Rock Is Dead

Non Rock albums that I have been loving

  1. Nils Frahm

    Nils Frahm is my favorite artist of 2023 so far. I've been familiar with him for years, but I really embraced him this winter. This might be my favorite by him, but if you like it, check out Felt and Spaces. Empty is also really good, but it's maybe a little too quiet.

  2. Alabaster DePlume

    This is from 2022. It's the closest thing to Rock music on this list, but it still qualifies as Not Rock, IMO. He does weird spoken word, beat poet type stuff over music that pulls from jazz, reggae, and world music - and maybe rock and roll, I guess, a little bit. It's its own thing, really. Give it a shot.

  3. I heard Rick Rubin taking about this album a couple of months ago. He called it "thrilling" so I figured I'd check it out. It's Nils Frahm and another guy I'm not familiar with. They are improvising over themes. I have now listened to it probably 30 times. I keep discovering tracks and sections that I hadn't noticed before.

  4. 12
    Ryuichi Sakamoto

    This is from 2023 and I've only heard it 4-5 times, but I keep coming back to it. It's eery, haunting. It was all written while Sakamoto was recovering from major cancer surgery.

  5. I dated a girl once who made me watch the Koyaanisqatsi movie (more than once). I had forgotten about it until about a year ago when I ran into the title track somehow. It's fantastic! The rest of the songs are almost as good. At least listen to track 1, the title track.

  6. Sons Of Kemet

    I've been listening to this for a year or so, but it stays on my rotation. It's fantastic. Get to at least track two before you judge it because track one is an outlier, sonically.

  7. Felix Rösch, mondëna quartet, Matija Strniša

    This is just one song, but I have been starting my work day with it for about the last week. It's simple, short, and really cool, IMO

  8. Rebekka Karijord

    I've had this album for years, but it has come back into my rotation lately. She uses her voice as an instrument in a really cool way. Don't judge on track 1, get to at least track 2.

  9. Ólafur Arnalds

    This is a new discovery for me. I heard about him in a podcast. I know nothing about him, but I have listened to him as I work a few times and I think he's worth including here. Electronic with strings and occasional voices.

  10. Felix Rösch

    This is the same guy who did the Bumblebee song above.

  11. You've probably all heard this one. It's mellow on a whole new level. But I've been listening to it as I drink tea in the morning. Tina is still asleep. The sun is coming in the window. No phone browsing is permitted. It's an amazing way to wake up

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