I am predisposed to melancholia, I wear it fondly like a favorite shirt. But over the course of the last year it started to feel more like a dolorous shroud. Every week brought new stories of lives lost, savagery at home and abroad, and political debacles. There was nowhere to escape. Four of the artists featured below died this year; possibly all of them knowing they were making their last record. That they managed to create such vital work is a beautiful but bittersweet epitaph. Was 2016 the apogee of sadness – the point at which the light seems furthest away? The upcoming inauguration would seem to suggest a long, dark stretch. Only time will tell.


I probably listened to these great records just as much as those above:


Some nice moments in:

The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
Plaza – Quilt
s/t – Eric Bachmann
s/t – case/lang/veirs
Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
The Catastrophist – Tortoise
Schmilco – Wilco
Crab Day – Cate Le Bon
Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest


I couldn’t get enough of this track from her yet to be released debut:

All To Myself” – Amber Coffman


Still haven’t listened to:

Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave




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