In an effort to spark my creativity, at the start of the year I instituted a new system where I spend some time every Sunday researching new albums. Then I listen to a new album every weekday while I’m answering emails. Most I just listen to once, but occasionally I’ll find some gems that become instant favorites.
I highly recommend this! It’s inspiring to hear so many different artists. It’s definitely been a boon.
So now I’m taking a page from President Obama’s book and sharing a summer playlist of my ten favorite songs from the past year (basically cheating a little and including 2020-2021). Available as a Spotify playlist here, or check out the songs below.
Hope you find some new favorites!
#10: Jessie Ware, “What’s Your Pleasure”
#9: Amaarae, “Sad Girlz Luv Money”
#8: The Weather Station, “Subdivisions”
#7: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson “Head of the Lake”
#6: Adrienne Lenker, “Anything”
#5: Chuck Johnson, “Constellation”
#4: Phoebe Bridgers, “Kyoto”
#3: Yasmin Williams, “Juvenescence”
#2: Cassandra Jenkins, “Hard Drive”
#1: Arooj Aftab, “Mohabbat”
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