The Quiet Revolution – albums of the year

2021 has continued to be a challenging year. It has, however, seen some excellent records released. In no particular order, these are the ones that have resonated with me the most.

There are 85 on my list. I hope you enjoy investigating them. And it’s always lovely to hear your thoughts and comments so please do post here or on my Twitter account. Think of it as a digital note pushed under the door…..

Josienne Clarke ‘A Small Unknowable Thing’

Will Varley ‘The Hole Around My Head’

Rachel Baiman ‘Cycles’

Jacob and Drinkwater ‘More Notes from the Field’

The Little Unsaid ‘Flux’

Laura Fell ‘Safe from Me’

Declan O’Rourke ‘Arrivals’

Cassandra Jenkins ‘An Overview On Phenomenal Nature’

The Weather Station ‘Ignorance’

Quarterman ‘Carondelet’

Katherine Priddy ‘The Eternal Rocks Beneath’

Sarah McQuaid ‘The St Buryan Sessions’

Damien Jurado ‘The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania’

Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra ‘The Fruitful Fells’

Hiss Golden Messenger ‘Quietly Blowing It’

Matt Hill ‘Greedy Magicians II – Return of the Idle Drones’

Haiku Salut ‘The Hill, The Light, The Ghost’

The August List ‘Wax Cat’

Billy Bragg ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’

The Felice Brothers ‘From Dreams to Dust’

Grace Petrie ‘Connectivity’

Serious Child and Andy Ruddy ‘Talk About the Weather’

Big Red Machine ‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’

Karine Polwart and Dave Milligan ‘Still As Your Sleeping’

Son Volt ‘Electro Melodier’

Roxanne de Bastion ‘You and Me, We Are The Same’

Suzie Ungerleider ‘My name is Suzie Ungerleider’

Chris Cleverley ‘Live from the Glass Isle’

Mr Alec Bowman-Clarke ‘No Place Like Home EP’

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson ‘The Hunter’

John Smith ‘The Fray’

Katy Rose Bennett ‘Alone on a Hill’

Peter James Millson ‘The Accidental’

Jim Ghedi ‘In the Shadows of Common Place’

Karima Walker ‘Waking the dreaming body’

Boo Hewerdine ‘Collected Works’

William the Conqueror ‘Maverick Thinker’

Danny George Wilson ‘Another Place’

Anna Tivel ‘Blue World’

The Frank Burkitt Band ‘Silvereye’

Flo Perlin ‘Characters’

Faeland ‘When I Close My Eyes’

Findlay Napier ‘What It Is’

The Story Song Scientists ‘Quantum Lyrics EP’

Malcolm MacWatt ‘Settler’

Bess Attwell ‘Already, Always’

2Private Matters ‘Doubts Run Out’

Buffalo Nichols ‘Buffalo Nichols’

Karen Peris ‘A Song Is Way Above The Lawn’

Ana Ege ‘Between Us’

Amethyst Kiah ‘Wary + Strange’

Mishra ‘Reclaim’

Robb Johnson ‘Minimum Wages’

Ric Robertson ‘Carolina Child’

Eric Bibb ‘Dear America’

Margo Cilker ‘Pohorylle’

Martyn Joseph ’60’

Eamon O’Leary ‘The Silver Sun’

M.G Boulter ‘Clifftown’

Lawrence Illsley ‘Trees’

Amy Speace with The Orphan Brigade ‘There Used To Be Horses Here’

Jon Wilks ‘Up the Cut’

Aerial East ‘Try Harder’

Chuck Johnson ‘The Cinder Grove’

Jon Boden ‘Last Mile Home’

Vanessa Peters ‘Modern Age’

Liz Simmons ‘Poets’

Harbottle and Jonas ‘The Beacon’

Esther Rose ‘How Many Times’

Will Stratton ‘The Changing Wilderness’

The Magpie Arc ‘EP 3’

Jesse Terry ‘When We Wander’

Kimon Kirk ‘Altitude’

Emily Barker ‘Flight Path Rhymes’

Lewis Barfoot ‘Glenaphuca’

Neilson Hubbard ‘Digging Up The Scars’

Lady Nade ‘Willing’

The Deep Dark Woods ‘Changing Faces’

Alison Russell ‘Outside Child’

Adam Holmes ‘Dreamweaver’

Johanna Samuels ‘Excelsior!’

Adrian Crowley ‘The Watchful Eye of the Stars’

Paper Beat Scissors ‘La Mitad’

Harbottle and Jonas ‘The Beacon’

Ray Cooper ‘Land of Heroes’

Songs of the Year 2021

Here’s a Spotify playlist of my songs of the year.

I strongly urge you to buy albums from the artists on the playlist that you particularly like. Wherever possible do please buy from the artist direct through their website, Bandcamp, at a gig or through an independent record store.

There are quite understandably some artists who feature in my songs of the year who don’t wish to put their music up on Spotify. I wholly support that and the #BrokenRecord campaign hence my recommendation to buy albums from the artists after discovery their music through the playlist.

I’ve added links to the artists I haven’t been able to include in the list below, where I’ve been able to find a YouTube video.

Matt Hill – King of Liars
Jezz Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra – Foodbanks & Ferraris
Malcolm MacWatt (featuring Jaimee Harris) – Avalanche & Landslide

Albums of the year to come….

Amazingly it’s nearly that time of year again. The music press are publishing their albums of 2021.

I did my stand outs from the first 6 months of the year in July.

The full list I plan to post in late November.

In the meantime keep a look out for my songs of the year over the next few days.

I may create a Spotify playlist for these with the strong suggestion that if you enjoy what you hear please buy copies of the albums, wherever possible direct from the artists website, via their Bandcamp page, a gig or an independent record shop.

Pause on live shows

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control, 9 November’s show will be the last live broadcast of the Quiet Revolution for a while. HFM is making some temporary changes, similar to last year, whereby live programmes conclude at 6pm.

Hopefully, it will be possible in the not to distant future to record some shows for broadcast in my usual fortnightly slot on Tuesday.

I’ll keep you updated both here and on Twitter.

9 November 2021 playlist

From the record box

Glymjack Light the evening fire from Light The Evening Fire (2017 Storm Lantern) 

Danny George Wilson Sincerely Hoping from Another Place (2021 Loose Music)

Amythyst Kiah Wild Turkey from Wary + Strange (2021 Rounder Records) 

Sera Cahoone Deer creek canyon from Deer Creek Canyon (2012 Sub Pop Records)

Margo Cilker That River from Pohorylle (2021 Loose Music)

Joan Shelley The Fading from Like the river loves the sea (2019 No Quarter Records) 

Jacob & Drinkwater Nowhere on Sea from More Notes from the field (2021 Polyphonic Life Records)

Self Help Group Tiny Diggers digital download single (2021 The Self Help Group) 

Mishra New Air from Reclaim (2021 Mishra Music) 

Roxanne de Bastion London, I Miss You from You & Me, We Are The Same (2021 Music for Heroes)

Catherine Rudie London is Changing from The Mobius Kiss (2019 Rudie Records) 

The Story Song Scientists (Findlay Napier and Megan Henwood) Clouds from Quantum Lyrics EP (2021 Dharma Records) 

Sarah McQuaid Rabbit Hills from The St Buryan Sessions (2021 A Shovel

and a Spade Records)

Michael Chapman No song to sing from Rainmaker (1969 BGO Records) 

Billy Bragg Freedom doesn’t come for free from The Million Things That Never Happened (2021 Cooking Vinyl Records)

Martyn Joseph Born Too Late from 60 (2021 Pipe Records)

Waxahatchee Talking Dust Bowl Blues from Home in this World: Woody Guthrie Dustbowl Ballads (2021 Elektra Records) 

Samantha Crain Elk City from Under Branch Thorn and Tree (2015 Full Time Hobby)

Matt Hill Times are getting tough from Greedy Magicians II – Return of the Idle Drones (2021 Quiet Loner Records)

Malcolm MacWatt Avalanche & Landslides from Settler (2021 Malcolm MacWatt) 

Ric Robertson Anna Rose from Carolina Child (2021 Free Dirt Records) 

Mac MaCaughan Dawn Bends from The sound of yourself (2021 Merge Records)

Kate Ellis Wonderland digital download single (2021 River Rose Records)

Robb Johnson My Very Best of Friends from Minimum Wages (2021 Irregular Records)