Bill Cummings’ Albums of 2020

Bill Cummings’ Albums of 2020

Prior to Christmas we revealed our albums of 2020 poll, now here are my personal top fifty records of 2020, in all honesty after the first twenty albums there is not much to choose between them. Its an eclectic list that soundtracked a very tough and surreal year, that showed the best and worst of humanity.

Unable to tour for most of the year we need to support the artists we love so listen and buy!

I Break Horses – Warnings

Swedish artist Lindén sketches out widescreen cinematic soundscapes and invests them with her magnificently haunting vocals and vast vision. Crafting each song in her bedroom, she meticulously pieces together layers of mellotron, glistening synth loops, and underpins them with a pulsing rhythmic mainline. Six years in the making since the release of previous long-player Chiaroscuro, after numerous false starts, in my opinion, Warnings is I Break Horses’ most definitive statement yet.

Perfume GeniusSet My Heart On Fire Immediately

Hadreas is an artist, a master craftsman, who gets better with each release, his quivering voice and knowing use of textures, atmospheres, and hooks resplendently showing his growth. Reflecting vividly upon identity, pain, hope, queer sexuality, and plunging us all into his orbit, possessed of restraint and extravagance that is balanced artfully as he unfurls perhaps his finest record yet. And that’s saying something. Magnificent.

Roisin MurphyRoisin Machine

With decades in the industry Róisín Murphy still somehow seems under rated. Welcome to the Roisin Machine, ripe with knowing, hooks and infectious brilliance, invested with Murphy’s soulful wisdom and grooving, disco ball kissed dancefloor sound it offered an escapism during a time of grim reality.

IsletEyelet

Powys trio Islet‘s superlative third record Eyelet is coursing with perpetual motion and meditative depth of the undercurrents of water that flow through the Welsh hills of their home, elemental, hypnotic and spiritual, the cycle of life from birth to death.

The BethsJump Rope Gazers

The Beths are one of the best bands I’ve seen live in recent years. For the follow up to their awesome debut, the New Zealanders returned with the hooks, frenetic percussion and knack for a killer melody, but also showed off a more reflective side that concerned itself with heartbreak and long distance relationships. It’s a beguiling charming album that soundtracked the bipolar nature of lockdown and one that confirmed them as one of the best acts around.

KidsmokeA vision in the dark

WaxahatchteeSaint Cloud

Fenne LilyBreach

Porridge RadioEvery bad

Beach BunnyHoneymoon

Adrianne Lenker –  Songs

Moses SumneyGrae

GordiOur Two Skins

Katie MalcoFailures

Loma – Don’t Shy Away

Private WorldAleph

Thick – 5 Years Behind

Ani GlassMirores

R.A.P Ferreria  – Purple Moonlight Pages

Kelly Lee Owens  – Inner Song

Dana GavanskiGood Instead Of Bad

James Dean BradfieldEven In Exile

Choir Boy – Gathering Swans

Annie – Dark Hearts

Sault- Black Is

Keeley Forsyth – Debris

U.S Girls – Heavy Light

Chemtrails – The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable

The Allergies – Say the Word

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers

I Like Trains – KOMPROMAT

MT.Doubt – Doubtlands

Happy Spendy – You’re Doing Okay

Morgan Powers – Bugs in a Jar

Common – A Beautiful Revolution Part One

Ganser – Just look at that sky

Rona Mac – Sheelah

Deep Sea Diver – Impossible Weight

Carla J Easton – Weirdo

Tugboat Captain – Rut

Ultraflex – Visions of Ultraflex

Deyah – Care City

Squirrel Flower – I was Born Swimming

Georgia – Seeking Thrills

Krakow Loves Adama – Darkest Dream

Anta – Made by Desire

Hannah Georgas –  All that Emotion

Bambara – Stray

Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes – Sweetie

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