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As a unifying element for a year-end list, “experimental” is pretty shifty. After all, artists from every genre test boundaries and explore new sounds, from pop to rock to noise to electronic, pushing those easily understood concepts into shit we can’t quite comprehend yet. Entries among the 20 albums below incorporate all of those things, but break past them, too. This was an unusually fine year for unusual music. 20. Zs - Xe It’s pretty insane...
"Pandemic," the first single from Texas producer Eric Burton's debut album, breaks down into a hail of bullets. Burton's first couple of EPs under the name Rabit had been tonally unnerving and rhythmically aggressive. But this is something else. The cathartic fun of a big beat drop sours into a super stressful, under-siege feeling. There's a deep emotional unease that builds with every explosive beat, especially in a country racked by constant, seemingly intractable gun...

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