20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

The year's best in ambient, noise, out-jazz, experimental electronic and more

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Chino Amobi, 'Paradiso'

3. Chino Amobi, 'Paradiso'

The way nightmares play in a wired world. Paradiso, by Virginia producer Chino Amobi, is "noise album" in only the most literal sense, a cinematic collage of ideas creating a decentralized, global, post-Internet, post-digital pile-up of sounds – it works almost like a modern version of Karlheinz Stockhausen's national anthem–tweaking late Sixties work Hymnen. Amobi's work is both political and media-aware, so this 71-minute trip into his personal terrordome features not only a marching band and sirens, but mixtape-style drops and samples.

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