There's a reason why the voice is such a popular instrument in the majority of music. It can be the personal element of a song, often helping to give context to the underlying instrumentals. It would be ill-advised though to simply dismiss music that chooses to omit vocals entirely, because instrumental music relies solely on compelling musicianship in order to take the listener on a journey.
Some may feel that without lyrical content, the music lacks a purpose or meaning, but if ever there was a period in time where that outdated mentality became a thing of the past, it is now.
From 2000-2015 there have been some phenomenal advancements made in the genre. Acts like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor consistently prove why the scene is an important part of the fabric of music, while constantly forcing the question: "Is there really any need for a singer?"
These ten albums transcend the need for words because their stories lie deep within the instrumental movements themselves, defeating the purpose of a token singer as well as outdoing vocal-led artists in many other aspects.
You can't sing along, but I defy you not to be moved by some of these astonishing examples of musical prowess...
Music Journalism graduate and freelance writer from Northern Ireland, who enjoys scouring the music archives for the best sounds from the past and present. Writer for the awesome publications WhatCulture, Metal Injection, Scribol, The Gamer, and Prefix.