A few of my favourite albums from the year. My listening habits have changed over the years: working at home, focusing more on individual tracks in terms of popular music as Apple Music goes off on infinite play and well, yeah, maybe getting older — all have contributed to my album-oriented choices being more subdued.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: 12
A long-time hero of my girlfriend’s, from Yellow Magic Orchestra to the wondrous Playing the Piano 2022. Sakamoto died in March; this album had already become regular listening for me. I look forward to seeing OPUS, directed by his son.
Hania Rani: Ghosts
One of the soundtracks to my year of work, and evening reading.
Tim Hecker: No Highs
“Monotony II” is one of the standout tracks from this Canadian artist’s latest.