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