Monday, January 22, 2024

Favourite albums of 2023

While most places rush to post their Best Of lists as close to December 1st as possible, I like taking the holidays catch up on things I might have missed and enjoy releasing a better list in the back-half of January.

Lonnie Holley - Oh Me Oh My

Beverly Glenn-Copeland - The Ones Ahead

Sufjan Stevens - Javelin

Two Shell - lil spirits

100 gecs - 10,000 gecs

Fever Ray - Radical Romantics

boygenius - the record

Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want to Turn into You

Liturgy - 93696

The Mountain Goats - Jenny from Thebes

Mandy, Indiana - i've seen a way

Rae Spoon - Not Dead Yet

ANOHNI and the Johnsons - My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross

Aesop Rock - Integrated Tech Solutions

Chad Void - Shotgun

Lankum - False Lankum

Overmono - Good Lies

Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté - The Sky Is the Same Colour Everywhere

Michael Scott Dawson - Find Yourself Lost

Lunice - OPEN

Poolblood - mole

Mark Molnar - Divine Horseman

Bat Boy - Fun Machine

Colin Stetson - When We Were That What Wept for the Sea

Sigur Rós - ÁTTA

Julie Byrne - The Greater Wings

Mick Harris - Culvert Dubs Session One

Model/Actriz - Dogsbody

Sore Dream & Hisham Akira Bharoocha - Sore Dream & Hisham Akira Bharoocha

amaarae - Fountain Baby

Sofia Kourtesis - Madres

Hannah Diamond - Perfect Picture

Pas Tasta - Good Pop

Jeremy Dutcher - Motewolonuwok

This might be the last year I have the time to follow music so closely.  I've been looking at my "best of" lists as a way to summarize a year, and in many ways these lists become a time capsule.  A lot of music comes out in any one year and there's always more to discover, so these might be the 40 that are sifted out and carried forward with enthusiasm and emotion.

I listen to albums primarily, but I do let myself delete one or two tracks on an album if they annoy me.  Some albums above are on my list with the consideration of a track or two deleted, and I encourage the same.  Curate your own space.