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Barbara Merkley

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Bob Boilen at his Little Desk.


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Bob Boilen at his Small Desk.


I really don’t observe Television set reveals or films, but I slide in love simply with tracks that have a very good tale and 2021 was a calendar year complete of gripping tales by some outstanding storytellers.

Lucy Dacus took us back again to her high faculty and family vacation bible school times on her album Property Video clip. Her tune “Thumbs” was a painful tale about revenge that was frequently difficult to hear, but so skillfully executed. I necessary humor in 2021 much too, and fortunately there was a good deal to be uncovered in tracks like “Back again of My Hand,” a tale of in excess of-the-prime fandom by Bachelor (a collaboration between Jay Som and Palehound) Tōth’s “Turn About (Cocaine Track)” is the tale of trumpeter Alex Tōth staying questioned to engage in Ave Maria at his aunt Mary’s funeral but as an alternative getting his addictions overtaking him and passing out in pew. Damp Leg’s “Chaise Longue” was the funniest rock track about sex in many years.

Soaked Leg, a duo from the Isle of Wight who have set out just 4 songs – all this yr – ended up amongst a amount of new artists I fell passionately for in 2021. Olivia Rodrigo, Ada Lea, Charlie Hickey, Arooj Aftab, Aisha Badru, mehro, No-No Boy, lady in crimson, Orla Gartland, NEFFY (our 2021 Tiny Desk Contest winner), dodie, Joy Oladokun and Semler are some of the other individuals that manufactured my 2021 listening so fulfilling.

So acquire the songs on this playlist for a spin. There is so much to discover and share. And in a 12 months that was so challenging for artists to make a dwelling, I urge you to guidance the types you appreciate.

Best 10 ALBUMS

1. Lucy Dacus, Property Movie
2. Bachelor, Doomin’ Solar
3. Continual Vacation, Get the Corners Gently
4. Olivia Rodrigo, Sour
5. Arooj Aftab, Vulture Prince
6. Tōth, You and Me and Every thing
7. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine, A Beginner’s Head
8. Cassandra Jenkins, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
9. Jónsi, Obsidian
10. Ada Lea, just one hand on the steering wheel the other stitching a backyard

Top rated 10 Tunes

1. Wet Leg, “Chaise Longue”
2. Lucy Dacus, “Thumbs”
3. Cassandra Jenkins, “Really hard Generate”
4. Bachelor (Jay Som & Palehound), “Again of My Hand”
5. Olivia Rodrigo, “Brutal”
6. Tōth, “Turnaround (Cocaine Music)”
7. Arooj Aftab, “Suroor”
8. Saint Sister, “Manchester Air”
9. Aisha Badru, “Rebirth”
10. Charlie Hickey, “Ten Toes Tall”

* A person track lacking from streaming services is by our 2021 Very small Desk Contest winner NEFFY. Here is “Hold out Up.”

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