The 10 Best Experimental Albums of 2015

Source: PopMatters.

In spite of the great lull in today’s rock music climate, 2015 proved an astonishing year for experimental music, signifying the simultaneously shrinking and expanding gap between avant-garde and pop traditions. Several of this year’s releases, like Clarence Clarity’s ineffable No Now or new albums by Oneohtrix Point Never and Holly Herndon, tackle heady concepts of global capitalism and hyper-connectivity of the Internet Age.

While some albums venture into brutal and immersive territory—Blanck Mass’ Dumb Flesh, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld’s Never were the way she was, and Prurient’s Frozen Niagara Falls—others are glossy and luminous—for instance, the bubblegum bass of PC Music’s new compilation or the plinking and clinking of Battles’ La Di Da Di. Overall, music of all kinds seems to be tending toward a consciously experimental direction.