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favourite albums: #50-#31

 

Sound AncestorsMenneskekollektivetSpiralI Know I'm Funny hahaUltrapop


50. Madlib - Sound Ancestors
49. Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet
48. Darkside - Spiral
47. Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha
46. The Armed - Ultrapop

 

Vulture Prince冥冥 Míng MíngHappier Than EverIn Praise of ShadowsLP!

 

45. Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince
44. otay:onii - 冥冥 (Míng Míng)
43. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
42. Puma Blue - In Praise of Shadows
41. JPEGMAFIA - LP!

 

MELTJade 玉观音AgorMirror Guide時間 (Jikan)


40. Slikback - MELT
39. Pan Daijing - Jade 玉观音
38. Koreless - Agor
37. Giant Claw - Mirror Guide
36. Betcover!! 時間 (Jikan)

 

AltschmerzAnimalTroubled ParadiseMercurial WorldFlowers for Vases / Descansos

 

35. Orix - Altschmerz

Of the two LPs this very talented and soon-to-be Grammy winning producer has put out this year, this one really did it for me. I love the experimenting with more IDM, Techno and Glitch productions while still being ambient at its score. Many more people should check this out and appreciate it properly


34. LUMP - Animal

This may just be Laura at her best for me, she and Mike hit the slay button on every song


33. Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise

Something LGBT just happened to me I can't even make that shit up


32. Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World

Every single was better than the last one, yet I still didn't see the album being as good as it was, even if I'm over it. The production on this whole album was mindblowing to me on first listen, the attention to detail and amount of layers and references to different styles and eras is belíssimo


31. Hayley Williams - Flowers for Vases / Descansos

One of my first favorite releases of the year and an early aoty material. Hayley took a more folky, stripped down approach on the surprising Petals for Armor follow up and you could tell this album is definitely more cohesive and consistent. I think Hayley's very underrated as a songwriter; every song here is beautiful and emotive, and we gotta give her credit for playing and performing the entire album on her own as well. "Just a Lover" is an epic, Failure-influenced closer and one of the best songs of the year.

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I wasn't really excited bout HTE after bunch of meh singles, but it turned out great :jonny: 

idk, I tried to love Hayley second record, but it never hits me

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Slayyyter collecting these LGBT community yec points idk idk. I was never a fan of her, but she seemed more interesting when we were getting this messy glitchpop extravaganza of Alone or BFF, it was super amateurish, but it had more character.

Flowers for Vases was pretty disappointing to me sadly, but Just a Lover for sure the biggest highlight.

Mercurial AOTY ate

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On 12/17/2021 at 7:08 AM, theblackestday said:

89. Remi Wolf - Juno
88. Grouper - Shade
84. Black Dresses - Forever In Your Heart

71. Joyce Wrice - Overgrown

68. Converge & Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
66. Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant
64. Laura Mvula - Pink Noise
61. Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview On Phenomenal Nature

59. Jane Weaver - Flock
57. Floating Points - Promises
53. Circuit des Yeux - io

Smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash

 

On 12/17/2021 at 7:08 AM, theblackestday said:

65. Squid - Bright Green Field

If 65 albums were released this year maybe

 

Troubled Paradise a worldwide event, Mercurial World a classic yes. Lost Girls, Darkside, Faye, Pan and Arooj good too!

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50. Madlib - Sound Ancestors
47. Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha
43. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
34. LUMP - Animal
33. Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise
32. Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World

 

Great batch of albums I've listened to. My favorites are Happier Than Ever and Animal, the latter being a grower cause I remember not liking it the first time around. :clap:

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HTE is the only album here I've listened to (which I quite liked actually! A nice progression from her last album).

What do you think I would like? :thing: 

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30 · L’Rain Fatigue

 

Cover art for Fatigue by L'Rain

With the release of the singles, I knew that we're up for a fantastic album, and I was right (as always). I sometimes wish some of the songs or interludes were more fully fleshed out but I get what she was going for. This has an incredibly unique carved out vision and sound. Her debut is even better if you ask me, and I'm very excited to see what's next to come

 

Listen: Two Face, Blame Me

 

neo-psychedelia, neo-soul

 

29 · Deafheaven Infinite Granite

 

Cover art for Infinite Granite by Deafheaven

I was never a fan of Deafheaven, and this new direction has truly upset some fans, but I became one immediately with the release of the lead, and with every following single. Alongside every new track, they work beautifully as a body of work, with a nice inclusion of an ambient interlude even. Sometimes it may be a bit tedious or monotonous, but I'm happy with the choice of softer and more melodic vocals

 

Listen: The Gnashing, Great Mass of Color

 

shoegaze, dream pop

 

28 · Emma Ruth Rundle Engine of Hell

 

Cover art for Engine of Hell by Emma Ruth Rundle

After releasing her most brutal projects with Thou last year and its B-sides companion earlier this year, ERR follows it up with the most stripped-down she has ever sounded. A beautiful opportunity for her to put a focus on her songwriting skills, and songs like "Return" and "Blooms of Oblivion" are nothing short of breathtaking and heartbreaking

 

Listen: Return, Blooms of Oblivion

 

singer/songwriter, contemporary folk

 

27 · Skee Mask Pool

 

Cover art for Pool by Skee Mask

The follow-up to 2018's fantastic Compro is more than a welcomed one. Perfecting his already well-crafted sound of IDM beats, atmospheric drum n bass and embracing even more electronic styles with a scattering and penetrating sound design. Wish he would release it on streaming but I also understand why he doesn't

 

Listen: CZ3000 Dub, Ozone

 

idm, breakbest, techno

 

26 · Halsey If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

 

Cover art for If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power by Halsey

I would have never guessed a Halsey album would make an year-end list of mine, as a former Obsessive Halsey Hater. But somehow she teamed up with none other than Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and came up with something brilliant for this album. I simply could not resist

 

Listen: 1121, The Lighthouse

art pop, alternative rock, electronic

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25 · Ouri Frame of a Fauna

 

Cover art for Frame of a Fauna by Ouri

This is simply my core. I adore the magnificent atmosphere this album creates. Very upsetting this didn't get more buzz and attention

 

Listen: High & Choking, Grip

 

alternative r&b, art pop, electronic

 

24 · Wednesday Twin Plagues

 

Cover art for Twin Plagues by Wednesday

One of the best indie rock albums of the year easily, so many fantastic songs here and amazing guitar work. The shoegaziest songs are top tier

 

Listen: Twin PlaguesBirthday Song

 

shoegaze, indie rock

 

23 · PinkPantheress To Hell with It

 

Cover art for To Hell With It by PinkPantheress

PinkPantheress is reintroducing dnb to the masses and absolutely nailing it by delivering jams after jams, all while making sure they don't lose their attention spans

 

Listen: I must apologise, Reason

 

atmospheric drum and bass

 

22 · Klein Harmattan

 

Cover art for Harmattan by Klein

So so good. Ethereal and experimental in the best way and just a compelling listening experience

 

Listen: Hope Dealers, Roc

 

ambient, experimental

 

21 · Lotic Water

 

Cover art for Water by Lotic

I've always liked Lotic, but she was onto something special here which I did not know she had in her. The detailed production backing Lotic's ethereal vocal performances and beautiful melodies is everything. Should have received more attention for sure

 

Listen: Always You, Diamond

art pop, deconstructed club

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Menneskekollektivet was a cute experiment, we love spoken word techno. Happier Than Ever pop album of the year I been saying. Pan Daijing so underrated.

Pool was a slay, deserved top 20, Lotic :jonny2:

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Flopping so hard

 

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22 hours ago, Lazuli said:

happier than ever, mercurial world, flowers for vases :alexz: you better PRAISE just a lover! 

she hit the cultural reset button with it

 

21 hours ago, TheWayWeWere said:

I wasn't really excited bout HTE after bunch of meh singles, but it turned out great :jonny: 

idk, I tried to love Hayley second record, but it never hits me

yeah I didn't care for the singles at all, but the album was really good to my pleasant surprise

 

20 hours ago, dreamofyou said:

HTE:clap3:

:clap3: 

 

20 hours ago, BlackoutZone said:

Slayyyter collecting these LGBT community yec points idk idk. I was never a fan of her, but she seemed more interesting when we were getting this messy glitchpop extravaganza of Alone or BFF, it was super amateurish, but it had more character.

Flowers for Vases was pretty disappointing to me sadly, but Just a Lover for sure the biggest highlight.

Mercurial AOTY ate

I def stanned harder during her singles era/mixtapes era and it took time for Troubled Paradise to grow on me as an album but it has so many highs and some of her quirkiest moments yet (Villain alone???)

 

FFV didn't have much longevity for me but I played the shit out of it earlier this year

 

19 hours ago, Sanguine said:

Smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash smash

 

If 65 albums were released this year maybe

 

Troubled Paradise a worldwide event, Mercurial World a classic yes. Lost Girls, Darkside, Faye, Pan and Arooj good too!

A Squid hater... interesting!

 

11 hours ago, Sunderland 4ever said:

50. Madlib - Sound Ancestors
47. Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha
43. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
34. LUMP - Animal
33. Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise
32. Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World

 

Great batch of albums I've listened to. My favorites are Happier Than Ever and Animal, the latter being a grower cause I remember not liking it the first time around. :clap:

ty :heart:

 

10 hours ago, Pink Matter said:

HTE is the only album here I've listened to (which I quite liked actually! A nice progression from her last album).

What do you think I would like? :thing: 

I'd say listen to Puma Blue's album! It's really chill and sensual.

 

All y'all

 

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halsey praise from you is quite shocking ngl :eli: 

pinkpantheress making top tier tiktok music yes we stan

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Pinkpantheress and L’rain delivered. Halsey released her least worst album but top 30 is biT high imo. 

 

cant wait to see where blue banisters ends up :duca:

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10 hours ago, theblackestday said:

23 · PinkPantheress To Hell with It

Can't get enough of this record. Feels like a shot of Red Bull. :katie2:

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The new graphics, Annie's creative director got a cheque!

 

I was already shocked when I saw Halsey on your list and then another little praise in my best of as I vividly remember you scalding her on every occasion :fan: So in all that into account this is very high for you. It is easily her best album, but I still feel like it could have been more. Love to see The Lighthouse being a noted highlight, cause it's those moments when they weren't afraid to go all in with the production that carry the record.

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L’Rain yes mama. I think I may like her debut a little more too but idk… both amazing

 

The Ouri album is so underrated!! Great project although listening to it reminds me of staying up an entire night to do a project and now it’s stress inducing to me shxjdgjxn oh well


Deafheaven and Halseigh also served. Need to listen to Wednesday I only hurd the first song but it was really good

 

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Faye, Billie, Slayyyter, Mag Bay, Hayley :clap:Lots of albums I've been meaning to get into too (couldn't get into that Ultrapop album for some reason tho...). 

 

Not into much in the 30-21 section tho... L'rain was alright. I intentionally didn't listen to the Halsey album because I don't wanna start liking her now at this point LMFAO.

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On 12/13/2021 at 11:20 AM, theblackestday said:

55 Songs

one per artist, mainly stuck to singles unless said album track is too exceptional

 

55. The Armed - Real Folk Blues

54. Beabadoobee - Cologne

53. Snoh Aalegra - Lost You

52. City Girls - Twerkulator

51. Shygirl f/ Slowthai - BDE

50. Darkside - The Limit
49. Kero Kero Bonito - Well Rested
48. Faye Webster - Cheers
47. Megan Thee Stallion - Thot Shit
46. Hatchie - This Enchanted
45. Wednesday - One More Last One
44. Sweet Trip - Walkers Beware! We Drive into the Sun / Stab-Slow
43. L'Rain - Two Face
42. Jorja Smith - Addicted
41. Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
40. Bree Runway - Hot Hot
39. Halsey - The Lighthouse
38. Asian Glow - Circumstances Telling Me Who I Am
37. Lotic - Come Unto Me
36. Marissa Nadler - The Path of the Clouds
35. Radiohead - If You Say the Word
34. Willow f/ Travis Barker - t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l
33. ABRA f/ Playboi Carti - Unlock It
32. Low - More
31. Little Simz - Point and Kill / Fear No Man
30. Lingua Ignota - I Who Bend the Tall Grasses
29. Doja Cat - Get Into It (Yuh)
28. Parannoul - Beautiful World
27. Hayden Casey - Everything Is Changing
26. LSDXOXO - Sick Bitch
25. Normani f/ Cardi B - Wild Side (Extended)
24. PinkPantheress - Just for Me
23. Juçara Marçal - Crash
22. Chlöe - Have Mercy
21. Caroline Polachek - Bunny Is a Rider
20. Arca f/ Sia - Born Yesterday
19. Slayyyter - Villain
18. Emma Ruth Rundle - Return
17. St. Vincent - The Melting of the Sun
16. Black Country, New Road - Track X
15. Spellling - Boys at School
14. Japanese Breakfast - Posing in Bondage
13. Tirzah - Send Me
12. Deafheaven - Great Mass of Color
11. Magdalena Bay - You Lose!
10. Hayley Williams - Just a Lover
09. Lana Del Rey - Tulsa Jesus Freak
08. Doss - Strawberry
07. Rochelle Jordan f/ Farrah Fawx - Broken Steel
06. Yeule - Don't Be So Hard on Your Own Beauty
05. Mitski - Working for the Knife
04. Erika de Casier - Drama
03. Noname - Rainforest
02. Tinashe - Bouncin
01. Indigo De Souza - Kill Me

Bitch I didn't know you were doing it like THIS!

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