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Kit Carruthers mostly favours the experimental. Ambient, post-rock, psychedelia, IDM, neoclassical, shoegaze, post-hardcore and "post-metal." He listens to a lot of music outside of this. His taste is very dark and he is the most pretentious of all of us.

Hood - Outside Closer (2005)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock, Indie Rock
Non-Instrumental
I haven't exactly been all over their early stuff but from my understanding it's pretty standard post-rock. Here they decided to go somewhere a little different. I say no weird noises will be recommended by me but every now and then this album kinda sorta touches on weird kinda sorta. Weird but most certainly not stupid. Very pretty album, though.

Bowery Electric - Lushlife (2000)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Shoegaze, Trip-Hop
Non-Instrumental
Shoegaze meets trip-hop is a wonderful idea and this album pulls it off perfectly. Dark, entrancing, ethereal.

Clogs - Stick Music (2004)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental and Non-Instrumental
I enjoy the instrumental portions of this album more than the non-instrumental portions. Dark and I suppose... "Folky." "Pitasi" may be my favourite or possibly "Beating Stick."

Biosphere - Angel's Flight (2021)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Ambient
Instrumental
Another ambient meets classical album coming at you from me. This one is quite ethereal.

Envy - Insomniac Doze (2006)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Hardcore
Non-Instrumental
Very artful... "Screamo" for those of you I mock in my head but most certainly never out loud or in writing. It's where post-rock meets hardcore. It has a tinge of shoegaze as well if shoegaze were more aggressive.

65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway (2010)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
I promise I'll only give you the same band twice when the album is very different. It's a tough call for me which is my favourite between this and The Fall of Math. Here they merge post-rock with dance music more than they merge with breakcore. It's a little more pretty and a little less aggressive than The Fall of Math. It still has that hint of accessible post-rock that you may enjoy if you like your pop metal, particularly a band like Linkin Park.

Guitaro - Futura Black (2002)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Shoegaze
Non-Instrumental
A rather obscure shoegaze release, one of my favourite shoegazes. It can be a little dark but not overly so.

Kim Hiorthøy - Hei (2000)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: IDM, Downtempo
Instrumental
I'm going to call this a very laid back and cool approach to IDM. I may even go as far as to say it has a hint of cute and kitschy. A hint. Chill, cool, cute and kitschy.

M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Indie Electronic, Shoegaze
Instrumental
Shoegaze invading electronic music. Some heavy overwhelming noises made very very pretty.

Vladislav Delay - Whistleblower (2007)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Experimental Ambient
Instrumental
Glitchy and a little chaotic made very pretty. Vaguely dark. I kinda sorta want to say that every now and then he kind of makes a noise that could maybe be interpreted as a little weird maybe possibly. But not really. And not stupid just weird.

Bethany Curve - Gold (1998)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Shoegaze
Non-Instrumental
You will see that in my shoegaze I kinda sorta favour the darker. This isn't exactly the best representation of shoegaze, it is often more pretty. Well, here, dark shoegaze.

Love - Forever Changes (1967)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Psychedelic Pop
Non-Instrumental
I'm all over 60s psychedelic pop, but you know 60s psychedelic pop. This one, however, you probably don't. The front man wrote all of the lyrics thinking he was going to die soon but oops nope. But it makes for an interesting album. Pretty cheerful considering he was a dead man. Pretty pop rock, perfect pop rock, interesting lyrics. In indie circles it is marveled as one of the pinnacles of 60s psychedelic pop however the majority of you have no idea. For some reason. It's perfectly palatable and perfectly brilliant.

65daysofstatic - The Fall Of Math (2004)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock, Math Rock
Instrumental
Dark, easy to swallow post-rock with a breaks edge. People have said they like their post-rock with the ambient build ups and this one kinda sorta skips that. It's true, it kinda sorta does, but not exactly. They do indeed do quiet and they do indeed do quiet very very pretty, but they do not give you enough time to soak it in. It's okay, though, it is still the perfect album, you just need to look at it a little differently than you would most other post-rock. If you like your pop metal this is probably the place for you to start with post-rock.

A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us Alone, but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms... (2000)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
The darkest, saddest thing you will ever listen to that is still music. When the lady wrote the track about her dead dog and the guy in the background says "We're so sad" or something and everybody busts out laughing. Yeah. Yeah they are over the top sad. Very very pretty.

1 Mile North - Glass Wars (2001)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
The beauty of simplicity. They always sounds like their album covers. A little model city photographed ever so slightly blurry. They can get epic, but it is very very subtle.

Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született (2005)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Breakcore
Instrumental
A fellow Winnipegger. This is another classical music meets electronic music. This is another one of those ones that may frighten you. I won't exactly say angry, but it most certainly has an edge. It is palatable but difficult.

Plastikman - Consumed (2000)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Minimal Techno
Instrumental
Probably not a good place to start until you get an understanding and appreciation of subtlety. You will need to let repeating baselines and atmosphere wash over you. Things do develop but they develop very slowly. This one requires patience.

Murcof - Remembranza (2005)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Minimal Techno
Instrumental
Perfect beats and baselines meets perfect classical instrumentation. As with most everything I listen to it is quite bleak and dark.

Kashiwa Daisuke - Program Music I (2007)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Downtempo, Post-Rock
Instrumental
I guess you can make post-rock without guitars, neat. This is most certainly that. It is glitchy, pretty electronic music made very very epic. This is probably not a place you will want to start, you will first want to familiarize yourself with post-rock and with experimental electronic music before you watch them combine forces. But yes it is very very pretty.

Jetone - Ultramarin (2001)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Dub Techno, Minimal Techno
Instrumental
Tim Hecker had not yet found his perfect tones and textures but he was always a master of sound. If you like dubby beats you will like it. It is good music to chill out to. Yes yes all of this music is very relaxing but I swear to god if you listen to it, or anything, only to relax I will slap you in the face with a fish.

Bola - Gnayse (2004)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: IDM
Instrumental
I like it when people put classical instruments into electronic music if you haven't noticed. This one is very dark. This one may be a little hard for you to swallow if you are new to pretentious electronic music.

Autechre - EP7 (1999)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: IDM
Instrumental
This is not the most important Autechre album but it is probably going to be the easiest for you to get into. I swear I can understand what the guy is saying in "Ccec" when I'm on a psychedelic. This is a good place to start getting into IDM if it frightens you.

Arovane - Atol Scrap (1999)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: IDM
Instrumental
A perfect use of tones. Pretty. Perfect, rather easy to swallow IDM.

Aufgang - Turbulences (2016)

Genre: Popular Music
Sub-Genres: Electro, Neoclassical
Non-Instrumental
This is a classical band but here they decided to do something different. They made pop music with a classical music overlay.

Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks (2004)

Genre: Classical Music
Sub-Genres: Neoclassical
Instrumental
A perfect neoclassical album. I would have my doubts that he was the first man to realize this, but yes you can use a synthesizer in a classical setting and make pretty little noises without it cheapening your music. Also you've heard this so many God damned times in film and television soundtracks.

Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians (1978)

Genre: Classical Music
Sub-Genres: Minimalism
Instrumental
It pulsates.

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (1991)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Pop Rock, Post-Rock
Non-Instrumental
We wouldn't have post-rock without Talk Talk. I don't usually like to give you albums just because they're influential, I like to focus solely on sounds that I like, but this is a perfect album. If you are frightened of post-rock and just want to listen to pretty little pop music this is probably the place for you to start.

Sweek - The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash (2006)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
I... Can't do happy. But I can do this happy. This is as happy as I can get. Grand post-rock with all sorts of horns and woodwinds. Like with most post-rock it sounds like it's album art. It sounds like a pretty pink flower.

Surface of Eceyon - The King Beneath the Mountain (2001)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock, Psychedelia, Space Rock
Instrumental and Non-Instrumental
When the first tones of "The Open Sea" are hitting is when you should be taking a toke. Perfect psychedelic post-rock.

The Evpatoria Report - Golevka (2005)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
Perfect post-rock with a classical tinge, they worked with the Orchestra of Ribaupierre and the Union Choral society of Vevey. Very cinematic. Using the last transmission of the space shuttle Columbia as a sample was a stroke of brilliance. Steve Buscemi talking about the state of film, eh, nothing wrong with it but it isn't peak brilliance like the last transmission of the space shuttle Columbia or "With one man climbing the tree to feed the birds" from Maar. You guyses choice in vocal snippets is usually at the top of post-rock, and in many other ways you have your moments that are at the top of post-rock.

The Antarcticans - Teach Children: Fear All Teachings Of Eternity, The Doom Of Self & Nature (2006)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
Taking psychedelics late at night and gradually building yourself into a rage at society. It has a certain crunchy psychedelic edge that really builds into what I can only describe as dark psychedelic spaz fest.

Susumu Yokota - Sakura (2000)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Ambient
Instrumental
While the entire album is brilliant my favourite parts are always "Azukiiro no Kaori" and "Kodomotachi." They sound like looking over an urban Japan from high atop your luxury condo late at night.

Deaf Center - Pale Ravine (2005)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Ambient
Instrumental
Waves of drone and classical music wash over you. The brilliance of this album first hit me when waiting for the bus looking over an empty Portage Avenue in the rain.

Christopher Bissonnette - Periphery (2005)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Ambient
Instrumental
It isn't exactly the most unique of ambient but it is in fact perfection. It is mastery of sound. It is very very pretty.

Philip Jeck - 7 (2003)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Experimental Ambient
Instrumental
Philip Jeck had himself some of the best tones you can find. "Museum" is so very bleak and lonely, "Wholesome" so pretty and sparkly, and when everything just bends on "Bush Hum" it blows my mind.

Daturah - Daturah (2005)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
I find this album to be the epitome of the dark crunchy psychedelic guitar tones. Also the intro to "Shoal" is just the greatest thing ever. Or at least it would be the greatest thing ever if it weren't for the lonely screeching guitar tone on the crescendo of "Lovelight."

Redjetson - New General Catalogue (2005)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Indie Rock, Post-Rock
Non-Instrumental
Post-Rock Interpol.

Jakob - Sines

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Post-Rock
Instrumental
It isn't exactly my favourite Jakob, that goes to "Solace," however the guitar tones on "Resolve" are what push this onto my list. Jakob is a darker post-rock, possibly a more palatable post-rock as they get the job done in five or six minutes, and they also have those crunchy psychedelic tones I crave. They will occasionally go quite noisy in their crescendos but it always remains musical.

Blueneck - Scars Of The Midwest (2006)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Indie Rock, Post-Rock
Non-Instrumental
Very very sad and dramatic with a lot of close attention to sound. I want to call them a bleaker, grittier, more dramatic Radiohead that at this point is a little more lo-fi. The vocals are a little more washed in reverb than Radiohead as well.

Jessamine - Don't Stay Too Long (1998)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Psychedelia, Space Rock, Shoegaze
Non-Instrumental
Dark, melancholy psychedelia with a certain groove. Very very pretty vocals and a lot of dissonance.

Swans - To Be Kind (2014)

Genre: Rock Music
Sub-Genres: Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
Non-Instrumental
A circus from hell. A certain derangement. It is a surreal experience. "I'm just a little boy!" followed by a laugh track. Strange and surreal. It is in your face with it's edge but it is not overly frightening. You can do it it almost sounds like normal music but with a certain edge.

Deathprod - Morals and Dogma (2004)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Dark Ambient
Instrumental
We are now getting to the music that the fact that I enjoy it may frighten you but I assure you I can be much more frightening. This here is as bleak and lonely as you can get. To listen to this you will need to be able to fully embrace your darkness and just sit in it. Just sit there and let it wash over you. Dark Ambient can in fact get a little darker but then it becomes less musical, this is dark ambient but more musical.

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (2002)

Genre: Electronic Music
Sub-Genres: Ambient Techno, Ambient Breakbeat, IDM
Instrumental
Again, not their most famous or important album but my favourite. I'm afraid to grasp Boards of Canada you may have had to grow up in Canada during the 80s or 90s with the "National Film Board of Canada" documentaries. It takes our nostalgic feelings and it puts them on psychedelics. They master sound, everything is done the most perfect way it could be done. It isn't all electronic instruments, they do a lot of playing with broken instruments and tape manipulation. It is far more organic than you would expect electronic music to sound.

Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country (2009)

Genre: Experimental Music
Sub-Genres: Experimental Ambient
Instrumental
It isn't the most important Tim Hecker and it isn't the one I claim the most influence from, but those first few notes of "100 Years Ago" just melt my heart like nothing else can. Tim Hecker is a bleak and pretty examination of our glitchy distorted musical culture. It takes the tones and sounds we've been making for generations and extracts the most beauty from them that he possibly can. It is the epitome of analyzation of distortion.