Album of the year also-rans:

Nathan Amundson's one man band Rivulets (technically I think that
should probably be a lower-case 'r' but it just looks wrong) released
another superb album You Are My Home. Minimalist is a word that often
crops up in Rivulets reviews but it never seems right to me because it
almost seems like it ignores just how beautifully created the songs
are, and implies that they don't have all the depth that they do… I
suspect You Are My Home may well be the best Rivulets album so far.
You can buy it direct from Nathan at the Rivulets website.

Andy Aldridge, Everything's Swirling