My top 10 artists from 2019 and a song from each.

Angel Olsen

“All Mirrors”

Big Thief


Billie Eilish

“bad guy”

FKA twigs

“holy terrain” ft. Future

girl in red

“bad idea!”

Holly Brewer

“Flesh Shapes”

Lana Del Rey

“Fuck It I Love You, The Greatest”

Kate Tempest

“Brown Eyed Man”

Orville Peck

“Turn to Hate”

Tara MacLean

“Love Song”


There is a melancholy beauty in “Hallelujah”, the new song by Haim.

The song is for anybody struggling with a chronic disease and the help and support you receive from those who surround you.

“Hallelujah” indeed. I think it works as a Christmas song.



Last month PVRIS released their 3rd EP, Hallucinations.

This Boston/Lowell band continues on an upward trajectory.

Listen here to the title track.    



A lengthy 5 years after Art Angel, Grimes will release her new album Miss Anthropocene in February.

As she explains it is a concept album about an “anthropomorphic goddess of climate change” in which “each song will be a different embodiment of human extinction”.

“So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth” leaves us with avid anticipation. 

“So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth”

Hanging Valleys

Hanging Valleys, a UK duo, create stunning ethereal songs.

Their 3rd EP, Behind the Backs of Houses, is due in February.

Drift to “Greeting the Night” and “The Shining Mountain”.

“Greeting the Night”

“The Shining Mountain”

Beach Bunny

Beach Bunny, a young quartet from Chicago, debut with the album Honeymoon on Valentine’s Day.

They impressed earlier in the year with the Prom Queen EP.

Hear both “Dream Boy” from the forthcoming and the aforementioned “Prom Queen”.  

“Dream Boy”

“Prom Queen”

Gabriel Black w/ phem

Gabriel Black, an enigmatic songwriter, teams with the sexually fluid singer phem for a song of an all-too-familiar contemporary state of being of ennui, stagnation and disenchantment.   

Listen here to “Dead Yet”

“Dead Yet”


Beabadoobee is the fabulous nom de plume of Beatrice Kristi Laus, a young Filipino-British artist.

Only 19, she has 5 Eps to her name. 

Here are 2 from her latest EP Space Cadet.

“Space Cadet” and “She Plays Bass”

“Space Cadet”

“She Plays Bass”


Vagabon, the Cameroonian-American self-taught multi-instrumentalist, offers her 2nd album, simply entitled Vagabon, self-produced as well.

Listen to the infectious “Water Me Down”.

“Water Me Down”

Matt Berninger & Phoebe Bridgers

Matt Berninger, frontman of The National and songstress Phoebe Bridgers duet in the Zach Galifianakis comedy, Between Two Ferns.

“Walking on a String” perfectly blends these two voices.

“Walking on a String”

Fatboy Slim and Greta Thunberg

Fatboy Slim has mashed up his song “Right Here, Right Now” with climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s United Nations speech.

Truly marvelous.

16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri – HP1EF9N1AIFX9

“Right Here, Right Now”

Holly Brewer

Holly Brewer, the extraordinary singer behind HUMANWINE and The Folks Below, has recorded another stunner, this time under her own name.

Medicine of Time Travel is her own personal meditation via eclectic stylings, from a whisper to a scream.

Hear 2 here:

“Flesh Shapes”


Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan once again gives us another luxurious album.

Lost Girls, her 5th, features the exquisite “Kids in the Dark”.  

“Kids in the Dark”

Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval, a Norwegian singer/songwriter just released her 7th album.

The Practice of Love includes these 2 marvelous songs, “Ashes to Ashes” and “High Alice”.

“Ashes to Ashes”

“High Alice”

Cigarettes After Sex

The wonderfully named Cigarettes After Sex, is a dream-pop band based in Brooklyn via El Paso, Texas.

Listen to “Heavenly”, the lovely early release from their forthcoming 2nd album Cry.


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