While I realise that lists are utterly self-indulgent and unnecessary, and my time should perhaps be spent on getting actual Content™ written and edited (rather than letting this account wither), I thought I might as well ‘indulge’ momentarily to provide a brief-ish account of the music and films that made an impact on me this year.

*Potential Top 10-ers.

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MUSIC

  • Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band: Pedal Steal + Four Corners*
  • Otoboke Beaver: Itekoma Hits*
  • Ebi Soda: Bedroom Tapes
  • FKA twigs: MAGDALENE*
  • Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble: Where Future Unfolds
  • Slauson Malone: A Quiet Farwell, 2016–2018
  • Caroline Polachek: Pang
  • Kokoko!: Fongola
  • Show Me the Body: Dog Whistle*
  • black midi: schlagenheim*
  • Powder: Powder in Space
  • Snapped Ankles: Stunning Luxury
  • Floating Points: Crush
  • CHAI: PUNK
  • Default Genders: Main Pop Girl 2019
  • The Caretaker: Everywhere at the End of Time*
  • Marc Mac: All Power to the People
  • Florist: Emily Alone
  • Glass Beach: the first glass beach album
  • The Comet is Coming: Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
  • Holly Herndon: PROTO*
  • Orville Peck: Pony
  • Quelle Chris: Guns
  • Ohtearsofjoy: bonsoir, fucker
  • Richard Dawson: 2020*
  • Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising*
  • Nonlocal Forecast: Bubble Universe!
  • Xiu Xiu: Girl with Basket of Fruit
  • Angel Bat Dawid: The Oracle
  • Solange: When I Get Home
  • Brittany Howard: Jaime
  • W.H. Lung: Incidental Music
  • Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs
  • Amyl and the Sniffers: Amyl and the Sniffers
  • Bill Callahan: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  • Lingua Ignota: CALIGULA*
  • (Sandy) Alex G: House of Sugar
  • Big Thief: Two Hands
  • Fuming Mouth: The Grand Descent
  • Avenade: It’s a Whimsical Afterlife
  • Dump Him: Dykes to Watch Out For
  • Billy Woods and Kenny Segal: Hiding Places
  • Angel Olsen: All Mirrors
  • Injury Reserve: Injury Reserve
  • MIKE: tears of joy
  • Thom Yorke: ANIMA
  • Great Grandpa: Four of Arrows
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FILMS

  • Happy as Lazzaro* (dir. Alice Rohrwacher)
  • Rushing Green with Horses* (dir. Ute Aurand)
  • Knife + Heart* (dir. Yann Gonzalez)
  • Us (dir. Jordan Peele)
  • The Irishman* (dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Diamantino* (dir. Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt)
  • Atlantics* (dir. Mati Diop)
  • Hale County This Morning This Evening* (dir. RaMell Ross)
  • High Flying Bird (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
  • Little Women* (dir. Greta Gerwig)
  • E-Ticket (dir. Simon Liu)
  • Lima Screams* (dir. Dana Bonilla, Ximena Valdivia)
  • The Body Remembers When the World Broken Open* (dir. Kathlenn Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers)
  • Bait (dir. Mark Jenkin)
  • Tux and Fanny (dir. Albert Birney)
  • The Dead Don’t Die (dir. Jim Jarmusch)

MA Film and Film Cultures / BA Film Studies and Visual Arts grad. Editor of [MASS]: https://medium.com/massartspop / Letterboxd: https://boxd.it/1luTR/

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