Cavern of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex
My token not-released-this-year entry. I picked this up right at the tail end of 2016 after I had already finished my list. I’m really struggling to describe it! It’s an epic album of mostly instrumental synthesiser, live drums and drum machines. The tracks are often loose and jammy, with a motorik rhythm section. The synthesisers seem to be sequenced (triggered by automated patterns) as much as played live, and the sounds used are often bold and resonant, with plenty of reverb and harmonics. Bradford Cox of Deerhunter sings on the short and good but slightly out of place liquid gate.
I also picked up Cavern of Anti-Matter‘s reissued debut album, Blood Drums, which is also excellent but not quite as ambitious or fully-realised as this one.