We almost made it to 2022! For me, the end of each year is a time for reflection and striving for better in the future. This type of reflection can span across many aspects of one’s life, including music! We can look back at how our musical tastes looked or changed over the past year. What did you listen to on repeat? What new music did you discover? I’m dedicating this post to reflect on my 2021 listening habits and recommend four albums that I listened to regularly this year. I hope that this inspires all of you to reflect on your own musical journey throughout the year. If you feel so inclined, please email me at [email protected] with your own recommendations, I’d love to hear them! For each album recommendation, I have provided a YouTube link to a song from that particular album. Feel free to give each song a listen! 

ARTIST: Meat Wave

ALBUM TITLE: S / T (2012)

Meat Wave is a Chicago-based punk band. Their music is loud and energetic, yet catchy.

SONG TO CHECK OUT: Keep Smoking

SIMILAR ARTISTS: PUP, Jeff Rosenstock, IDLES

ARTIST: Tones And I

ALBUM TITLE: Welcome to the Madhouse (2021)

GENRE: If you’re looking for a great pop album, this one provides steady dance beats mixed. Her voice is unforgettable and unique.

SONG TO CHECK OUT: Dance Monkey

SIMILAR ARTISTS: Billie Eilish, Sia, Tash Sultana

ARTIST: Darkher

ALBUM TITLE: Realms (2016)

Equal parts moody and atmospheric, Darkher is a UK artist that has a soothing and powerful voice. There are moments in the album where it’s ambient and quiet, and other moments where it’s loud and moody.

SONG TO CHECK OUT: Moths

SIMILAR ARTISTS: Chelsea Wolfe, Osi and the Jupiter, Heilung

ARTIST: Flying Raccoon Suit

ALBUM TITLE: Afterglow (2021)

GENRE: Those who say ska is dead should give this album a listen. This album revives third-wave ska-punk with high energy and catchy instrumentals.

SONG TO CHECK OUT: Hive Mind

SIMILAR ARTISTS: We Are The Union, Tape Girl, Chase Long Beach

Community Recommendations: 

  • Elisa G. recommends: Boygenius EP by  boygenius

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