It took some time (mostly due to Adrianne Lenker’s plaintive, unassuming vocals), but I finally “got” indie folk-pop quartet Big Thief with their fifth album, a 20-track, 80-minute-long behemoth that nonetheless proves they can do nearly everything. I’ve spun it more than any other album on this list including Spoon’s fellow February release, a back-to-basics rock record that also suggests a way forward with its closing title track, as languorous and wistful as late Roxy Music or Steely Dan.
Also, happy to report that “Chaise Longue” is no one-off, even if it’s still the undeniable highlight of Wet Leg’s s/t debut. The Angel Olsen and Father John Misty albums are the first of each of theirs that I’ve unreservedly liked; the first album in five years from Stars may not do anything new, but it is a neat summation/reminder of everything they do well–don’t be shocked if it makes my year-end list.
Favorite 2022 Albums So Far (in alphabetical order):
Andrew Bird, Inside Problems
Angel Olsen, Big Time
Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Cate Le Bon, Pompeii
Father John Misty, Chloe & The Next 20th Century
Hatchie, Giving The World Away
Spoon, Lucifer On The Sofa
Stars, From Capelton Hill
Wet Leg, Wet Leg
Now that I’m working full-time again, my movie viewing is down just a bit; I’ve also only made it to one film festival so far (IFF Boston, where I saw A Love Song and Girl Picture.) After a second viewing, Kogonada’s After Yang is near the very top of this (alphabetical) list, followed closely behind by Benediction, Terence Davies’ second poet biopic in a row and maybe his best film in three decades.
Favorite 2022 Films So Far:
Anne At 13,000 Feet
Drive My Car
Everything Everywhere All At Once
A Love Song
The Worst Person In The World