No surprise that I was the only person to vote for this in the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop poll, but I was also the only person to vote for a Sub Rosa album! And come on, they must have put out SOMETHING else that was one of the top 1,000-however many albums last year. Not that I know offhand what those might be, but weirdo electronic stuff is their forte, and I hope to listen to more of their output in 2012. (I also voted for one by Ata Ebtekar, an Iranian electro-acoustic dude, back in '09.) Free samples are scant, but the kind folks at Weirdo Records dot com have put up this sound clip, which unfortunately lacks Ethiopian choirs. This album created as compelling and immersive a sound world as anything else I heard last year.
The PopMatters review: