Want to discover some new music? Why not take a listen to the third show in my series focusing on tracks from some of my favourite albums of the last year.
I like this list from No Depression. Great to see Adia Victoria, amongst others, included.
Mojo’s main list, only includes a couple of albums that have made their way onto my 90 favourite albums of 2021.
However, the americana list is generally more reflective, at least in part, with my year-end releases.
Uncut’s list is an interesting one. It certainly includes far fewer of my own choices although The Weather Station, Cassandra Jenkins and Hiss Golden Messenger do make an appearance which I’m pleased to see.
As well as my own choices of favourite albums and EP’s of the year there have, of course, been many other year-end lists.
The Folk Radio UK 100 albums listing resonates well with me, featuring as it does a number of the albums that populate my favourites.
Take a look below.
Inevitably whatever point near the end of a year I choose to post my favourite album releases there will be records I’ve belatedly discovered or new releases that I would have liked to include in my list. Well, here they are for this year.
They are in no order of preference, just numbered to make for ease of reading. Enjoy exploring them.
And if you haven’t checked out the other 85 please investigate those too here https://adamwilsonsquietrevolution.net/2021/11/19/the-quiet-revolution-albums-of-the-year-2/
- Yasmin Williams – Urban Driftwood
2. Julie Doiron – The Thought of You
3. Salt House – Working for Zeus EP
4. The Memory Band – Colours
5. Spell Songs II – Let The Light In
Phoebe Bridgers (featuring Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger) 7 ‘o’ clock news/Silent Night from If We Make It Through December EP (2020 Dead Oceans)
Jacob and Drinkwater More Notes from More Notes from the field (2021 Polyphonic Life Records)
Saint Sister with Lisa Hannigan The Place That I Work from Where Should I End (2021 i.e:too)
The Little Unsaid Fine World (When you can look it in the eye) from December Songs (2021 Reveal Records)
Eamon O’Leary Houses and Lands from The Silver Sun (2021 Reveal Records)
Josienne Clarke The Collector from A Small Unknowable Thing (2021 Corduroy Punk Records)
Karima Walker Reconstellated from Waking the Dreaming Body (2021 Keeled Scales)
Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith Hope is before us from Awake Arise: a Winter album (2019 Ear Trumpet Music)
Esther Rose Songs Remain from How Many Times (2021 Full Time Hobby Records)
John Smith (featuring The Milk Carton Kids) The Fray from The Fray (2021 Commoner Records)
The Felice Brothers To Do List from From Dreams to Dust (2021 Yep Roc Records)
Anais Mitchell and Thomas Bartlett I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day single (2019 Brassland)
Loebe and Napier Joy to the world, I guess single (2017 Cheery Groove Records)
Take a listen by clicking on the link to my MixCloud below.
And do let me know what you think, and the tracks and albums you particularly like.
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’
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’
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’
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.