When Neurosis co-frontman Steve Von Till set out to make No Wilderness Deep Enough -- his first solo album in five years -- he originally planned for it to be an ambient instrumental album -- a genre he explores in Neurosis sister band Tribes of Neurot and solo as Harvestman -- but then after he hooked up with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler, etc) and added cello (by Brent Arnold) and french horn (by Aaron Korn), Dunn encouraged Von Till to sing over the music, and Von Till obliged. When you listen to No Wilderness Deep Enough, you can hear how it very much could have been an ambient album, with its layers of bubbling electronics, and that plus the string and horn arrangements is no small part of what makes this a much more embellished album than your average acoustic guitar singer/songwriter album. (Not that anything Steve Von Till does is "average.") Like much of his previous work, the songs on No Wilderness Deep Enough pretty much sound like the quiet, folky moments on late-period Neurosis albums (A Sun That Never Sets onwards), and that's a very appealing thing.
Neurosis co-frontman Steve Von Till returned this year with his excellent new solo album No Wilderness Deep Enough (that's an excerpt of my review from Notable Releases above), and since the year is coming to a close, we asked Steve what his favorite albums of 2020 were. He included the collaborative album from Petbrick and Deafkids (the latter of whom are on Neurosis' Neurot Recordings), legends like Neil Young and Nick Cave, and other cool stuff like Wardruna, Six Organs of Admittance, The Budos Band, and more. Read on for what Steve had to say about each pick: