Sunday, January 2, 2022

Music with an Impact - 2021

2021 in a way seemed like a sequel of the traumatic 2020, but a sequel where everyone's wounds started progressively healing. While the world took a very radical turn in 2020, this past year felt like an attempt at weathering and coming to terms with all that the previous year had shifted in everyone's lives. Many artists who released seminal work had to put their tours on hold, and while some started touring once more in 2021, it was something done in spurts. The year in music for me was comprised of new releases of artists I've known and loved for the past 20 years, but also uncovering work from people I had not heard of before, with albums from quite some time ago. Plenty of great music nonetheless, even if the one produced in 2021 didn't quite resonate (at least not with me). Here's hoping this new year brings more interesting sounds.

Martina Topley Bird - Forever I Wait
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
Skee Mask - Pool
Charles Webster - Decision Time
Clark - Lisey's Story
Lapalux - Ruinism
Katie Gately - Colors
Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Topdown Dialectic - Topdown Dialectic 

More favorites that are not illustrated in the list above.

Photay - On Hold
Seefeel - St / Fr / Sp
Blanck Mass - The Great Confuso EP
Cautious Clay - Blood Type
John Adams - Doctor Atomic Symphony/Guide to Strange Places