Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

17. Anna Meredith
(Moshi Moshi)

You're excused if the name Anna Meredith doesn't ring a bell; the Scottish composer has spent the better part of her career exploring the depths of classical music. (She was previously the composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.) But Meredith's curiosity got the better of her, and over the last few years, she's been exploring music outside of her wheelhouse.

For her debut album, Meredith envisioned pop music with a fresh and audacious perspective, using her classically trained ability to traverse electronic music's boundless format for a continuous series of left turns. With Varmints, Meredith designed a pop album for the avant-garde set, and vice-versa, easily one of the most unique albums we've heard this year.
Cam Lindsay