Surprise, this year is as exhausting as the previous one. There are a handful of good things happening here and there, one of the more consistent things are good music getting released basically every week. To keep track, The Noise Of has your back!

Bent Knee – Frosting

November 5 // Take This To Heart Records

I was definitely not expecting that. After the last two Bent Knee were kind of lukewarm experiences for me, the band is back with a rainbow-colored, noisy bang in the form of Frosting, which marks the highlight of their career so far!

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Glassing – Twin Dream

November 5 // Brutal Panda Records

Glassing continue to be fucking heavy and relentless. Twin Dream is an impressive display of a band which defies categorization into certain genres, playing what they feel is right. There are surprising sprinkles of Converge and Dillinger throughout its runtime on top.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Joan as Police Woman – The Solution is Restless

November 5 // Reveal Records

Joan Wasser gathered a fantastic team of musicians to create The Solution is Restless, most prominently the late Tony Allen. Her new album feels so real, the improvising character shining through as fresh and honest, without being messy. Not only her best album yet, but one of the best records of the year.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Churchburn – Genocidal Rite

November 5 // Translation Loss Records

They were tons of great albums in the ‘real heavy’ department this year, so it didn’t surprised me at all that Genocidal Rite didn’t stir up any buzz. Which is a shame, since Chuchburn created a disgustingly filthy sludge monster, full of black metal rawness and bleak moments of rage.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Pili Coït – Love everywhere

November 12 // Dur et Doux

I’m still raving about Pink Noise, an album dear to my heart. To have Pili Coït back with their new album Love everywhere is very welcomed, and I appreciate hearing that the duo became even weirder and more special. Somewhere between post punk, folk, and indie, but with a lot of strange ideas gluing everything masterfully together.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Delta Sleep – Spring Island

November 12 // Sofa Boy Records

What’s left to say about Delta Sleep? They are one of my favorite bands around, juggling an impressive track record of phenomenal releases with a charming, slacker-esque ‘it just happened to be so good’ attitude. Spring Island is their first record under their own label, and it shows a band sticking to what makes them so great, while adding new layers of psychy, trippy elements into their art. Fuck, why they are so good?

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

All The Luck In The World – How The Ash Felt

November 12 // Independent

 I didn’t expect such greatness from this record, to be honest. But I’m always happy to get surprised. On the surface, this is just some indie folk album from a bunch of guys, yet somehow they managed to interweave amazing artsy and psychedelic elements, focusing on a mesmerizing narrative and great sound design.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic

November 12 // Aftermath/Atlantic Records

The moment “Leave the Door Open” dropped earlier this year, we all knew that we were in for a treat. Waiting for an album coming from the collaboration between Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, and after getting teased with some more fantastic singles and accompanying videos, An Evening With Silk Sonic gave me what I wanted: A collection of phenomenally written and gorgeously produced songs of the year.

Youtube // Review

Sega Bodega – Romeo

November 12 // Supernature

Did I ever express how much I love the term ‘art pop’? Often enough, I just use it to describe music which is rooted in pop music, but went into so much transformation that’s it’s barely recognizable anymore. I love the term because it has a certain vibe of freedom. Sega Bodega obviously enjoys this freedom, since Romeo is such an expressive and diverse album. Absolutely stunning, even.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Rosie Lowe & Duval Timothy – SON

November 12 // Carrying Colour

Sit down, put your best pair of headphones on and let SON wash over you. In one of the most intimate and closest records I’ve heard in a while, Lowe and Timothy created an immersive gem, far away from every stylistic categorization.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy

November 12 // Domino Recordings Company

Prolific electronica artist Jon Hopkins finally and fully caught my interest with his sixth studio album Music For Psychedelic Therapy. I always enjoyed his music, but never made past just one spin. It’s hard to pinpoint what made his newest effort different or better than his previous work, but Hopkins somehow managed to make this experience both lighter and more complex.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Irreversible Entanglements – Open The Gates

November 12 // International Anthem

Camae Ayewa already impressed me with her latest Moor Mother release, now she and her peers in Irreversible Entanglements are fancy enough to make jazz even more interesting in 2021. Open The Gates lives and breathes improvisation and artistic freedom, dancing and grooving with compelling grooves and intricate arrangements.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Blankenberge – Everything

November 14 // Independent

From Russia, with love. Blankenberge first appeared on my radar with their 2019’s record More, which I loved. To have them back with a new record was extremely exciting, and while Everything doesn’t take a huge steps forward, it delivers the same kind of magic the band already established on their previous releases.

Bandcamp // Youtube

John Thayer – Supermundane

November 19 // Moon Villain

Percussion-heavy IDM with binaural sound design? Fuck yes! Ever since I fell in love with Kilchhofer‘s Moto Perpetuo, I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. Supermundane delivers on many levels here, and I can’t count how many times I got totally lost in its soundscapes.


Ben Lamar Gay – Opem Arms to Open Us

November 19 // International Anthem

Open Arms to Open Us encapsulated everything I love about jazz. Artistry without boundaries, reflecting styles and meshing the wildest ideas together. Ben Lamar Gay created a stunning amalgamation of his myriad of influences, and his newest album just breathes authenticity and character.

Bandcamp // Youtube

soup – Visions

November 19 // Independent

Back in 2017 when I stumbled upon soup‘s previous record Remedies, I was into it right from the spot. I always appreciate a clever use of vocals in post rock, and soup did it so damn good. Fast forward to November 2021, and the new album Visions dropped onto my plate. I wasn’t impressed, and that bugged me. This time around, the album just needed a bit more more time for me to appreciate the more classic prog vibe, but when it clicked….DAMN.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Converge & Chelsea Wolfe – Bloodmoon: I

November 19 // Epitaph

Fuck, who would have expected that? Converge made me like Chelsea Wolfe? Wild times we’re living it. Converge‘s track record is nothing short of impressive, releasing highlight after highlight, and they didn’t stop that trend with Bloodmoon: I. One of the best things happening in music in 2021.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Makaya McCraven – Deciphering The Message

November 19 // Blue Note Records

Makaya McCraven (who is a badass percussionist) has quite a few fantastic album under his belt, most notably 2015’s In The Moment, which is a masterpiece. Deciphering The Message mixed McCraven’s contemporary version of jazz and combines it with samples of old school jazz. And it works just fucking good.


Charles Rumback – Seven Bridges

November 19 // Astral Spirits

I’m just gonna quote myself here: I wanna die wrapped in jazz. As always, Charles Rumback shows how effortlessly he combines smoothness with a creeping and unnerving subtext of composition. Mesmerizing and intricate, Seven Bridges lures you in just to show you that this magical forest is full of meat-eating plants and free-jazzing wolves.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Plebeian Grandstand – Rien ne suffit

November 19 // Debemur Morti Records

This is some of the most abrasive shit I’ve heard all year. Plebeian Grandstand are no strangers in delivering hellish displays of noise, and with Rien ne suffit they probably delivered their best work yet. Just listen to it.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon – Beautifully Black

November 24 // Jewelry Rap

Beautifully Black just fucking blew me away, plain and simple. When I put it on, I’ve expected it to be just another weird hip hop album, but it’s so much more than that. Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon is such a charismatic and intriguing rapper, who delivered one of the most memorable efforts in the genre.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Kreationist – Dans L’Interminable

November 26 // I, Voidhanger Records

There is something truly special about Dans L’InterminableI, The Voidhanger delievered some of the most unique metal records of the year AGAIN, with Kreationist being one of the most fascinating ones. An absolute belter if you want your black metal a bit twisted!


Imperialist – Zenith

November 26 // Transcending Obscurity Records

Cosmic black metal which is actually good beyond its premise? Woah, that’s surprising. Imperialist‘s newest album Zenith slaps and plays rather delicately with the whole cosmic approach. While the production can be a bit rough here and there, it’s thick and emulates the feeling of a spacey void with expertise.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Voices – Breaking the Trauma Bond

November 26 // Church Road Records

London-based post black metal Voices got my attention earlier this year with their EP An Audience of Mannequins, and with that and a signing to our mates in Church Road Records, their full-length Breaking the Trauma Bond was highly anticipated. And it delivered.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Cynic – Ascension Codes

November 26 // Season Of Mist

There is so much to say about this album. How Cynic have built up one of most enjoyable and engaging discographies in music. How only Paul Masvidal was able to create this spacey and meditative experience which is Ascensions Codes with authenticity and a nearly therapeutic power. Or how this project just keep evolving. I’m very thankful to have Cynic in my life.

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

R.A.P. Ferreira – the Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures

November 26 // Ruby Yacht

Rory Allen Philip Ferreira amazes fans of conscious/jazzy hip hop for over a decade by now, and I can easily name him as one of my favorite figures in rap. Ferreira closes the year with the Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures, and added himself once again to my AOTY list.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Apollo Brown & Stalley – Blacklight

November 26 // Mello Music Group

I always try to check out Apollo Brown‘s production, because they usually always have charm. Blacklight isn’t groundbreaking stuff, but a good and cozy hip hop album for in-between.

Bandcamp // Youtube

Bosudongcooler – Sand

November 30 // Boiler Records

This is some very sweet Korean indie/dream pop and of course I’m putting this on here. Beautiful and full of neat little details.


Thanks for scrolling.

Toni Meese

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