Here's my final recommendations list of 2022. Things have been incredibly busy and hectic for me these last few months, so I've had very little time to listen to new music, never mind sit down and write about it...but thankfully things have slowed down a bit during the festive season, and I've had some time to collect my thoughts on a bunch of albums I've been enjoying lately.
I'm currently working on a plan which will hopefully allow me to dedicate more time and energy to writing about music in the near future. I'm not there yet, but hopefully sometime soon. Thank you to everyone who has read my blog, followed me on social media, shared my posts and/or sent me music this year.
Without further ado...
Lyndsie Alguire - ...like butterfly wings (2022)
Kate Carr - making do Vol. 1 (2022)
This eerily hypnotic and gorgeously spellbinding 2-song EP consists of two sound collages - two dark swirling whirlwinds of sorrowful choral singing, funereal drones, ominous field recordings, mournful classical music and haunted ambience.
The Lonely Bell is the music project of Scottish/Filipino artist & musician Ali Murray. This particular release leans more towards sound art than the dark ambient music The Lonely Bell is typically known for, but it's certainly no less powerful or evocative.
'The Broken Heart of Man' plays out like a mesmerizing 12-minute long movie - a dark broody drama perhaps, or a lonesome character study. It's a sweeping sonic exploration of the dark side of the human condition. And it has Murray's signature stamp all over it - the misty soundscapes, the dreamy melancholic surreality, the profound loneliness and the deep aching sense of loss.
A dark, painful and beautiful EP. Highly recommended.
Sulk Rooms - Ceremony (2022)
M.A. Hồ-Kane - Scrapbook 22 (Here #8)
Catherine Sikora - Winter Solos (2022)
Coagulant - Archival Recordings For Paolo Monti (2022)
Blush To The Snow - Dream Triptych (2022)
Autumna - The Third Half (2022)
Permanent Vacation - Shelf Life (2022)
Joshua James Wittman - Orbital Patterns (2022)