Saturday morning, December 31st, 2022.
Here we are at the precipice of another year. And though I honestly didn’t have high hopes for this year, it was an improvement on the previous two, which makes me think it can only get better from here. Right?
If you’ve been paying attention to these pages over the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen me counting down my favourite albums released in 2022, the number one album seeing the light of day just yesterday. And now, keeping with the tradition I started over the last couple of years, I’ve left the final instalment of my annual four-part playlist sharing some of my favourite new tunes released during the year to post on this last day of the year. You are welcome to go back and revisit parts one, two, and three, which include songs from the first three quarters of 2022. This final playlist, much like the previous three, collects twenty-five bangers from the last three months. Usually, I would have to bolster this last part with the b-sides, or tracks that I just missed including in the previous three parts, but there was plenty of great new music this time around and I only needed to add a small handful.
Before I carry on, I just wanted to thank those of you who have been reading and listening along this year and for the past handful. I write these words and share these thoughts and it’s all just for the passion of it, for the love of music. So let’s just enjoy this moment and the music that makes it. These here are the final twenty five tunes of the year that have made it all bearable. Highlights include:
- Where else would I start this last playlist but something from the newest album Canadian indie pop heroes, Alvvays, and “After the earthquake” is everything that we would have hoped it would be
- “Let the lights on” is a grimy ear worm that begs repeat listens and Sorry is not apologizing for it
- Don’t be fooled by the moniker, Skullcrusher is not death metal but delicate and lilting indie pop and “Whatever fits together” is just that
- “Hurricane” and its country/folk delight has us hoping for more from Plains, the collaborative efforts of Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson
- Canadian quartet Sloan shows us that power pop is still safe in their hands with their latest album and this new single “Magical thinking”
- Canadian indie folk troubadour Dan Mangan is the latest in a string of artists to pay tribute to former Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, promising everyone that we’ll be “In your corner”
- I’ve let Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess close things off with a ray of sunshine and hope and “Here comes the weekend” and a brand new year
Here is the entire playlist as I’ve created it:
1. “After the earthquake” Alvvays (from the album Blue rev)
2. “Satellite” Courtney Marie Andrews (from the album Loose future)
3. “Let the lights on” Sorry (from the album Anywhere but here)
4. “Baby don’t you know” Ciel (from the EP Nor in the sun, nor in the dark)
5. “Into the blue” Broken Bells (from the album Into the blue)
6. “Whatever fits together” Skullcrusher (from the album Quiet the room)
7. “Part of the band” The 1975 (from the album Being funny in a foreign language)
8. “Emily smiles” The Lightning Seeds (from the album See you in the stars)
9. “My very best” The Big Moon (from the album Here is everything)
10. “Hurricane” Plains (from the album I walked with you a ways)
11. “See you better now” Wild Pink (from the album ILYSM)
12. “Warm wine” Batts (from the album The nightline)
13. “Abigail” Frankie Cosmos (from the album Inner world peace)
14. “Magical thinking” Sloan (from the album Steady)
15. “One day (it’s being scheduled)” Robyn Hitchcock (from the album Shufflemania!)
16. “Swallow” Girlpuppy (from the album When I’m alone)
17. “In your corner (for Scott Hutchison)” Dan Mangan (from the album Being somewhere)
18. “Out of my head” First Aid Kit (from the album Palomino)
19. “Come on sun” Jason Collett (from the album Head full of wonder)
20. “Morningstar” Smut (from the album How the light felt)
21. “Children of the empire” Weyes Blood (from the album And in the darkness, hearts aglow)
22. “Working for the knife” Mitski (from the album Laurel Hell)
23. “Jackie down the line” Fontaines D.C. (from the album Skinty fia)
24. “Civil liberties” Fake Palms (from the album Lemons)
25. “Here comes the weekend” Tim Burgess (from the album Typical music)
Those of you who are on the Apple Music train can click here to sample the above tracks as a whole playlist.
And as always, wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and continue to be well. Above all, enjoy the tunes.
If you’re interested in checking out any of the other playlists I’ve created and shared on these pages, you can peruse them here.