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All Songs Thought of : NPR

All Songs Thought of : NPR


Tomberlin's i don't know who needs to hear this... is among Bob Boilen's favorite albums of 2022.

Picture Illustration: Jackie Lay/NPR

Tomberlin's i don't know who needs to hear this... is among Bob Boilen's favorite albums of 2022.

Picture Illustration: Jackie Lay/NPR

Phrases and textures drive my love of music greater than beats and hooks. It is not all the time a story that grabs me, although that certainly occurs. What’s greatest is when the poetry of the phrases, or the story they inform, appear woven proper into the tone or ambiance of a tune. The sensation of depth when story and sound construct a sense of intense connection makes me wish to hearken to a report time and again. Simply click on on any of the songs beneath, and also you’re sure to listen to what I imply.

Among the many artists who made my record of 2022 favorites are fairly a number of new to me, together with the charming, generally goofy, catchy debut album from Moist Leg. I used to be thrilled to find the mysterious tangle of sounds made by Saya Grey and the recent tackle a sound you may need heard in a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western, delivered by Hermanos Gutiérrez. I additionally found Anna Tivel‘s poetic and cinematic sounds; Curse of Lono‘s deep storytelling; the uplifting banjo, fiddle and harmonies of Mama’s Broke and the darkish underbelly of caroline.

It was additionally a 12 months during which previous favorites made higher data than ever; possibly the time away from touring throughout COVID, formed richer, extra introspective units of songs. On this group I will embrace Huge Thief‘s Dragon New Heat Mountain I Imagine In You, which is each hefty and filled with levity; the gorgeous, spacious sounds heard throughout Tomberlin‘s i do not know who wants to listen to this…; the atmospheric self-titled album that Florist recorded on a porch within the Hudson Valley and Kevin Morby‘s This Is A {Photograph}, his reflections on household, life and demise created after a pilgrimage to Memphis.

Beneath you will discover two lists: my 20 favourite albums and my prime 40 songs of 2022, each ranked. After all, there’s a lot extra price listening to, and I made a playlist that stretches to 100 songs that can hopefully aid you uncover some gems you will have missed in a 12 months that felt like an awesome deluge of creativity and discovery within the rock-ish, folk-ish world I like to dive into.


1. Tomberlin, i do not know who wants to listen to this…
2. Huge Thief, Dragon New Heat Mountain I Imagine In You
3. Moist Leg, Moist Leg
4. Florist, Florist
5. Curse of Lono, Folks In Automobiles
6. Regina Spektor, House, earlier than and after
7. Saya Grey, 19 MASTERS
8. Lizzy McAlpine, 5 seconds flat
9. Aldous Harding, Heat Chris
10. Kevin Morby, This Is A {Photograph}
11. The A’s, Fruit
12. Wilco, Merciless Nation
13. Spiritualized, All the things Was Lovely
14. Porridge Radio, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky
15. Julia Jacklin, PRE PLEASURE
16. caroline, caroline
17. Mama’s Broke, Slender Line
18. Joan Shelley, The Spur
19. Gang of Youths, angel in realtime.
20. Hermanos Gutiérrez, El Bueno Y El Malo


1. Regina Spektor, “Up The Mountain”
2. Curse Of Lono, “So Damned Lovely” (feat Tess Parks)
3. Tomberlin, “stoned”
4. Huge Thief, “Spud Infinity”
5. Porridge Radio, “Again To The Radio”
6. Florist, “Purple Chicken Pt. 2 (Morning)”
7. Lizzy McAlpine, “reckless driving (ft. Ben Kessler)”
8. Hurray for the Riff Raff, “PRECIOUS CARGO”
9. Madi Diaz, “Hangover”
10. Spiritualized, “All the time Collectively With You”
11. Gang of Youths, “you in every little thing”
12. Frank Turner, “A Wave Throughout A Bay”
13. Anna Tivel, “Outsiders”
14. The Beths, “Skilled in a Dying Subject”
15. Hermanos Gutiérrez, “El Bueno Y El Malo”
16. Moist Leg, “Angelica”
17. Craig Finn, “Messing with the Settings”
18. Aldous Harding, “Ennui”
19. Winter, “good”
21. Horace Andy, “Feverish”
22. King Princess, “Cursed”
23. Cassandra Jenkins, “Pygmalion”
24. Jesca Hoop, “Hatred Has a Mom”
25. Julia Jacklin, “Moviegoer”
26. Wilco, “I Am My Mom”
27. Deer Scout, “Peace with the Injury”
28. Sudan Archives, “Egocentric Soul”
29. Arooj Aftab, “Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)”
30. Joan Shelley, “The Spur”
31. Mama’s Broke, “How It Ends”
32. The A’s, “He Wants Me”
33. Beth Orton, “Endlessly Younger”
34. Huge Thief, “Certainty”
35. Brian Eno, “We Let It In”
36. Brittany Davis, “I Select to Reside”
37. caroline, “Darkish Blue”
38. The Comet is Coming, “TECHNICOLOUR”
39. Courtney Marie Andrews, “These Are The Good Outdated Days”
40. dani mack, “Sometime”



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