TWENTY!! Goddamn right. The Top Drone list could no longer be contained by the traditional 10. I’m not doing 20 because there was just too much awesome drone this year. While that’s true, it’s also true every year. No, I’m doing it because there were so few standout albums. Everything was so fucking awesome it’s like everyone juiced their skills but were all stopped by a glass ceiling or something. I mean my Top 5 are almost interchangeable. Well, not really, but sort of.
So, as usual, this list is about my personal favorite droners. Nothing objective going on. And, like AGB in general, I tend to favor the under-represented. And I don’t usually allow reissues, but I had to bend the rules a bit for no other reason than that one reissue is so, so fucking good and I didn’t know it was a reissue until I started making this list.
And you know I only write about the highest quality shit. So anything that was posted this year and tagged as Drone is basically just as good as everything you’ll see on this list. So browse that genre if you’re still jonesing for some more drone.
Onto the list!
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Total Life – Bender (Debacle)
Total fucking perfection right here. Growing’s Kevin Doria has stepped back up to the Total Life plate now that Growing is on a hiatus of sorts, bringing a minimalism too rarely seen these days. This is drone lovers’ drone, a pulsing electronic raga sounding like Dan Friel if he studied under Pandit Pran Nath, like watching a monk meditate in a strobe light, taking a few tones and pushing them until they smear together, indistinguishable from everything else, until you see the light shine through and forms appear, not because it’s fucking with your mind (although it does that, too) but because it’s an organic shapeshifter, solid becomes liquid, a visceral hypnosis, you wake up at the end of the record with no memory of time passing and hoping these sounds will lead you to enlightenment. So glad Doria is back with this project. As far as I know, he’s got at least two more records coming out this year, including a split on Important with Deceh (which is a match made in heaven) so looks like we’re in for some more awesome fucking drone in the near future. Get psyched.