Best Albums of 2016
selected by Svetoslav Todorov

ate <BR>“MCCV”


A very atmospheric drone project by Gdansk-based classical guitarist Petar Petkov who accomplishes much with little on this LP which feature four 10+ minutes long instrumentals.

♪♫ Listen: “I” + album stream

ate on Facebook, Bandcamp.

Evitceles <BR>“Rising Vanity” EP

“Rising Vanity” EP

On his latest release Evitceles continues to delve deeper into a territory where minimal techno and ambient meet.

♪♫ Listen: “Lonewolflow” + album stream

Evitceles on Bandcamp, Facebook.

Feedbacker <BR>“Feedbacker” EP

“Feedbacker” EP

There is a line on cassette’s inner sleeve credits – “100% DIY”. This debut release is also 100% anger-ridden noise rock with dark unsettling Bulgarian lyrics. Currently the duo is also part of Comasummer’s line-up, one of the local bands to watch in 2017.

♪♫ Listen: “20 в кръг” + album stream

Feedbacker on Facebook, Bandcamp.

Leaver <BR>“Head Home”

“Head Home”

Debut LP by Daniel Donchov (of Expectations) and the Angel Simitchiev (Mytrip) mentioned just below.

In their own words, their music is “as fragile as the moment when silent talk is about to morph into warm silence” and that kinda describes better than any review.

♪♫ Listen: “Grey” + album stream

Leaver are on Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp.

Les Animaux Sauvages <BR>“Danseur”

Les Animaux Sauvages

With their second LP Les Animaux Sauvages (formed by Naso Rouskov and Ivo Stoyadinov from local heavyweights Babyface Clan and singer Sibila Serafim) continue to delve deeper into their theatrical
brand of electro-pop. Visage’s Steve Strange would be proud.

♪♫ Listen: “Danseur” + album stream

Les Animaux Sauvages on Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp.

Mytrip <BR>“Filament”


After numerous smaller and split releases, “Filament” is the debut LP of Angel Simitchiev a.k.a. Mytrip, which sees him expanding his drone/ambient pallette.

♪♫ Listen: “Fibre Mask” + album stream

Mytrip on Facebook, Bandcamp.

Nocktern <BR>“No Sugar Added”

“No Sugar Added”

A surprising mixture of jazz, fusion, trip-hop and classic by Stoimen Stoyanov, known for his work with some very different (and harder) sounding bands such as the hardcore collective Them Frequencies.

♪♫ Listen: “The Proudest Pray” + album stream

Nocktern on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook.

Saturated <BR>“Pixels Photons” EP

“Pixels Photons” EP

The debut release by the duo Saturated Pixels. The musicians behind the project have long been part of the Sofia scene with various bands but here they open a new page with something more experimental and more electronic than what they usually do.

♪♫ Listen: “Nothing” + album stream

Satured Pixels on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook.

Smallman/Ivan Shopov <BR>“Inner Oceans” EP

Smallman/Ivan Shopov
“Inner Oceans” EP

A collaborative project by the atmospheric metal band (take this tag with a pinch of sault) Smallman and multi-genre electronic artist Ivan Shopov. Composed in Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria.

♪♫ Listen: “Rhodopes” + album stream

Smallman on Bandcamp, Facebook.
Ivan Shopov on Facebook, www.

Stop the Schizo <BR>“Start” EP

Stop the Schizo
“Start” EP

It was a sudden release with just one live performance to support it, so here’s a hope that we’ll here more from Stop the Schizo’s pop punk in near future.

♪♫ Listen: “Lovinger” + album stream

Stop the Schizo on Facebook, Bandcamp.