2020 is the first year that I’ve not concentrated on singles that I’ve bought but have included songs from streaming to compile this list.
To qualify a streaming track has had to be released as a single AND received a number of plays as a single in the MPT household . Taking Bob Mould’s singles this year ‘American Crisis’ was played over and over so is included whilst ‘Siberian Butterfly’ is just as great but its plays really got subsumed into album plays.
Whereas I’ve struggled to rank the albums, I’ve done so fairly easily for the 20 singles. The only exception is that I’ve awarded two singles the number one slot jointly because I a) can’t and b) don’t want to separate them.
1= Big Joanie – Cranes In The Sky*
1= Malibu Shark Attack! – The People Could Fly*
3 Bob Mould – American Crisis
4 Penfriend – Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine*
5 De Rosa – Mystery Walks*
6 Jill Lorean – Eyes on the Bird*
7 Wire – Primed and Ready
8 Steve Wynn – Make It Up To You
9 Pictish Trail – Lead Balloon
10 Sophia – We See You (Taking Aim)
11 Nap Eyes – Mark Zuckerberg
12 Randolph’s Leap – Up In Smoke
13 Throwing Muses – Dark Blue
14 Lloyd James Fay – Idiocracy*
15 The Beths – Dying to Believe
16 Savage Mansion – Weird Country
17 Filthy Tongues – Gas Mask Blues*
18 Echo Machine – The Road
19 Mitchell Museum – Your Shadow Left Home*
20 Obey Robots – Let It Snow*
* songs bought as singles. All other songs are placed based on streaming.
2020 was also a strong year for E.P.s with many of these being lockdown releases. Indeed there were so many, I’m sure I’ve completely missed out on some I should know.
The entire list is worthy of your attention, but I’m picking out five exceptional records
1. Lomond Campbell- Slow Hearts
2. Jill Lorean – Not Your First
3. King Hannah – Tell Me Your Mind and I’ll Tell You Mine
4. Lloyd James Fay – Fake Depth
5. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Woodpiles On The Side of the Road and others
The Alien Cormorant and Cecilia Miradoli – From My House To Your House
Broken Chanter – Ambient 1 – 5
Cancel The Astronauts – Vertical Learning Curve
Tanya Donelly – Big Love Bends Time EP
Stef Fi – Girlhood
Firestations – Automatic Tendencies
Chris Forsyth – Techno Top: Solar Live Vol 4
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Woodpiles On The Side of the Road
Idle Ray – Demo
Lomond Campbell – Lost Bleeps
Neil Scott Pennycook – Meursault Vols 1 and 2
The Polychromes – Polychrome
Adam Stafford – Music For Reface CP
Whin – Questing and Untitled
Coming tomorrow – 2020 Albums.