20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

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

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Mario Batkovic, 'Mario Batkovic'

9. Mario Batkovic, 'Mario Batkovic'

Bosnian-born accordion hypnotist Mario Batkovic is a cyclicing minimalist, culling mesmerizing melodies and sounds from a lone squeezebox. Not content to be just another post–Philip Glass loopster, Batkovic uses a close microphone set up, allowing the clicks and clacks of the keys to be part of his sound world, creating delicate ("Restrictus"), frantic ("Machina") and deep-droning ("Desiderii Patriae") music with the formal feel of classical but the closeness of indie rock. 

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