Nick DiSalvo of ELDER shares his music highlights of 2019.

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To keep up with our year-end series, and this time, we asked ELDER frontman Nick DiSalvo to share his favorite artists and releases of 2019. The trio just wrapped up the recording of their fifth full-length earlier this month (don’t miss our exclusive studio preview here), and will announce more details regarding their highly anticipated new record very soon. It’s always very enlightening to get to know your fave musicians’ own tastes in music — and going from Norwegian prog, indie pop and post-punk to (of course!) jazz, no wonder why Elder’s albums are so incredibly creative. Treat yourself to a one-off sonic trip with Nick DiSalvo’s fine selection below. (PHOTO: Gaël Mathieu)

I won’t pretend to be particularly well caught-up in the word of heavy rock, as ironic as that might seem, so I’ve provided an honest list of ten releases that caught my ear this year.  I can’t really say if 2019 was a special year for me music-wise, as I had my head down for most of the year working on my own music, but looking back I found ten records that were great companions for the downtime. Playing in a heavy rock band for me leads to a quick over saturation in heavy guitar music, so I find myself increasingly drawn to genres that provide a counterpoint to that. Nonetheless a few loud ones made it in there. Enjoy!” 

JORDSJØ ‘Nattfiolen’ (Karisma Records)

VON SPAR ‘Under Pressure’ (Bureau B)

PILE ‘Green and Gray’ (Exploding In Sound Records)

PRINS THOMAS ‘Ambitions’ (Smalltown Supersound)

PORTICO QUARTET ‘Memory Streams’ (Gondwana Records)

Rickard Jäverling & Andreas Söderström ‘Adelsö’ (Flora Auch Fona)

ANDREW WASYLYK ‘The Paralian’ (Athens Of The North)

VANISHING TWIN ‘The Age of Immunology’ (Fire Records)


SUGARFOOT ‘In the Clearing’

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Last modified: 31 December 2019