This list is entirely generated by one person so reflects my tastes and ideas . It’s not objective, and there’s no way it could be. Plenty of worthy and important albums perhaps missing from this list, and it might look different if I made it again another time. Signed or unsigned artists does not matter to me .This list does not contain any compilation album, any live album or any album that released in the past and re-released in 2016.
Pedro Code’s personal project is my favourite from 2016. Each song has a special place in this beautiful album composing a perfect blend of dark wave, ethereal and electro tunes. A beautiful and moving musical masterpiece worthy of your attention.
After two eps, the French cold wave act returns with a tasty album full of cold ethereal wave melodies. Dark synths, beautiful guitars and deep female vocals make the cold wave of nowdays.
The Detroit darkwave trio's third album shows the band progress musically with more complex and deeper songs than the previous albums. An atmospheric concept album produced by drum machines, synth, fuzzy bass, and subtle lyricism.
A great debut by the Polish band. Cold wave with postrock and ambient soundscapes. Blissful, melancholic and dark.
Augustus Muller develops the perfect blend of minimal electro record, synth pop but at the same time a rather modern piece of electronic music.
After an ep in 2015, the London-based new wave project returns with Some Vague Desire features eight new songs that combine edged guitars with lush and driven bass lines following the sound of my favourite Lively Art Rec .
The Athens-based duo releases the third album maintaining the same successful formula that defines their characteristic style: male or female lead vocals, lyrics in German, English and Greek, songs based on poetry by famous writers and very creative ideas regarding song composition and execution.You can read our review here.
Simona Ferrucci and Alessandra Romeo after the successful 'Slanting Ray' present another beautiful new wave album in which cold vintage drum machine rhythm section meets liquid melancholic atmospheres and female vocals.
Another haunting album from the avant garde electronic act Bestial Mouths driven by Lynette Cerezo vocals evoking both Siouxsie and Diamanda Galas. The batcave of nowdays is here.
Alessandro Parisi releases a concept album following a mix of acid lines, medieval voices and dark synths.
In their second lp , the Danish band mix together influences from neo-psych ,post rock ,drone ,shoegaze and noise rock and the result is very distinctive and attractive to any serious listener.
Second album by the Swiss cold wave act that creates a superb blend of gothgaze and dark post punk driven by chaotic synths , a reverberating rhythm section and guitar layers.
Second album by the Italian avant garde project.Listening to it you meet dark ambience, noir jazz , hypnotic female voices all that create an atmosphere very close to Badalamenti's and Denovali records sound.
Philippe Blache produces another masterpiece driven by Nataliya Romachina’s ethereal vocals. Cinematic dronescapes , invocative poetical and neoclassical ambiences driving the listener to a fairy trip. You can read our review here.
A little gem from Mexico. Minimal synth melodies with deep male vocals and elegant female vocals (Kriistal Ann , Keren Batok , Ditta Perditta) . Any fan of dark synth music will appreciate it.
The 5-song ep is a perfect sample of impeccable synthpop with references to the nostalgic 80's.
The debut album by the dark synth band founded by Kriistal Ann and Chroma Carbon.Ten beautiful songs alternating female and male voice in a cold wave atmosphere. You can read our review here.
The fifth album by the British duo presents a shoegaze and psych rock driven by minimal synths, deathly drones and doomy vocals.
Debut album for the Bologna–based project. Electro-Darkwave, Post-Punk & drone influences consist a diverse album that no one can leave uninterested.
The Cologne-based band dares the balancing act between wavy postpunk and industrial krautrock , driving and gloomy but still full of catchy moments. Five beautiful songs that stay on your mind for a long time.
The duo from Michigan presents an intelligent cold wave and a perfect combination male and female vocals.
Female gloomy voice ,ethereal and ferocious guitars and drones work together in the creation of shadowy claustrophobic album especially recommended for the fans of Chelsea Wolfe.
Sara Paradisi (keybords, voices, organs, theremin) and Camillo Perazzoli (keybords, voice, organs, bass guitar) release their second album. Vintage organs , theatrical presentation , surrealism and a creepy atmosphere consist a very interesting release.
24.Kælan Mikla - st (Fabrika records)
A record that combines post punk with synth and darkwave elements with the use of the Icelandic language giving a unique tint.
The British band has lovingly crafted their debut album from the base materials of shoegaze and dream pop. Highly recommended for fans of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive.