A few more year-end accolades for the Ghostly/Spectral family: betterPropoganda voted Matthew Dear the #36 Artist of the Decade, and Dear’s Asa Breed is the site’s #34 Album of the Decade. Osborne’s “16th Stage” is #85 on Pitchforkmedia’s 100 Best Tracks of 2008. School of Seven Bells’ Alpinisms has been raking in the year-end plaudits, landing at #3 on NPR’s Top 11 Debut Albums of 2008 and hitting #42 on NME’s Top 50 Albums of 2008. The Bells also contributed to Pitchforkmedia’s Guest List: Best of 2008 feature, compiling their own best-of-2008 list including releases from Earth, Portishead, Gas, and Robert Wyatt.
iTunes’ 2008 year-end lists are out, and Ghostly and Spectral artists have made a solid showing. Michna’s debut album Magic Monday landed in the Best New Artists (Electronic) roundup, and Osborne’s self-titled full-length made it onto the Top Dance Albums list. Ghostly affiliate Moodgadget got a few cheers as well: the Synchronicity Suite compilation was named a Best Instrumental Album (Electronic), Mux Mool got a Best New Artist (Electronic) nod, and his single “Death 9000 (Machinedrum Remix)” appears on the Best Tracks (Electronic) list.