I’ve decided to once-again reformat my end-of-year summaries. This year I’ll be doing a series of five posts: This explanation, a list-format post with ten favorites, and three individual posts on my top three albums.
Now that that’s out of way, I’d like to start this off with a brief spiel about a release I have to exclude from my favorites due to minor conflicts of interest, Joe Panzner’s Clearing, Polluted.
This is one of the most adventurous offerings of 2011, but my exceptionally close ties to Joe (in a scene where close ties are fairly commonplace) make it hard for me to accurately hold it against other albums I enjoyed this year. To say it is one of my favorites would be a vast understatement, but that comes from an admittedly biased position.
If you're still willing to take my word after all that, I definitely suggest you head over to Copy for Your Records and grab a copy. If you are interested in my work, the Scenic Railroads project Joe and I have together, or harsh computer works in the style of Haswell, Drumm, and Ottavi, please check this album out.