The 2021 End Of Year music lists thread

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ROUGH TRADE

https://blog.roughtrade.com/us-albums-of-the-year-2021/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 03:23 (two weeks ago) link

Do not like how they enclose each cover within those ugly RT graphics

distortion’s secret telеphone (morrisp), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 03:54 (two weeks ago) link

We do have cooler images in our eoy poll ;)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 04:44 (two weeks ago) link

But yeah agree that scribbled font is ugly and using it as a background is too much.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 04:45 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/1725-mojos-75-best-albums-of-2021/

1. The Weather Station- Ignorance

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:06 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/11/18/spoiler-here-are-decibels-top-40-albums-of-2021/

I've only heard nine of these, and liked about six of those.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:09 (two weeks ago) link

Mdou Moctar's guitar playing is reaching the lists with lots of indie rock but not yet the Decibel one...

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

Cool list imho

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:07 (one week ago) link

maxwell sterling album from a couple of years ago was spectacular, haven't heard that one yet though

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:42 (one week ago) link

quite a few interesting things to check out on that bleep list

ufo, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 19:36 (one week ago) link

Arca's Kick ii not being out yet makes all these lists feel very presumptuous imho

octobeard, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:35 (one week ago) link

that koreless record is great

Qamon (||||||||), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

Bleep's list is interesting, Koreless - Agor is easily in my favs of the year, a record that really stood out from a lot of releases that were merely "good". Few electronic albums hit this year like that one.

octobeard, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

I couldn't get into that Koreless at all - great sound design but it all felt a bit cheesy and dramatic in a way that was the wrong side of earnestness.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 23:51 (one week ago) link

I don't think I've ever been so disconnected from music as in 2021...but still idk how I missed Paul Weller and The Coral releasing two of the year's best albums.

bespoke sausages (seandalai), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 02:10 (one week ago) link

Well that’s what this list season is for!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 02:54 (one week ago) link

I still don't know what seandalai does exactly when he's not crunching numbers for ilm polls, but I can now rule out writing for Mojo.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 02:55 (one week ago) link

This Koreless is sick, thank u Bleep

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:45 (one week ago) link

Arca's Kick ii not being out yet makes all these lists feel very presumptuous imho

― octobeard Likewise Jlin's Embryo EP, out Dec.10! (Hold all calls until then, Ms. Fairweather.)

dow, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:36 (one week ago) link

There's certainly a few things I'm still anticipating, some of which are by people who can actually write songs instead of sound-design vibes

imago, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 17:38 (one week ago) link

~_~

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:31 (one week ago) link

Loving this John Glacier one from bleep, had no idea this existed and has Vegyn as a producer which is a great surprise.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:40 (one week ago) link

koreless album is really nice, like a lusher r plus seven.

ufo, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 21:04 (one week ago) link

I often joke that indie-minded people like music that won't wake the baby - Mdou Moctar aside, that list literalizes it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 27 November 2021 16:49 (five days ago) link

Well yeah, I would expect from the New Yorker the aural equivalent of soft hand-woven free trade wool and meticulously whisked matcha tea, and that's exactly what you get. Nothing wrong with that!

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 27 November 2021 17:17 (five days ago) link

Dry Cleaning and Snail Mail are names that really put me off, but I'm sure that quotidian naming strategy has been used by good bands so this is irrational prejudice. "Bog Roll" is still waiting for any up and coming indie sensations to claim though.

feed me with your clicks (Noel Emits), Saturday, 27 November 2021 17:30 (five days ago) link

tbf the Low album is p noisy and gross

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 27 November 2021 18:07 (five days ago) link

PASTE ^

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 29 November 2021 19:59 (three days ago) link

UPROXX

https://uproxx.com/music/best-albums-2021-list/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 29 November 2021 19:59 (three days ago) link

IT ISN'T DECEMBER YET

imago, Monday, 29 November 2021 20:00 (three days ago) link

My top 10 will likely be quieter than the New Yorker's.

Chris L, Monday, 29 November 2021 20:04 (three days ago) link

lol yeah the inclusion of both evermore and whole lotta red on this list makes it even clearer that it's silly to put out lists so early

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Monday, 29 November 2021 20:07 (three days ago) link

All lists now must follow the official Grammy™ cadence.

quiet coyote (morrisp), Monday, 29 November 2021 20:08 (three days ago) link

Early lists are trying to help the artists sell album in the peak retail season. No objection to that.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 29 November 2021 22:39 (three days ago) link

Do ppl still "gift" albums (based on Year End lists, to boot?). If so, that's admirable...

quiet coyote (morrisp), Monday, 29 November 2021 23:08 (three days ago) link

Dry Cleaning and Snail Mail are names that really put me off, but I'm sure that quotidian naming strategy has been used by good bands so this is irrational prejudice. "Bog Roll" is still waiting for any up and coming indie sensations to claim though.

― feed me with your clicks (Noel Emits), Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:30 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

There's already the very good Mega Bog: https://megabog.bandcamp.com/

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Monday, 29 November 2021 23:20 (three days ago) link

I don't know if it's me but I find these lists have a lot of consensus and are a little interchangeable, as if they were all drawing from the same source (or stream).

Nabozo, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 07:35 (two days ago) link

the continental European perspective (Oor is like the Dutch Rolling Stone/Mojo): https://oor.nl/news/oors-eindlijst-dit-zijn-de-20-beste-albums-van-2021/

Joris Stereo, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 12:24 (two days ago) link

Dry Cleaning and Snail Mail are names that really put me off, but I'm sure that quotidian naming strategy has been used by good bands so this is irrational prejudice. "Bog Roll" is still waiting for any up and coming indie sensations to claim though.

And don't forget Soccer Mommy.

o. nate, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 14:12 (two days ago) link

x-post Didn't know The Notwist had released a new album!

willem, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 15:17 (two days ago) link

consensus picks so far are Floating Points/Pharoh Sanders, Little Simz and Weather Station

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 15:27 (two days ago) link

Also seeing Mdou Moctar, Dry Cleaning, Black Country New Road, Squid, Arlo Parks, LDR, The War on Drugs, Japanese Breakfast a lot

Nabozo, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 15:50 (two days ago) link

p4k only gave 30 albums BNM in 2021 instead of the usual 45 or so. make of that what you will.

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 17:56 (yesterday) link

We can scramble posts and posters and say the same about 2015, 2011, or even 2025.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 17:59 (yesterday) link

I would agree that it feels like a down year, especially after last year with the two Sault albums, two Taylor albums, Punisher, Fetch the Bolt Cutters...

Indexed, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:10 (yesterday) link

lmao

imago, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:13 (yesterday) link

very much lmao

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:26 (yesterday) link

I'd rather have someone punch me in my colostomy than listen to Sault or Taylor Swift.

If you can't think of great albums that were released this year, that's on YOU, compadres.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:26 (yesterday) link

I can’t wait for the EOY ILM TRACKS POLL where 10% of the poll will be songs from Red Taylor’s version, also the #1 album of 2021

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:29 (yesterday) link

I would agree that it feels like a down year, especially after last year with the two Sault albums, two Taylor albums, Punisher, Fetch the Bolt Cutters...

― Indexed, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 11:10 AM (eighteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

snail mail record from this year is better than punisher imo

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:29 (yesterday) link

Actively hating Sault is a pretty spicy opinion

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:30 (yesterday) link

let's see just from what i've bought this year

tinashe
arooj aftab
thy catafalque
snail mail
men i trust
carcass
vijay ayer
dawn richard
chvrches
every time i die
young thug
rochelle jordan
deafheaven
halsey
low
manchester orchestra
the world is a beautiful place & etc.
turnstile
godspeed
poppy
darkthrone
jane weaver
foxing
king woman
converge
wolf alice
mr twin sister
fiddlehead

all released excellent career-best records this year

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:32 (yesterday) link

I love two Inflo produced albums this year - Cleo Sol and Little Simz. It’s a good recompense for a bit of a down year from Sault.

aphoristical, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:33 (yesterday) link

i desperately need to hear that cleo sol record

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:34 (yesterday) link

I can’t wait for the EOY ILM TRACKS POLL where 10% of the poll will be songs from Red Taylor’s version, also the #1 album of 2021

The first part only happened last year due to a troll. Red won't be the #1 album. Yes, Taylor generates discussion here, many of us are fans, but (respectfully) I don't see the point in overstating her reception for the sake of complaint.

quiet coyote (morrisp), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:36 (yesterday) link

There is a ton of stuff that came out this year that I love. But if I had to predict, I am skeptical that 2021 will be well represented toward the top of the end of decade lists. Some years just feel like down years.

Very skeptical that Valentine will be as revered as Punisher in a few years' time. (I'm one of the 5 people who like both debuts better anyhow so trying to parse the zeitgeist is dumb, I know).

Indexed, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:40 (yesterday) link

I'll have no trouble with albums or movies this year.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:43 (yesterday) link

it won't be as revered but phoebe bridgers' popularity is also on a different scale

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:45 (yesterday) link

Things I bought this year that might make a year-end list:

Apartment House, John Cage Number Pieces 4CD
Asphyxiate, Altar of Decomposed
Biomorphic Engulfment, Incubation in the Parallel Dimension
BLK OPS, The Heroic Dose
Weedie Braimah, The Hands of Time
The Bug, Fire
Cadaveric Fumes, Dimensions Obscure
Cannibal Corpse, Violence Unimagined
Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few, Cosmic Transitions
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Fire, Defeat
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra, Promises
Muriel Grossmann, Union
Irreversible Entanglements, Open the Gates
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, Now
Madam Data, The Gospel of the Devourer
Madam Data, For Agnes Martin – Six Architectures in Light and Water
Mastodon, Hushed & Grim
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra, Dimensional Stardust
Jason Moran, The Sound Will Tell You
Replicant, Malignant Reality
Scorn, The Only Place
Slant, 1
Sons of Kemet, Black to the Future
Sunn O))), Metta, Benevolence
Cecil Taylor Ensemble, Göttingen
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Enigma
Herbie Tsoaeli, At This Point in Time: Voices in Volumes

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:52 (yesterday) link

just finished that Sunn O))) this morning, it's fantastic. love the "Troubled Air" performance.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:54 (yesterday) link

Cool to see the Wau Wau Collectif album at #50 on the GvB list, a personal favorite that I've had a hard time explaining to anyone else. Senegalese folk-dub-jazz-?? but that makes it sound difficult when it's actually super warm and surprisingly catchy

I'm slightly tempted to call this a down year for albums too, but it really depends on what genres you like, and I have a bunch of jazz to catch up on among other things

rob, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:28 (yesterday) link

AOTY summary is helpful. Consensus so far is Floating Points by some margin.

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/summary/2021/

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6:13 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Little Simz has overtaken it

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:31 (yesterday) link

Cool to see the Wau Wau Collectif album at #50 on the GvB list, a personal favorite that I've had a hard time explaining to anyone else. Senegalese folk-dub-jazz-?? but that makes it sound difficult when it's actually super warm and surprisingly catchy

this sounds great!

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:50 (yesterday) link

Luke Stewart- Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier Volumes 1 & 2
Irreversible Entanglements- Open the Gates
Peter Gregson- Patina
Kessler- Ambivalent EP
James Brandon Lewis Quartet- Code of Being
Skylark- Crossing Over
Patrick Shiroishi- Hidemi
Richard Skelton- Sutr
Matthew Liam Nicholson- Nine Movements
Fuubutsushi- Good Sky Day
Fuubutsushi- Natsukashii
Fuubutsushi- Yamawarau
Fuubutsushi- Setsubun
Jaimie Branch- Fly or Die LIVE
Jessica Ackerley and Daniel Carter- Friendship
Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective- Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế
Matt Evans- Touchless
Slikback- MELT
LNS & DJ Sotofett- Sputters
Msylma & Ismael- The Tenets of Forgetting
Crazy Doberman- Everyone is rolling down a hill...
Art School Girlfriend- Is It Light Where You Are
Eimar Reidy & Natalia Beylis- Whose Woods are These
Facta- Blush
Scotch Rolex- Tewari
Low- HEY WHAT
James Brandon Lewis- Jesup Wagon
Iglew- Light Armour EP
IOSONOUNCANE- IRA
Skee Mask- Pool
Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor- Time No Changes
Illuvia- Iridescence of Clouds
Iu Takahashi- Late in Life
Luke Stewart/Patrick Shiroishi- split cass
Moon Reflecting- Non-GMO Rain Dance
Rachika Nayar- Our Hands Against the Dark
xLWBxDRx- prairie spells, a ribbon wove
Colin Webster- vs Amp
Anne Bourne- wave
Enzo Carniel & Filippo Vignato- Aria
Natural Information Society & Evan Parker- descension (Out of Our Constrictions)
Bored Lord- Lavirga EP
PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK- Somit
Ahmed- Nights on Saturn (Communication)
ZULI- All Caps EP
Hafez Modirzadeh- Facets
Quin Kirchner- Live at Pro Musica

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:50 (yesterday) link

album of the year for me is the absolutely sublime wave, from Anne Bourne. https://annebourne.bandcamp.com/album/wave

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:51 (yesterday) link

so I mean maybe it was a bad year for "pop" music, but jazz, drone, ambient, and *weird stuff* were all really great imho.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:52 (yesterday) link

I figured some people were holding off on new releases until touring was back in swing

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:06 (yesterday) link

also vinyl manufacturing delays etc.

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:15 (yesterday) link

nice list tables!

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:22 (yesterday) link

Yeah, there are a fair number of things on table's list that are candidates for mine as well, but I got them as promos and didn't have to buy them. Those Luke Stewart solo albums in particular are really cool.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:27 (yesterday) link

gonna make a playlist for work from that list for sure

haven't had much time this year to look for new stuff myself, but i the three albums i kept coming back to were tirzah, nite jewel and suzanne kraft - all quite understated, off-ish, slightly emotionally drained-sounding pop albums, i guess

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:32 (yesterday) link

Anne Bourne the Toronto cellist? Didn't know she released something.

treat the gelignite tenderly for me (Sund4r), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:40 (yesterday) link

Cool to see the Wau Wau Collectif album at #50 on the GvB list, a personal favorite that I've had a hard time explaining to anyone else. Senegalese folk-dub-jazz-?? but that makes it sound difficult when it's actually super warm and surprisingly catchy

this sounds great!

Don't know if you mean the description sounds great or the album itself. Listening to it now and it does indeed sound great!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:49 (yesterday) link

Anne Bourne the Toronto cellist? Didn't know she released something.

― treat the gelignite tenderly for me (Sund4r), Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:40 PM (fifteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Simply the most sublime drone/deep listening experience I've had in years, I sometimes just leave it playing on a loop for hours at a time. Gorgeous stuff.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 20:56 (yesterday) link

xp i meant the description, planning to check out the album when i have a free moment

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:20 (yesterday) link

All of today's lists very on-brand

― Indexed, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 bookmarkflaglink

As I made my way through the Paste list I actually thought there was a higher degree of aggro albums than I'd expect from them.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:34 (yesterday) link

Yeah, curious to read that Complex list but I noped the fuck out when no less than five different ads immediately popped up.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:40 (yesterday) link

same

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:46 (yesterday) link

there's rap on it

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:58 (yesterday) link

also Adele at #3

rob, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 22:00 (yesterday) link

Yeah, curious to read that Complex list but I noped the fuck out when no less than five different ads immediately popped up.

― a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, December 1, 2021 4:40 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

Same except not curious to read

licorice in the front, pizza in the rear (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 23:15 (yesterday) link

lol

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 23:16 (yesterday) link

Thanks for the heads up on Wau Wau Collectif. This is super trippy, Loving it so far.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 2 December 2021 00:17 (three hours ago) link

appreciate your list of "career best" albums, Brad, and agree on most, but do you really think the GYBE album is their best??

i like it, but...

alpine static, Thursday, 2 December 2021 01:41 (two hours ago) link

UPROXX BEST SONGS

https://uproxx.com/music/best-songs-2021-list/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 2 December 2021 02:24 (one hour ago) link

I like that it’s unranked. Also cool they chose “Michelangelo” as the Cassandra Jenkins track (that’s the one on my Faves playlist).

quiet coyote (morrisp), Thursday, 2 December 2021 02:33 (one hour ago) link

The Godspeed is very good, it’s not a top ten of the year but will likely be in my top 25.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 2 December 2021 02:46 (one hour ago) link

this feels like a pretty standard year in terms of overall quality

there's only a fairly small number of lists so far, seemingly a lot of those from the uk so there's quite a bias towards acts the uk press loves much more than the us in the minor consensus so far, like little simz

but idk really who's going to end up near the top of the consensus this year except floating points? this year feels relatively light on big critical consensus event albums but that's not the same as it being a weak year

the last year i remember being notably weak was probably 2014?

ufo, Thursday, 2 December 2021 03:01 (forty-five minutes ago) link

weather station and tyler will surely be up there too, but idk the weather station album was underwhelming after how good the singles were

ufo, Thursday, 2 December 2021 03:02 (forty-four minutes ago) link

Japanese Breakfast will be way up there

strong year, standard year, weak year, however you want to characterize it ... i think when you look across the consensus top 10 or 20 or whatever, you will see a year where many big/great artists are holding on to albums until touring is more certain. i mean, most years we are looking at Beyonce and Fiona Apple and Kendrick Lamar and Kacey Musgraves and Radiohead and on and on, and this year it's Floating Points and Japanese Breakfast and Little Simz? that's a full level or two down from the profile of artists that you usually see dominate these things.

i'm not saying that's a bad thing, btw

alpine static, Thursday, 2 December 2021 03:16 (twenty-nine minutes ago) link

there weren't the same number of big event albums as usual to get to the top of these lists, and those that did come out often flopped, relatively (lorde, kacey, etc)

but it was still a very solid year, i found just as much to love as usual

ufo, Thursday, 2 December 2021 03:30 (sixteen minutes ago) link


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