I forgot I had to do a Recommended Albums of December 2020 post after I had written “this is my last post for 2020” on my 2020 Retrospective. I was pretty tuned out of new music halfway through December, so only six albums featured here. They’re still good! Hope you enjoy!
The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You [Astralwerks]
Star-studded third album from the Australian sampling legends. Haven’t spent too much time with this yet, but these guys are my all-time favs so it’ll likely grow on me even more. Some great grooves on it already upon first and second passes.
Ichiko Aoba – Windswept Adan [Hermine]
Immaculately produced and arranged chamber pop and folk from Japan. Her deepest sound yet. I’ve only listened a few times but definitely diving in for more, there’s plenty of sonic material to uncover here.
Kelly Moran & Prurient – Chain Reaction At Dusk [Hospital Productions]
Split EP between two unique auteurs that spurred after performing with Oneohtrix Point Never. Gorgeous piano recordings juxtaposed with atmospheric noise suites.
Mica Levi – Ruff Dog [Self-Released]
Distorted and disorienting lo-fi pop recordings from one of the world’s smartest production and songwriting minds.
Rico Nasty – Nightmare Vacation [Sugar Trap]
Pummeling, high-energy rap with heavy emphasis on Rico’s razor-sharp bars and barn-burning production.
Suss – Promise [Northern Spy]
Floating, blissful ambient country. Full of slide guitar, drones and open air.