La Rabia Y La Frustración
185. Morning Mode – Short Story.
186. Morphinist – Giants
187. Mothra – Decision Process
188. Mountain – Evolve
189. Mouth Of The Architect – Path Of Eight
190. Moving Structures – Awake
191. Mr Dog The Bear – Sharks And Butterflies
192. Muñeco – Teoría Del Cielo
193. Musgravite – Musgravite
194. Mustard Gas And Roses – Becoming
195. Mutesite – Re:Start
196. Myriad Drone – Demo EP
197. Naat – Naat
198. Nadja – The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife
199. Nebulae Come Sweet – It Is Not The Night That Covers You
200. Neila – Tronos Ardiendo
201. Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
202. No Grave Like The Sea – Estelle
203. Noir Reva – Nuance
204. North – Light The Way
205. NYOS – Haikara
206. Obscure Sphinx – Epitaphs
207. Oddarrang – Agartha
208. ODDHUMS – The Inception
209. Ohne-Ká And The Burning River – Tree Lines And Birth Rights
210. Old Seas / Young Mountains – Vanishing Lights
211. Old Solar – SPEAK
212. Oldernar – All Four Waves
213. One For Apocalypse – UMBRA
214. Oort Cloud – Oort Cloud
215. Origami JP – 車窓から(Trains) EP
216. ORSO – Primi Piatti
217. Other Mountains – Glassell EP
218. Our Smallest Adventures – The Quiet Terror Of Being Alive
219. Out Of Sight – It’s Time EP
220. Overhead, The Albatross – Learning To Growl
221. OVUM – Nostalgia
222. Partholon – Follow Me Through Body
223. People As Places As People – For The Time Being
224. Pettersson – Rift And Seam
225. Phantom Winter – Sundown Pleasures
226. Pg.Lost – Versus
227. Plog – Charon
228. Phonopsia – Again And Again
229. Poly-Math – Melencolia
230. Pray For Sound – Everything Is Beautiful
231. Random Forest – Panoramic
232. Ranges – The Gods Of The Copybook Headings
233. Release The Long Ships – Holocene
234. Retrograde Motion – Here On Earth
235. RLYR – Delayer
236. Rue Des Cascades – Odes To Love, Flames To Paris
237. Russian Circles – Guidance
238. Saar – Sol
239. Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet – Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet
240. Sannhet – Young Death
241. Science Against Spheric Silence – Layers
242. Sea Hero – Graustark
243. Seas Of Years – The Ever Shifting Fields
244. Seeming Emptiness – Heavy Rain
245. Seeress – Many Worlds
246. Senzafine – Macchina Spirituale
247. Seven Nines And Tens – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Slums
248. SHINIGAMI – The Green EP
249. Shipwreck Karpathos – Bring Down The Sky
250. Show Me A Dinosaur – Show Me A Dinosaur
251. Showpony – Arrow Smith
252. Signal From Europa – Dusty Monuments
253. Signal Hill – Alturas
254. Sioum – Yet Further
255. Sixth Minor – Amygdalae
256. Sky Flying By – Similis
257. Skylines – Faithful By Night
258. Sleep Dealer – Aurora
259. Somniferous – The Non-Somniac
260. Somniferous – Friend To The Fall
261. Sonnöv – Caballo Perdedor
262. Sow – Route Of Migratory
263. Speaker Gain Teardrop – Cluster Migration
264. Sphaeras – Sun Seeker
265. Spiral – Bullets
266. Springfield – Tides
267. Spruce Trap – The Wise Prefer To Perish
268. Square Peg Round Hole – Juniper
269. Standing In The Colour – Singularity
270. Star Of Heaven – Vinter 2015
271. Stars As Lights – Constellations
272. Stems – Severance
273. Steve Strong – Ghost Writing For Kano
274. Suffocate For Fuck Sake – In My Blood
275. Sumac – What One Becomes
276. Summer Effect – Afterlife
277. Summit – The Winds That Forestall Thy Return
278. Sunset Wrecks – Salvaged
279. Surya – Apocalypse A.D.
280. Swans – The Glowing Man
281. Swirrl – Desolated Panorama
282. Syberia – Resiliency
283. Te’ – 『閾』
284. Temples – Ladəs
285. Tenaya – Wanderlust
286. Tfvsjs – 在 Zoi
287. That Deafening Silence – The Next Side
288. The Azure Vault – The Trials Of Aleksander Black
289. The Basement Paintings – Mystic
290. The Day We Left Earth – To The Shores
291. The Earth & Me – The Earth & Me
292. The Ever Living – The Ever Living
293. The Great Cold – The Great Cold
294. The Great Went – Youneedityougotit
295. The Ills – Ornamental Or Mental
296. The Impala – The Gods Keep Us On The Ground
297. The Last Day Of Winter – Bears
298. The Lunch – Doin’ Stuff
299. The Mercury Program – New Myths
300. The Nest Itself – EP2
301. The New Geometry – The New Geometry EP
302. The Orchid – Apogee, Perigee
303. The Random Monsters – We Pretend It’s All Right
304. The Seraphim Project – Journeys & Destinations
305. The Seven Mile Journey – Templates For Mimesis
306. The Silence Of A Whisper – Rebirth
307. Thisquietarmy – The New Testament
308. Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthlings
309. Thrones – Transparency
310. Thunderclaw – Thunderclaw
311. Tides From Nebula – Safehaven
312. Tired Taped Machine – Sunshine, Maybe
313. Tomoreaux – At Peace, Overlook
314. Tom’s Story – Tom’s Story
315. Tomydeepestego – TMDE
316. TONE – Antares
317. Tortoise – The Catastrophist
318. Totorro – Come To Mexico
319. Tölva – Wide Shot
320. Trna – Lose Yourself To Find Peace
321. Troika – My Brain Is A Receiver
322. Trucitate – A New World
323. Turedure Narinishi Amagumo – Syozo EP
324. Ulan Bator – Abracadabra
325. Ursa Bardo – Ursa Bardo
326. Valerinne – Monumenta
327. Vasa – Burst Open
328. Visceral Skies – Wormhole Karma
329. Viva Belgrado – Ulises
330. Volkan – Volkan
331. Vy Pole – Woven Trail
332. Wang Wen – Sweet Home, Go!
333. Way 98 – Comienzos De Otoño
334. We Deserve This – Danger! Danger! Danger!
335. We Were Heading North – We Were Heading North
336. Wichita – The Following
337. Windmills By The Ocean – The Gahste EP
338. Windsor Airlift – The Moon’s House
339. Wings Of The Isang – Stream Of Consciousness
340. Wolfredt – Neverno
341. World’s End Girlfriend – Last Waltz
342. Wrekmeister Harmonies – Light Falls
343. Yet To See A Yeti – Speakeasy My Friend
344. Yndi Halda – Under Summer
345. Yong Belar – Menular EP
346. Your Protected – Kings Of Summer
347. Ze’ev – Kismet

BEST NEW ACTS

1. Am Fost La Munte Și Mi-a Plăcut: aflmsmp.bandcamp.com
2. ANIZVARA: anizvara.bandcamp.com 
3. Antier: antier.bandcamp.com 
4. Arcadia Repeats: arcadiarepeatsofficial.bandcamp.com 
5. Build And Release: buildandrelease.bandcamp.com
6. Calls: calls.bandcamp.com
7. CHOK TOW Nation: choktownation.bandcamp.com
8. Coconut Cluster: coconutcluster.bandcamp.com 
9. Cœur: coeursounds.bandcamp.com
10. Cold, Cold Heart: cold-cold-heart.bandcamp.com
11. Coronal Mass Ejection: cmebandofficial.bandcamp.com
12. Covarrubias: covarrubias.bandcamp.com 
13. Davijius:  davijius.bandcamp.com
14. Death & Rebirth: deathandrebirthofficial.bandcamp.com
15. Degraey: degraey.bandcamp.com
16. Distance: distance-rus.bandcamp.com
17. Droste: drosteband.bandcamp.com 
18. Duski: duskimusic.co.uk
19. Endless Dive: endlessdive.bandcamp.com
20. El Lenguaje Como Obstáculo: elco.bandcamp.com
21. Elephant & Centipede: elephantcentipede.bandcamp.com 
22. Falconio: falconio.bandcamp.com
23. Far Behind the Sun: fbts.bandcamp.com 
24. Feather Child: featherchild.bandcamp.com
25. Feroces: soundcloud.com/f-roces-band 
26. Floating In Space: deepelmdigital.com/album/the-edge-of-the-light 
27. Fobia Inc.: soundcloud.com/fobiainc
28. Format: formatmusique.bandcamp.com
29. From Mountains: frommountains.bandcamp.com 
30. Gather Your Quiet: gatheryourquiet.bandcamp.com
31. Go Run Donkey Hot!: gorundonkeyhot.bandcamp.com
32. Grito: gritoficial.bandcamp.com
33. HEGY: hegy.bandcamp.com
34. Hello Porkins: helloporkins.bandcamp.com
35. Hiboux: hibouxband.bandcamp.com
36. Hoggs Bison: hoggsbison.bandcamp.com
37. I Will Fight With Lions: iwillfightwithlions.bandcamp.com 
38. Islnds: islnds.bandcamp.com
39. Irtifakaybediyoruz!: soundcloud.com/ikband/sets/lala 
40. JaunDone: jaundone.bandcamp.com
41. Junii: junii1.bandcamp.com
42. KHARA: khara.bandcamp.com 
43. Living Under Drones: livingunderdrones.bandcamp.com 
44. Luckily I’m The Hunter: luckilyimthehunter.bandcamp.com 
45. Malämmar: malammar.bandcamp.com
46. Mardemarmo: mardemarmo.bandcamp.com 
47. Minoria: minoriamusic.bandcamp.com 
48. Moise: moise1.bandcamp.com
49. Molecules To Minds: moleculestominds.com
50. Monograf: soundcloud.com/monograf 
51. Morir Soñando: morirsonnando.bandcamp.com
52. Morning Mode: morningmode.bandcamp.com 
53. Mothra: mothrasound.bandcamp.com
54. Mountain: mountainband.bandcamp.com 
55. Moving Structures: movingstructures.bandcamp.com 
56. Musgravite: musgravite.bandcamp.com
57. Mutesite: mutesite.bandcamp.com
58. Myriad Drone: myriaddrone.bandcamp.com
59. Naat: naat.bandcamp.com
60. Nebulae Come Sweet: nebulaecomesweet.bandcamp.com 
61. No Grave Like The Sea: nogravemusic.com
62. Noir Reva: noirreva.bandcamp.com 
63. ODDHUMS: oddhums.bandcamp.com 
64. Old Solar: oldsolarmusic.bandcamp.com
65. Oldernar: oldernar.bandcamp.com
66. ORSO: orsoband.bandcamp.com 
67. Partholon: partholonian.bandcamp.com 
68. People As Places As People: peopleasplacesaspeople.bandcamp.com 
69. Retrograde Motion: retrogrademotion.bandcamp.com
70. RLYR: magicbulletrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rlyr-delayer
71. Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet: sagorsomledermotslutet.bandcamp.com
72. Shipwreck Karpathos: shipwreckkarpathos.bandcamp.com
73. Somniferous: somniferous.bandcamp.com
74. Star Of Heaven: starofheaven.bandcamp.com
75. Surya: surya-band.bandcamp.com
76. Swirrl: swirrl.bandcamp.com
77. Tenaya: tenaya.bandcamp.com
78. That Deafening Silence: thatdeafeningsilence.bandcamp.com
79. The Azure Vault: theazurevault.bandcamp.com 
80. The Earth & Me: theearthandme.bandcamp.com
81. The Ever Living: theeverliving.bandcamp.com 
82. The Great Cold: thegreatcold.bandcamp.com
83. The Last Day Of Winter: thelastdayofwinter.bandcamp.com 
84. The New Geometry: thenewgeometry.bandcamp.com
85. Thrones:  throneswi.bandcamp.com
86. Thunderclaw: thunderclaw.bandcamp.com
87. Tomoreaux: tomoreaux.bandcamp.com
88. Tom’s Story: tomsstory.bandcamp.com
89. Tölva: tolvaband.bandcamp.com
90. Volkan: volkan.bandcamp.com
91. Way 98: way-98.bandcamp.com 
92. We Were Heading North: wewereheadingnorth.bandcamp.com
93. Ze’ev: zeev.bandcamp.com


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32′ of mist and mud. disc B of the upcoming Folder #06. out December 9, 2016. the volume settings folder.

Hiding
  • Hiding
  • Pianos Become The Teeth
  • Touche Amore/Pianos Become The Teeth
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Pianos Become The Teeth - Hiding

“But the house gets so quiet 
Sitting here wishing for just an hour or two, alone with you
Well, it’s always too personal,
Always too close to comment.
They all mention how tired you look
And you realize you haven’t said a word in hours
Well, who’s hiding it?
Who the hell is hiding it?”

Liquid Courage
  • Liquid Courage
  • Pianos Become The Teeth
  • The Lack Long After
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On the day you died I cut my hair for the funeral
And on memorial day, I started drinking
Because it got kind of hard just sitting there thinking,
About mom all alone in that house 
And I’m too far away to do our lunch dates
She misses the regimen,
She misses the annoyances
The free time is bittersweet