Here's what I listened to...
Vierne & Saint-Saens: Harmonium Vs Organ by Guilio Mercati
This is the album I listened to the most this year - every night for a while. It's a very addictive listen, very calming, very engrossing. I didn't know the composer Louis Vierne's music at all before this. He was organist at Notre Dame in the early 20th Century. It's odd music - sometimes cheesy, sometimes sentimental, but takes lots of odd twists and turns. In a funny kind of way it reminds me both of Tom Waits and Erik Satie. Anyway, it's brilliant.
Arrehar by Romain Baudoin
Frenchman improvising on top of historic field recordings of French folk singers. Folk brut, if you will. Very raw and moving.
Recontorns by Francois Dumeaux
On the same label as the above - Pagans - this is another Frenchman doing interesting folk-adjacent things, only he's more of an analogue synthesizer gentilhomme. Basically it's synths and field recordings interspersed with unaccompanied French singing.
Bald Eagle Over Food City by Bromp Treb
Experimental music at it's most stupid, dumb-ass fun. It puts a big smile on my face. "Bromp Treb is the solo project of noisemaker and filmmaker Neil ‘Cloaca’ Young, who has been performing and producing small-run releases under this moniker for some 20 years. For almost as long he’s been the percussionist for weirdo noise collective Fat Worm of Error, and collaborating in other units such as Carbus, Gloyd and Playbackers"
https://ikuisuus.bandcamp.com/album/bal ... -food-city
Ftarri's Harmonium Vol. 7: Live at Ftarri, December 4, 2021 by Masamichi Kinoshita
More harmonium! Compositions - rule-based, game-like, number-derived and fundamentally simple in concept - by Masamichi Kinoshita, played on trombones, harmonium and electronics. They sound kind of childlike.
https://ftarrilive.bandcamp.com/album/f ... ber-4-2021
Nick Hart Sings 10 English Folk Songs by Nick Hart
More folk music. Nick Hart expands from his first two albums of no-nonsense Martin Carthy-style singing and guitar-playing by adding a few influences derived from Africa and Central Europe. In his hands, this pick-n-mix cosmopolitanism still sounds dour and medieval. As John Peel once said of The Fall: "always the same, always different"
https://nickhartmusic.bandcamp.com/albu ... folk-songs
King Cobra by Infinity Knives & Brian Ennals
This one is fairly new to me, so not iistened that much, but it was the most interesting hip-hop I heard in 2022. Applies a lo-fi murky scree to electro, bass and drill type sounds.
Bucked Up Space by Nik Colk Void
Clean, precise techno that air-dusts the insides of your head
I listened a lot to the music of Yan Jun (https://yanjun.bandcamp.com/album/quartet-h-k
) and Zhu Wenbo (https://zhuwenbo.bandcamp.com/
), who I first heard on their duo album Twice on Erstwhile in 2021 (which I also listened to quite a bit in 2022).
Honorary mentions to the following, which caught my ear but I haven't really listened to enough yet...
Elvis Died and Everyone Is... by Posset https://crowversuscrow.bandcamp.com/alb ... veryone-is
Chasing the Phantom by Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat https://blacktruffle.bandcamp.com/album ... he-phantom
Junkan (2020) by Michiko Ogawa https://marginalfrequency.bandcamp.com/ ... unkan-2020
Kraftbalanse by Jan Martin Smørdal/Øystein Wyller Odden https://sofamusic.bandcamp.com/album/kraftbalanse
Common Metals by Staubitz and Waterhouse https://staubitzandwaterhouse.bandcamp. ... mon-metals
Plus I also listened a lot to the back catalogue of THF Drenching https://thfdrenching.bandcamp.com/
And quite a bit of music from the Kairos label, including their recordings of Olivier Messaien and the music of Berhnard Lang, who I hadn't heard of before this year, a very interesting contemporary composer.
I had a listen to Bandcamp's 'Best Club Music of 2022' selection and a lot of it sounds a lot more experimental than most so-called 'experimental' music - some excellent stuff to investigate there... https://daily.bandcamp.com/best-of-2022 ... ic-of-2022