Frank Meadows made one of my favorite ‘singer-songwriter’ records of 2022 with Dead Weight, and further, contributed so much great music to the world with label he helps run, Dear Life Records. Frank and I had been talking about him doing a mix for a while, but life kept interfering with the timing of it, so I’m thrilled he had some downtime to put together this look back at 2022. Check out the BNDCMPR playlist as you dig through (and be sure to check out Frank’s record!) – ed.
VOCAL + SONG MUSIC: playlist
A playlist of some of my favorite tracks from my favorite song / singing based albums of 2022. Non-hierarchical but selected more in their relationships to each other and what they show collectively about songcraft. Some were released by Dear Life Records, the label I help run.
INSTRUMENTAL + IMPROVISED MUSIC
Highly recommended albums in no particular order of inspired and refreshing instrumental music by musicians and ensembles pushing themselves, each other and the medium.
‘Love, Crystal and Stone’ – TAK Ensemble and Ashkan Behzadi
‘…of Late’ – Jessica Pavone String Ensemble
‘Comradely Objects’ – Horse Lords
‘Oracle’ – Joanna Mattrey / gabby fluke-mogul
‘Pieces and Interludes’ – Eli Wallace
‘Heard From the Next Room’ – Michael Cormier-O’Leary
‘SPASM’ – JR Samuels
‘DAYTIMES’ – Zekkereya El-magharbel
‘Liverpool’ – Shane Parish
Music from before 2022 that provided fixation and new reference points
Minutemen – Double Nickels on The Dime (1984)
Songs Ohia – Magnolia Electric Company (2003)
Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown (1974)
Joanna Newsom – Divers (2015)