It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2018 rapidly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been another crazy year of highs and lows- it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in it’s 8th year, Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists/musicians/labels and promoters of the site with their personal top releases of the year.
As we near the end of our annual end of year tradition; we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists. Telling us their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next take over comes from one of our dearest friends, the insanely talented Simon Gore. A name familiar to Circuit Sweet, Simon regularly reviews for the site alongside some of the most memorable interviews with legendary acts that Simon has curated. Alongside this, the musician and artist
Nils Frahm at Sentrum Scene, Oslo
Proving that all the internet hyping, social media plugging, digital technology and popularity in the world is simply no match for decent musicianship and an intense performance. One of the best gigs I have ever seen and with just one guy on stage. I have more respect for this man than most human beings in this world.
Turbonecro at Kafé Hærverk, Oslo
A very, very special moment that deserves to be credited with my upmost gratitude and appreciation. This was a once-in-a-lifetime gig for more than a handful of people in the world and I was lucky enough to experience it, all be it unexpectedly.
Nils Frahm – All Melody
It’s simply fantastic – absolutely fantastic. When you put him in a Funkhaus studio, what do you expect is going to happen?
Guro Moe and Lasse Marhaug – La Región Salvaje, Música Original de la Película (aka The Untamed Soundtrack)
Dark, deep, sexy.
The Kills – List of Demands (single)
When one of the most dynamic guitarists of our generation honours one of the most progressive thinkers of our generation, the result is going to be pretty sweet. I love it. I have followed The Kills religiously for nearly half of my life-time and they keep on impressing me.
Nevsky Perspective – Red
Am I biased? Of course. Would I still be including this album in this feature if I didn’t used to play in the band? Of course. Hervé Girardin is one of a kind and his music proves that. Even though this album only features one very brief performance by me, I hold it very close to my heart. It’s genuinely excellent and I would expect nothing less. I miss playing these songs. I miss his cute little face.
Thom Yorke – Susperia
Come on. Like it’s not going to be in here. It’s totally flawless.
Sarah Davachi – Gave in Rest
This woman is a machine – she is amazing. This record is a wonder of lo-fi elegance. Her attention to detail, appreciation for acoustic/environmental sound and relationship with technology is all admirable and akin to my own working methods. This album concept is fantastic, as is the music on it. Evensong is my track of the year.
Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
OK, this is good. This is really, ground-breakingly good. Very possibly the best produced and mixed noise rock album I am aware of. An instant classic and future landmark.
Amulets & Bus Gas – Mountains Passed / Immortal Yeller
Sexy methods, sexier results. Beautiful, wobbly, soothing soundscapes – like duct tape for the soul. Thank you, Mr. The Mountain Howl for introducing me!
Hilde Marie Holsen – Lazuli
Pushing the boundaries of digital electronics combined with acoustic instruments; a wash of pure, metallic beauty. Amazing to experience live. Nothing short of the perfectionist attention-to-detail you would expect from a Maja Ratkje production. It pays true justice to the limitless talent and musicianship of Hilde. Very fucking nice work.
The best gig I have played this year:
I have not played live this year. It’s kind of shameful, but it was a compromise I was willing to accept to focus my attention more towards composition and production. If you want to make an omelette, you’ve got to break some eggs and shit, yo.
Using lots of nice microphones, a plate reverb, a Yamaha CS60, a Steelphon s900, a 1921 Steinway baby grand piano, plus spending 6 weeks recording a pipe organ and subsequently starting a new album, hopefully to be released in 2019.
Working with one of my biggest heroes in experimental music and dear friend – Bjørn Hatterud.
Working with my brother, Paul, digitising over 70 hours of archive footage of the Norwegian punk band, JR Ewing, one of our all-time favourite bands.
Being the stand-in drummer for USA/Mexico’s soundcheck at Kafé Hærverk in Oslo.
Another summertime visit from Circuit Sweet!
Screening my first feature film soundtrack in Edinburgh with Stefhan Caddick and Dr. Victoria Donovan.
Gratifying people making astounding acts of kindness towards my family and I, for which I am eternally grateful.
Plans for 2019:
A couple of multi-disciplinary art installations with some very interesting people.
Hopefully some releases of work that I have spent a lot of time mixing and/or producing for other artists this year.
The JR Ewing documentary film.
Thank you once again for all your contributions to Circuit Sweet in the past 12 months- a wonderful year of achievements for you yet again. We can’t wait for the world to hear more of your music next year plus keep your eyes peeled for some special SG artwork to hit our shop soon.