Travelogue 2014: Top Ten Modern Classical

Nostalgia and modernity meet in this category as each artist performs their musical alchemy with a menagerie of bowed & strung instruments, piano, or voice combined with only the most discreet use of electronics and percussion. Expressive minimalism, elegant compositions, and sublime beauty abound in these ten outstanding albums released in 2014.

Aaron Martin
Comet’s Coma [Eilean Rec.]

‘Lost to Light’ by Aaron Martin

Poppy Ackroyd
Feathers [Denovali]

‘Salt’ by Poppy Ackroyd

Keaton Henson
Romantic Works [Eilean Rec.]

‘Field’ by Keaton Henson (feat. Ren Ford)

Otto A Totland 
Romantic Works [Eilean Rec.]

‘Seveen’ by Otto A Totland

A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Atomos [Erased Tapes]

‘Atomos VI’ by A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Hildur Guðnadóttir
Saman [Touch.]

‘Baer’ by Hildur Guðnadóttir

Islands of Light
Ruebke [Home Normal]

‘Joses’ by Islands of Light

Christina Vantzou
No.2 [Kranky]

‘Going Backwards to Recover That Which Was Left Behind’ by Christina Vantzou

Bruno Sanfilippo
ClarOscuro [Ad21]

‘Movement of the Grass’ by Bruno Sanfilippo

Tess Said So
I Did That Tomorrow [Preserved Sound]

‘Intervention’ by Tess Said So