Best Albums of 2016
picked by Stefano Bartolotta & Indie-Roccia

The Circle <BR>“How to control the clouds”

The Circle
“How to control the clouds”

“How to control the clouds” is a second album by a Turin-based group The Circle. Their songs are influenced by Coldplay, Snow Patrol, OneRepublic, U2.

Captivating vocals, inviting melodies and epic choruses will immediately stick in the listener’s ear at the first listen.

♪♫ Listen: “Shooting stars” + album stream (Soundcloud)

The Circle on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Birthh <BR>“Born in the woods”

“Born in the woods”

Debut album from the young Alice Bisi from Brescia is titled “Born In The Woods”, and while you listen to it you might actually feel as if you were walking in the woods, and reconnecting your soul with the nature. Birthh evokes her unconsciuos and intimate fears and her still open wounds.

♪♫ Listen: “Queen of failureland” + album stream (Bandcamp)

Birthh on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter.

There Will Be Blood <BR>“Horns”

There Will Be Blood

Varese-based group There Will Be Blood’s style has always been related with blues-rock, both traditional and modern.

With their third album, “Horns”, they keep going on this path. But we also hear them use some new instruments and new ways of singing. It’s their most mature work.

♪♫ Listen: “Undertow” + album stream (Spotify)

There Will Be Blood on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, www.

Leland Dit It <BR>“Tempo”

Leland Dit It

Five piece alternative rock/electro band Leland Dit It have created a table covered with synths and drum machine called Cake, and all the five of them gravitate around it.

On their debut album “Tempo”, they mix rock and electro sounds, playing fascinating downtempo songs with an atmosphere where dark sounds and positive feelings perfectly merge together.

♪♫ Listen: “Detachment” + album stream (Spotify)

Leland Dit It on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, www.

His Clancyness <BR>“Isolation Culture”

His Clancyness
“Isolation Culture”

Jonathan Clancy was born in Canada but he’s always lived in Bologna. He’s been part of a lot of different and successful projects in Italy, and this is the second album for his current one.

“Isolation Culture” mixes lo fi and dream pop, with influences from The Feelies, Pere Ubu and Talking Heads. It’s an excellent work and different from anything that is going on in Italy at the moment.

♪♫ Listen: “Isolation culture” + album stream (Bandcamp)

His Clancyness on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, www.

Nosound <BR>“Scintilla”


Stemming from Rome, Nosound has been active for ten years ago now, and this is their fifth album. They play progressive rock influenced by post-rock and ambient music.

Titled “Scintilla”, the new record is a rich work of art, hard to properly describe with words, at the same time simple and complex.

♪♫ Listen: “In celebration of life” + album stream

Nosound on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Giorgieness <BR>“La giusta distanza”

“La giusta distanza”

This is the first album for a project called Giorgieness led by Giorgie D’Eraclea. It is based on rock energy, and one of its strenghts is the voice: we didn’t hear such a good rock female voice in Italy for quite a long time.

“La giusta distanza” is full of character, emotions, a dense sound, and it’s easy to fall in love with it at the first listen.

♪♫ Listen: “Io torno a casa” + album stream (Spotify)

Giorgieness on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Klimt 1918 <BR>“Sentimentale Jugend”

Klimt 1918
“Sentimentale Jugend”

This band from Rome has been active since 1999 and “Sentimentale Jugend” is their fourth album, released after eight years of silence.

It’s a double album, with 20 songs and an almost two hours of total lasting, and its nature is epic and monumental. The usual open melodies, electric sounds and strong wave touch are filtered by a new shoegaze attitude, so everything is full of reverbs and enlarged.

The ambition of this album is conveyed in a masterful way, with technique, brain and heart.

♪♫ Listen: “It was to be” + album stream (Spotify)

Klimt 1918 on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, www.

Soviet Soviet <BR>“Endless”

Soviet Soviet

“Endless” is the third album from this trio from Pesaro. Their previous records had a strictly post-punk/new wave sound, but here there are some small changes, with some more melodic and soft moments and some slowing down in the rhythm.

This record is important because Soviet Soviet shows off its goodness also when doing something different from the past.

♪♫ Listen: “Endless beauty” + album stream (Bandcamp)

Soviet Soviet on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Motta <BR>“La fine dei vent’anni”

“La fine dei vent’anni”

First solo album for Francesco Motta, a multi-instrumentalist artist and leader of the band Criminal Jokers. The album is produced by Riccardo Sinigallia, a veteran of the Italian indie scene.

“La fine dei vent’anni” is full of various and fascinating musical solutions and it’s the perfect way to gather together the versatility of Motta and the wisdom of Sinigallia.

The traditional songwriting merges with the stoner rock and with tribal percussions; psychedelic guitars mess with folk sounds, the synths emphatize the melodies.

♪♫ Listen: “La fine dei vent’anni” + album stream (Spotify)

Motta on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram.