First albums of the year are trickling out (exciting!). My year end list has been instagram for a lil’ while. Follow me there if you want more up-to-the-minute posts from me than my quasi-weekly newsletter format here.
but anyways here’s it listed:
1. SOPHIE-Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
2. Kacey Musgraves-Golden Hour
3. Earl Sweatshirt-Some Rap Songs
4. Mitski-Be the Cowboy
5. Snail Mail-Lush
6. Wild Pink-Yoke in the Fur ‘
7. Low-Double Negative
8. DJ Koze-Knock Knock
9. Noname-Room 25
10. Dear Nora-Skulls Example
11. kero kero bonito-Time ‘n’ Place
12. Parquet Courts-Wide Awake
13. Cardi B-Invasion of Privacy
14. Julia Holter-Aviary
15. Soccer Mommy-Clean
16. Denzel Curry-TA1300
17. Ariana Grande-Sweetener
18. Travis Scott-Astroworld
19. Janelle Monae-Dirty Computer
20. Sidney Gish-No Dogs Allowed
honorary mention: Vince Staples (both his twitter account and FM!) Also Carter V
1. Laurel Halo performs Dust
2. Mitski/Sidney Gish double header
3. Low does Low
4. Nicole Mitchell/Mary Halvorson @NJF
However! Phoenix marks the first proper PTL release in 15 years and with it’s straightforward renditions of nostalgia it feels like a specific type of return to his roots moment (it’s called Phoenix for christ’s sake).
Between Bazan, American Football, Mineral (and hell even this new Sharon Van Etten single) 2019 seems prepared to hear a lot of full-blown adults draw upon the open-hearted vigor of emo’s past to deal with aging, parenting, and the like. Phoenix seems like a good start!
Considering that emo found a way to grow up, perhaps the same can be true for chillwave? If anyone can do it it’s likely Chaz Bear who’s drawn acclaim from everyone ranging from Tyler, the Creator to Travis Scott to Nosaj Thing. The album is lush and more forward than the chillwave haze, sounding somewhat in line with the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Tame Impala, and Daft Punk, who’ve all remained relevant despite the overcrowdedness of their respective genres.