My favourite releases of the year 2022

It’s been another fine year musically even though in other ways it’s a year I’d like to forget. Lots of favourites with a list reaching 78 entries, if I’ve counted accurately that is! I need to emphasise they are not in any order of preference, that is completely impossible. They are simply the albums and EP’s that resonated the most with me in the last 12 months.

Inevitably as soon as you post a list like this, there will be another fantastic album that I’d have wanted to include, if I’d chanced upon it before/it was released earlier etc. C’est la vie!

Elsewhere I’ll post my songs of the year. I have a Tidal account and I’ll see if I can provide the link, so anyone who listens to the show and also is a subscriber to Tidal will be able to take a listen.

Maz O’Connor What I Wanted (2022 Restless Head Records)

The Weather Station How It Is That I Should Look At The Stars (2022 Fat Possum Records)

Laura Veirs Found Light (Bella Union)

Rachel Taylor-Beales Out of this Frame (2022 Hushland Records)

Andrew Bird Inside Problems (2022 Wegawam Music) 

Josienne Clarke Now and Then (2022 Corduroy Punk Records)

Katie Spencer The Edge of the Land (2022 Lightship Records)

Dan Whitehouse The Glass Age (2022 Dan Whitehouse) 

Carson McHone Still Life (2022 Loose Music) 

Mary Gauthier Dark Enough To See The Stars (2022 In the Black) 

Logan Farmer A Mold for the Bell (2022 Western Vinyl)

Miriam Jones Reach for the Morning (2022 Miriam Jones) 

Tomberlin I Don’t Know Who Needs To Hear This (2022 Saddle Creek) 

Noble Jacks Last of the Wild (2022 Union Music Label)

Kathryn Williams Night Drives (2022 One Little Independent Records) 

The Low Drift The Low Drift (2022 Cwm Saerbran)

Abigail Lapell Stolen Time (2021 Outside Music)

Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (2022 4AD) 

Hannah Rarity To Have You Near (2022 Hannah Rarity)

Jana Horn Optimism (2022 No Quarter Records)

Joan Shelley The Spur (2022 No Quarter Records)

Georgia Ruth Kingfisher EP (2022 Bubblewrap Records)

Pete Gow Leo (2022 Clubhouse Records) 

Bryde Still (2022 Seahorse Music) 

Bedouine Waysides (2022 Bedouine Music)

Police Dog Hogan Overground (2022 Major Tom Records) 

Sykes Martin Unquenching Fire (2022 Dragonfly Roots) 

Man the Lifeboats Soul of Albion (2022 Woodhead Records)

Chris Cleverley Broadcast the secret verse (2022  Opiate Records) 

Macie Stewart Mouth full of glass (2022 Full Time Hobby) 

David Ford May You Live In Interesting Times (2022 David Ford) 

John Moreland Birds in the Ceiling (2022 Old Omens)

Ben Harper Bloodline Maintenance (2022 Chrysalis Records) 

Luke James Williams Our Blood is Red (2022 Luke James Williams) 

Lambchop The Bible (2022 City Slang)

Skullcrusher Quiet the room (2022 Secretly Canadian) 

Jennifer Crook The Broken Road Home (2022 Transatlantic Roots)

Beth Orton Weather Alive (2022 Partisan Records)

Luke Daniels The Cobhers (2022 Gael Records) 

The Little Unsaid Fable (2022 Carbon Moon)

Fritilaries (2022 Pear O’Legs Records) 

Anna Tivel Outsiders (2022 Mama Bird Recording Co)

David Ford and Annie Dressner 48 Hours(2022 David Ford and Annie Dressner) 

Angeline Morrison The Sorrow Songs (2022 Topic Records)

Bonny light Horseman Rolling Golden Holy (2022 37d03d) 

Phil Jones St Peter’s Thumb (2022 Long Way Home Music)

Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler For all our days that tear the heart (2022 EMI Records)

Courtney Marie Andrews Loose Future (2022 Fat Possum Records) 

Polly Paulusma The Pivot On Which The World Turns (2022 Wildsound Recordings) 

The Magpies Undertow (2022 Gilded Lily Records) 

Sam Sweeney Escape That (2022 Hudson Records) 

The Magpie Arc Glamour in the Grey (2022 Collective Perspective) 

Alela Diane Looking Glass (2022 Naive)

Lady Maisery Tender (2022 Lady Maisery) 

Robert Lane Homeworking from Homeworking (2022 Robert Lane) 

Bill Callahan Reality (2022 City Slang)

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage Winter’s Night from Ink of the Rosy Morning (2022 Topic Records)

Old Fire Voids (2022 Western Vinyl)

Josephine Foster Godmother (2021 Fire Records) 

Bity Booker Dreaming in the morning (2022 Bity Booker)

Erin Rae Lighten Up (2022 Good Memory)

Hurray for the Riff Raff Life On Earth (2022 Nonesuch Records)

Aoife O’Donovan  Age of apathy (2022 Yep Roc Records) 

The Delines The Sea Drift (2022 Decor Records)

Suthering If We Turn Away (2022 Suthering)

Amy Correia As We Are EP (2022 Amy Correia)

Iona Lane Hallival (2022 Iona Lane)

Elles Bailey Shining In The Half Light (2022 Outlaw Music)

Boo Hewerdine Understudy (2022 Reveal Records)

Niamh Regan In the Meantime EP (2022 Niamh Regan) 

Cowboy Junkies Five Years from Songs of the Recollection (2022 Proper Records)

Anais Mitchell Anais Mitchell (2022 BMG) 

Breabach Fas (2022 Breabach Records) 

Julia Jacklin Pre-Pleasure (2022 Transgressive Records) 

The Trials of Cato Gog Magog (2022 Trials of Cato) 

Jackie Oates Gracious Wings (2022 Needle Pin Records) 

Hushman Hushman (2022 Hudson Records) 

Nils Frahm Music for Animals (2022 Leiter Verlag) 

Hannah Read and Michael Starkey Cross the Rolling Water (2022 Hudson Records)

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