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It's been a good year for independent music in general. Many artists and labels online are now reaching fans with ease ,thanks to sites like Bandcamp where some albums are digital downloads. After many repeated listens, I  present my 30 favourite albums of 2015 -surely some of your own favourites are missing. The choice was hard to make because the alternative underground music scene was fertile and prolific. On another day, the order could swap around a bit (with the exception of the number 1 album, which I really think is just the best). 30 choices in synth,cold wave,dark wave ,experimental and so on…dark alternative music  I would say.After my list ,Mary Vareli’s list is following with her selections in folk-ethereal genre. 


NOVEMBER NOVELET-THE WORLD IN DEVOTION(Galakthorrö)
A minimalistic, gloomy masterpiece by Mr. and Mrs. Arafna, mixing up influences of minimal wave and industrial pop. Fragile ghostly melodies full of melancholy, couched in deep black analogue electronics.



WHISPERING SONS-ENDLESS PARTY(Wool-e-tapes)
Second ep by the Belgian band  and a great mixture of dark,atmospheric cold wave and shoegaze music.The ep is availiable on digital download and on cassette.



ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF-THE MIRACULOUS(City Slang / Other Music)
The Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna von Hausswolff releases her 3rd album presenting a  breathless post rock full of contrasts.




THE DREAM COLLISION-LIFE IS A SEA
Another masterpiece by Pedro Code’s personal project. An album full of melancholy driven by Pedro’s emotional vocals .



CHELSEA WOLFE-ABYSS(Sargent house)
Chelsea Wolfe came back with a bleak, beautiful masterpiece.Now more than ever, Wolfe’s deathly gloom matches her music succinctly. 



KRIISTAL ANN-CULTURAL BLEEDING(Wave rec.)
Kriistal Ann’s  third full-length solo album and perhaps her best effort so far. Nine songs that combine the minimal synth sound with ethereal dark melodies .



FACTICE FACTORY-NADA
Cold wave, minimal wave and post punk at its best .The Swiss/French band releases a dark, claustrophobic album with a great range of German, English and French vocals.



DOUBLE ECHO-LA  DANZA(Gothic Music)
The best effort by the band Liverpool. A perfect mix of cold wave and ethereal sounds driven by great female and male vocals and creating a nostalgic feeling.



LUMINANCE-SANS VISAGE(Manic Depression)
The one-man project from Brussels creates a brilliant electronic dirge, that floats between oldschool ebm, cold wave and synth.



BLACK EGG-MELENCOLIA(Aufnahmeund+Wiedergabe)
Minimalistic drum beats, coming from retro drum machines, analogue synthesizers, distorted voices and noises, experimental loops , hypnotizing dark atmosphere.UsherSan  and Corina Nenuphar creates an  occultistic musical journey. A high quality album.



THE SOFT MOON-DEEPER(Captured tracks)
With ‘Deeper’ Vasquez has distilled The Soft Moon's sound into something even more severe.An album genuinely expressive and creative merging together industrial aggression and abrasive electronics.



FOREVER GREY- BOUNDARIES(Bat-cave production)

The duo from Michigan compiles their best songs from cassetes in a cd format.Intelligent cold wave and a perfect combination male and female vocals.



LEBANON HANOVER-BESIDES THE ABYSS(Fabrica)
Dark hypnotic post-punk with a swelling, romantic heart.



SCHONWALD-BETWEEN PARALLEL  LIGHTS(Manic depression / Anywave)
The Italian duo creates a superb blend of gothgaze and dark electro pop driven by chaotic synths , a reverberating rhythm section and guitar layers .



LOVE IN PRAGUE-FALLEN ANGELS(Unknown pleasures rec.)
The French duo creates 9 songs  drawing on cold wave, dream pop and post-punk genre creating an ethereal and gloomy atmosphere.



TEMPERS-SERVICES (Aufnahmeund+Wiedergabe)
A post-punk inspired electro-pop of the 80’s, warm synth tones and drum machine backbeats. The 10 beautiful songs are catchy and some of them club-friendly.



ORTROTASCE-MONUMENT OF EXISTENCE
Nic Hamersly releases another great compilation with songs driven by cold wave synths ,dizzying sequences and spectral vocals.




PEINE PERDUE-DISPARITIONS(Medical rec.)
The 3rd album by  the French-German duo.Coco Gallo and Stephane Argillet release another cold, hypnotic and minimalistic masterpiece.




NAO KATAFUCHI-EMERGENCE(Sub culture/Anna logue /Nadanna)
The Japanese artist create songs with straight synthetic analogic-vintage patterns and a more engaging and fast rhythm  inspired by the music of the 80’s.



DRIFT.-BLACK DEVOTION(Avant! Rec)
Nathalia Bruno’s solo work certainly carries  a mixture of ethereal,dark and shoegaze music.Certainly, the project’s initial release is recommended to  fans of dark, gloomy wave and hypnotic music that has a certain high standard of quality.





BLEIB MODERN-ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR(Wave rec.)
Post-punk ,shoegazing guitars and passionate male vocals. The German band releases their first album -an excellent dark musical gem.




CHARNIER-ST(Wool-e tapes)
Another band from Brussels.Six songs-a perfect sample of post punk and cold wave music.




QUAL-SABLE(Avant!rec.)
William Maybelline’ s personal project presents 10 songs that follow oldschool electro ,cold wave ,post punk paths and intense lyricism driven by strong male vocals.





SELOFAN-TRISTESSE(Fabrica)
The second full-length album by the Athens based electro-minimal duet .Listening to his album we will meet old school dark wave and synthpunk, poetry,avant garde and romantic sensibility.




L’AVENIR-ETOILES(Cold beats rec)
 Jason Sloan creates another great hypnotic synth minimal wave album.



BEWITCHED AS DARK-3 albums
The one-woman  project based on Turkey  released 3 digital download albums in 2015 .All compositions combine dark wave and dark electro sounds with tribal and ambient soundscapes  delivered by deep sometimes ethereal ,sometimes otherworldly female vocals.



AFTERMATH 6 6 6 6 - AFTERMATH(Black verb rec.)
Philipp Läufer solo project. The 8 songs are a perfect sample of experimental shoegaze,dark wave,industrial music creating a  gloomy atmosphere .



ORCHIDEE NOIRE-INSOMNIE FAIRE
The French one-man project released this 4-song ep -a blend of harmonic, lush synths and emotional vocals.



POLICE DES MOEURS - CEUX QUI RESTENT 2Xlp(Mannequin)
Montreal synth quartet returns with their second effort presenting dynamic polished synth sounds,retro-chic and fast-paced electropop.



PARADOX OBSCUR-ANACRUSIS(Peripheral minimal)
The second lp from the Greek duo,a nice sample of analogue minimal electronics and dancable rythms .




list by Rise&Fall (Transmission Radioshow)



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The idea “best releases” is a tricky one, not just because everything is a matter of personal taste, but mainly because the historical importance or even the artwork  of a release  surpass other elements. This is a selection of my personal "best releases", always subjective, always incomplete, when talking about something so vital and hard to grasp as music.

DAY BEFORE US - PRÉLUDE À L’ÂME D’ÉLÉGIE / OPN
The fifth release of Day Before Us,  neoclassical, cold  and dark, full of  exulted  poetical  feelings  and  lyricism. Mystical resonance, ambient textures and compelling  minor-key  melodies,  recitatives and vocal  parts  in  various languages, written and performed by Jessica Peace,  Natalya  Romashina  and  Davide  Riccio. 



IRFAN – THE ETERNAL RETURN / PRIKOSNOVÉNIE
Beautiful and profound album, with Denitza Seraphim, Irfan’s original female singer.  A mix of somber male and female vocals flowing over the downtempo percussion and myriad of instruments and some acapella moments. 



GAË BOLG – PETIT MANUEL DE GYMNOSOPHIE APPLIQUÉE / LE CLURICAUN
Dirty, mad and furious, recorded live in Nyon, Switzerland, 2009, top sound quality. A selection of recent Gymnosophe’s tracks, plus the older Ceremonial  (of La ballade de l’Ankou) and unreleased Lothar.



ALLERSEELEN – TERRA INCOGNITA / AORTA
Industrial, electronic, metal, flamenco, and  sometimes jazzy sound, following Allerseelen’s familiar pattern of authors, philosophers, and film directors again here, after more than 25 years of quality. The listener is guided via the titles of the tracks t a transcendental journey.



VERNEY 1826 - THE GHOSTS OF YESTERDAY / LICHTERKLANG
Orchestral arrangements, neoclassical  and martial influences and numerous guest musicians, such as Schattenspiel, Bjarkan Ar Valda, The Victim's Ball. A very atmospheric release.



MARS - WHISPERS /THE PYRES
Double digital single Whispers/Pyres. “Whispers” by Oliver F.’s unique voice and guitar play,  while “Pyres” is performed by Marcus S.‘s more ritualistic approach. A unique sound between Apocalyptic folk and darkest Americana.



NATURE AND ORGANISATION – SNOW LEOPARD MESSIAH / TRISOL
Reissue of  “Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude” and “Death in a Snow Leopard Winter”. Classical, acoustic and industrial elements in 2 special gold coloured CDs, new artwork by Cashmore. Bonus tracks: “A dozen Summers against the World” and “To You”.



DIE WEISSE ROSE – WHITE ROSES IN BLOOM IN KYIV / OLD CAPTAIN
“Puissant vigour, true honour”. Part of “The Honour of Silence” 2015 tour with Death in June. Line-up: Thomas Bøjden, Kim Larsen (Of The Wand & The Moon) and Gary Carey (Joy of Life).  Classical tracks and Ukrainian folk melody that became a lament song during Ukrainian Revolution of 2013-2014.


ATARAXIA – ENA / INFINITE FOG PRODUCTIONS
Limited edition with a 2 hours DVD, these rare live shootings were taken from 1991 to 2014 tours. Plus Limited Edition carved wooden box edition with Limited A5 Digibook CD+DVD version, jewelcase version, a special card with paintings by Alessandra Nicoli. Collectors will like it.



REMETE – ODABENN / OLD CAPTAIN &  TWILIGHT RECORDS
Hungarian Janos Madura, a talented Hungarian artist, formerly known by his project Our God Weeps and albums on Hau Ruck and Ars Benevola Mater labels, releases dark ambient co-mingled with powerful neo-classical and martial industrial elements. Co-released by Ukrainian Old Captain and Argentinean Twilight Records.



LEGER DES HEILS – SALUTARE / ARISTAE
New release with more lyrics in German and fewer sets of  religious texts by Goethe, Rilke and Ibsen, still melodramatic and versatile and full of Modern Classical, Neofolk, Synth-pop, Folk and Experimental elements. Indie fans will love it too. A boxset limited to 20 copies, different release called Aristae I-IV was also out  in 2015, for members of "Orden der Leger des Heils".





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