I picked up some great releases by the Australian artists after working through Double J’s Best of 2021 list, including a couple of impressive debuts and an intriguing musical re-invention.
Excellent sophomore album about the dangers and costs of fame; beautiful meditation on grief and loss; the Queen of Electro Smut.
I found that while I still had enthusiasm for reading new books and watching new films and TV series in lockdown, when it came to music my overwhelming mood was to shut down, listen to the music I already loved, and not make much effort to get into something new. I did however make an exception for a couple of my favourite ladies, both making interesting pivots from their previous work.
Lana Del Rey finally makes a great album; a catch up with the latest from my favourite otherworldly duo; a musical snapshot of the year 2020 according to Triple J.
Classy disco; inventive pop hybrid that mixes R&B with metal; electronic soul food.
Another musical trio of Haim sisters (from Israel rather than Los Angeles); a concept album about the goddess of climate crisis; brilliant electronic re-invention.
Sad songs from a Scandi songstress that you can dance to; brilliant third album from the UK soul man; a grim title for the not-so-grim music.
Playing catch-up with a long-time musical love and my new favourite Norwegian singer-songwriter.
Sumptuous vintage-flavoured loveliness; no sophomore slump from the queen of experimental pop.