My favourite albums of 2022
A long overdue post, but during 2022, I listened to a lot of music. This is a list of some of my favourite albums from last year. It’s in alphabetic order, because actually ranking albums is very hard when they’re very different styles. I tried to write something about each album, but mostly it’s just that I like the music. I find it very hard to quantify why I like some music but don’t like other music, so don’t expect any in-depth reviews.
Anna Von Hausswolff - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (Bandcamp)
I love Anna Von Hausswolff. Not much else to say: whatever she does, I’m gonna like. This live album is no different.
Backxwash - HIS HAPPINESS SHALL COME FIRST EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUFFERING (Bandcamp)
An ex-colleague of mine introduced me to Backxwash. While definitely more on the abrasive side of my music tastes, it’s still a great album.
Black Flower - Magma (Bandcamp)
Some nice Belgian jazz. A long time ago, my dad introduced me to Nathan Daems (the lead artist of this band) with Nathan Daems Quintet - Praten Dialect. I’ve been a fan ever since.
Carly Rae Jepsen - The Loneliest Time (Discogs)
Some great pop. Not as good as E•MO•TION or Dedication, but still good stuff.
Cassandra Jenkins & Suhail Yusuf Khan - Chale Jaana: Cassandra Jenkins & Suhail Yusuf Khan Live (Bandcamp)
2021’s “An Overview on Phenomenal Nature” was great, but these live versions are something else.
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Topical Dancer (Bandcamp)
Deewee does not miss. Funny, good beats, nice singing: this album has it all.
Eliza McLamb - Salt Circle (Bandcamp)
Great lyrics, great singing.
Ethel Cain - Preacher’s Daughter (Soundcloud)
This one took a while to grow on me, but the concept alone makes this one of the best albums of 2022 for me.
Florist - Florist (Bandcamp)
Florist does not miss. My dad would probably classify this as “campfire music”, but I see nothing wrong with that.
Jenny Hval - Classic Objects (Bandcamp)
Jenny Hval has a certain directness in her lyrics that I love. So clear while simultaneously also containing a deeper message.
King Hannah - I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me (Bandcamp)
Great band, great music. I saw them live in 2023 and promptly bought a shirt (the design of the shirt was also quite nice).
Lucy Dacus - Kissing Lessons (Bandcamp)
Just a single, but I can’t not put Lucy Dacus in here right?
MUNA - MUNA (Bandcamp)
Queer electropop, what else is there to say? I discovered them through a cover that Marika Hackman did of Pink Light and have been a fan ever since. (Phoebe Bridgers’ appearance on Silk Chiffon also helps…)
Pinegrove - 11:11 (Bandcamp)
I actually only really started listening to Pinegrove after being dragged to a concert of theirs by my brother, but they quickly rose to one of my most-listened artists. 11:11 is a great album and unfortunately it seems like it might be their last (so I’m very glad my brother dragged me along).
Shabason & Krgovich - At Scaramouche (Bandcamp)
Krgovich really took me in with 2018’s “Ouch”, but At Scaramouche also really grabbed my attention.
Wet Leg - Wet Leg (Bandcamp)
Imagine releasing this as your debut album. Funny lyrics, great instrumentation, and a great scream 😀.
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