Today we’re happy to publish the results of the 5th annual Listener’s Choice poll, hosted by the Post-rock Facebook page, which has reached out to the fans and returned with an overview of what most compelled them this year. It should be pointed out that this is not an attempt to place artists in competition with one another, but simply to compile a strong list of releases in one place, giving readers the opportunity to both revel in their favorites and discover material they may have missed to this point.
Readers may notice that not all of the artists on this list are strictly post-rock. Instead, the polls are run to broaden our view to musicians who feature post-rock elements and therefore may have an appeal for fans of the genre.
You may notice three themes while combing through this list. First, as is to be expected, the more established artists receive a large share of the votes. Easy as it may be to roll one’s eyes at this, what it does is help to give an indicator of which well-known acts put their best foot forward with their newest material. Second, there are bands who have been around for a while that took major strides forward in 2016 – bands like Lost in Kiev, Meniscus, Pray For Sound and more have certainly made a case this year that they deserve to be in the conversation when it comes to top-of-the-line bands. Third, there are new artists who made significant statements right out of the gate. In particular, you’ll find that both Signal From Europa and Tom’s Story got their feet in their door in emphatic fashion, with their first LPs both landing in the 20’s.
Huge thanks to the Post-rock Facebook page and 14,374 fans who took part in this process, for supporting the kinds of compelling alternative music that we cover here at Arctic Drones. We hope you enjoy The 50 Best Releases of 2016, and that it leads you on a path to even more discoveries.
Words by David Zeidler
(1) RUSSIAN CIRCLES – GUIDANCE
(2) IF THESE TREES COULD TALK – THE BONES OF A DYING WORLD
(3) EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – THE WILDERNESS
(4) MOGWAI – ATOMIC
(5) MONO – REQUIEM FOR HELL
(6) SWANS – THE GLOWING MAN
(7) 65DAYSOFSTATIC – NO MAN’S SKY: MUSIC FOR AN INFINITE UNIVERSE
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(8) CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS – MARINER
(9) YNDI HALDA – UNDER SUMMER
(10) TIDES FROM NEBULA – SAFEHAVEN
(11) ALCEST – KODAMA
(12) CASPIAN – CASTLES HIGH, MARBLE BRIGHT
(13) PG.LOST – VERSUS
(14) NEUROSIS – FIRES WITHIN FIRES
(15) HAMMOCK – EVERYTHING AND NOTHING
(16) LOST IN KIEV – NUIT NOIRE
(17) JAMBINAI – A HERMITAGE