In 2020 I (we) spent a lot of time at home. That meant that I was discovering way more music than normal. I also got to reconnect with old artists which music I still love, but for some reason had dropped some time ago. It also was good for my taste—I found myself listening to quite a lot of different things, not only metal.
As I like recording things such as my music taste through time, this post is a way to look back at the year in terms of the songs I listened to the most, artists I fell in love with and new music or genres I found.
This was a find like no other—I usually don't listen to funk or jazz, even though I do like both genres. While I knew they were a band due to their plugin, Vulf Compressor, I hadn't dug through their records. Turns out I love them! They have a very special sauce for making catchy, melodic songs that are still fun to listen to and play. Not only this, but each musician in that band is amazing on their own right: Woody can write super melodic, instrumental songs (he wrote Dean Town), Theo is an amazing drummer AND compositor, Joe Dart is, well, Joe friggin' Dart, and Jack Stratton is just a mastermind.
I tend to listen to songs, not really bands, but these guys are just too good. Here are a few songs I'd recommend:
But I'd really encourage you to listen to most of their albums, and especially the live versions of their songs. Pieces like Dean Town, My First Car, or Beastly, get faster, "fuller" with more instruments playing and have their own special touches.
This Icelandic composer is an artist I have still to dig through a lot, but he's already incredibly high on my music list this year. He catched my attention with the album Island Songs, which has Doria in it: a Piano song which reminds me of watching a sunrise somewhere very, very cold. It sounds like hope, basically.
I love me some melodic electronic music, and dubstep tends to be quite a very good genere to write that style in—mainly because you can get huge feelings of euphoria and still be very groovy. MitiS has great songs, shattered was the one that catched my attention.
Even though I put artists I actually listened to, as in check out their discography, there were a bunch of great songs I discovered this year, either by artists I already knew, or that I didn't know and have still yet to discover fully. Here are some of them:
Most of these are not metal, which is the pretty surprising part. This year was all about listening to different music, and that turned out very well! Most of those songs, at some point of the year, were on repeat while I was working.
There were a few:
These are mostly songs which are the foundations of my playlists or working music, but just did not make it to the post. Here are some of them:
That would be Dawn, by Hiatus. This was not necessarily the most listened to song of 2020 for me (Spotify says it actually was Archspire's Lucid Collective Somnambulation), but it was the most intentionally listened to song of this year. As I said, it's a great song for thinking, and I had to do a lot of that this year.
Now, with all of that said, cheers to 2021!