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  • Camilla Vaitaitis

My Favorite Albums of the Year - 2022

For me, 2022 was a year of great musical discovery both as a listener and as an artist. I spent my time as a listener actively seeking out new artists, exploring music from different places around the world, cherishing releases from fellow Colorado locals and friends, and thinking deeply about the music that resonated the most with me. As an artist, I made strides in self-confidence, honed in on the music that is important to me, and felt myself open up expressively in refreshing ways.


One thing I noticed this year was that I wasn't as grabbed by full albums in 2022 as I have been in years past. I found myself loving a few tracks from a lot of albums, and not as many albums straight through. It's hard to say why this was - maybe my attention span got shorter thanks to the TikTok age of fast-paced consumption, maybe I spent too long with too few full albums, or maybe I'm becoming more critical somehow. Whatever the case, I'm trying not to criticize the way I listen, and I still came away with many albums that I loved all the way through.


I feel like I still have a million albums to listen to from this year, but instead of trying to squeeze them all in (and give them half-assed, rushed listens), I want to focus on the ones I can genuinely say I spent some time with and got know & love. I'm going to write about my number one favorite album of the year tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are the rest of the albums that stood out to me in 2022. I wrote about releases from friends yesterday, so the following list won't include those (even though they are all spectacular releases that I adored).

 

5. Nu Genea - Bar Mediterraneo

Release Date: May 13, 2022

Link to Purchase: https://nugenea.bandcamp.com/album/bar-mediterraneo


Mood: Upbeat, Danceable, Positive, Energizing

Favorite Tracks: Marechià, Vesuvio, & Tienaté


I wrote about this album in detail here.




4. Sessa - Estrela Acesa

Release Date: June 24, 2022

Link to Purchase: https://sessa.bandcamp.com/album/estrela-acesa


Mood: Mellow, Lush, Contemplative, Sentimental

Favorite Tracks: Canção da Cura, Dor Fordida, & Pele da Esfera


I wrote about this album in detail here.




3. Kikagaku Moyo - Kumoyo Island

Release Date: May 6, 2022

Link to Purchase: https://kikagakumoyoggb.bandcamp.com/album/kumoyo-island


Mood: Explorative, Psychedelic, Immersive, Jammy

Favorite Tracks: Monaka, Yayoi, Iyayoi & Nap Song


Seeing Kikagaku Moyo perform live was my favorite concert of the year. Read about it here.



2. Dandelion - All You Know

Release Date: April 17, 2022

Link to Purchase: https://matthewtavares.bandcamp.com/album/all-you-know


Mood: Wistful, Warm, Nostalgic, Reflective

Favorite Tracks: Sugar, All You Know, & Butterflies


I wrote about this album in detail here.




 

#1 will be revealed tomorrow, stay tuned!


Here are some other albums I enjoyed this year:


Palm - Nicks and Grazes

Melody's Echo Chamber - Emotional Eternal

Ty Segall - "Hello, Hi"

Triathalon - Spin

Sweet Trip - Seen/Unseen

Toro y Moi - MAHAL

Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Hether - play it pretty

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

Wet Leg - Wet Leg

Daniel Rossen - You Belong There

Anna Butterss - Activities

Time Wharp - Spiro World

Nilüfer Yanya – PAINLESS

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