If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up. A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.
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Sorry, friends, no folk or jazz made our top ten this year ~ 2021 was the year of rock and post-rock! With almost every major post-rock band
This year, we reviewed more modern composition albums than those in any other genre ~ not because more were submitted, but because their overall
The natural world existed long before the creation of instruments: music made by wind and waves, birds and beasts. During the pandemic, many people
Our Experimental section boasts the widest dynamic contrast of all the fields we cover. From near-silence to curdled wails, children’s classes to
Due to lockdowns and quarantines, most of us have not gone clubbing for years. Thankfully, electronic artists have kept making music during the
Drone is the music of suspension: a constant underpinning of sound graced by modulation. The music was perfect for a year in which things seemed to
This year’s picks emphasize the variety of ambient music through poetry, field recordings and home diaries, featuring children and cicadas, time
Album covers were never more important than they are today. In the old days, one might peruse the bins at the local record store, seeing if
Over the past decade, we’ve experienced a shift in the tone of winter music. In more innocent days, winter music was the sound of snow, children
We didn’t publish this list in 2020, because so few movies were released. While Hollywood has been slow to recover, streaming services and film
Lawrence English’s Room40 has landed an amazing five releases on our year-end charts, spread across three genres. The Australian imprint is our
Few would call 2021 a happy year, although it was graced by moments of hope: a (short lived) political shift, a vaccine, a summit on climate change.
Paper shortages, vinyl delays and broken supply chains, added to the pre-existing shift to the digital format, meant a continued decline in physical
When music videos migrated from television to the internet, they found a brand new audience thirsty for innovation. This year’s crop includes