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At the end of every year, we reflect on things that inspired us over the previous 12 months and compile a list from our contributing artists.

You can listen to a selection of songs via playlists on either Spotify or Apple Music.

Behold, our annual list of music (mostly) that inspired us in 2018:

Joshua Van Tassel

Jon Hopkins: Singularity

I was VERY excited for this album to come out, and sat with headphones at the stroke of midnight while on tour waiting for the download to be available. I cried happy and overwhelmed tears of sonic joy the first time through, and also the second that night. Sometimes I still cry, unrelated to this album.

Runners up:

Moses Sumney: Black in Deep Red 2014
Hatis Noit: Illogical Dance

Nick Schofield

Sarah Davachi: Gave In Rest
Sandro Perri: In Another Life
Joseph Shabason: Anne

Amen Dunes: Freedom

Michael Feuerstack

Records
Charbonneau/Amato: Synth Works Vol.1
Isla Craig: The Becoming
Alanis Obomsawin: Bush Lady
Gruff Rhys: Babelsberg
Jennifer Castle: Angels of Death
Field Music: Open Here

Movies

The Favorite
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Eighth Grade

Concerts
Land of Kush at Sala Rosa
Jennifer Castle at Bar le Ritz
Ice Cream at SappyFest
This Is the Kit at Escogriffe

Michelle Yorke

Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors)

Jeremy Dutcher: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa – fave track: Mehcinut
La Force : La Force – fave track: Lucky One
Michael Feuerstack: Natural Weather – fave track: Love is All Around
Ichiko Aoba: マホロボシヤ – fave track: マホロボシヤ – actually from 2016, but the Spotify algorithm delivered it to me this year as an early Christmas present
Jake Nicoll: Stone Arch – fave track: Stone Arch
Adrianne Lenker: abysskiss – fave track: From

Eric Chenaux: Slowly Paradise – fave track: An Abandoned Rose

Gianna Lauren

Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past
Low – Double Negative
U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Pusha T – Daytona
Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
La Force – La Force
Empress Of – US
Bonjay – Lush Life
Cedric Noel – For Empty Pairs
Rosalia – El Mai Querer
Kali Uchis – Isolation
Isaac Vallentin – Amateur
Noname – Room 25
Halo Maud – Je Suis Une île
L CON – Insecurities in Being
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Julia Holter – Aviary

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Immersed in a gentle haze, Jennah Barry‘s “Roller Disco” spins like the intrinsic soundtrack to a sentimental memory. Finding its musical footing somewhere along the paths carved out by Harry Nilsson, Burt Bacharach, and Emmylou Harris, the song sways with a softly strummed nylon guitar guided by perfect restraint. Be it a brief and breathy flute run, the soft touch of a mallet, or an old familiar slide, “Roller Disco” is orchestrated with perfect, stirring delicacy. All the while, Barry’s signature “sweet and addictive” vocals dispatch lyrics ingrained with salt water wisdom and stirring storytelling.

“Barry has an unsettling ability to capture the warmth of an evening (possibly seaside) while slowly cracking into that cozy façade with the tap-tap of insistent heartbreak.” – CBC Music

Jennah Barry – Roller Disco – Single
Stream // Order Digital“Barry’s voice is stunning.” – Everything Is Noise
“gentle yet powerful.” – SLAM Magazine
“folk lovers rejoice” – mp3 Hugger

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January 24 – Fredericton, NBShivering Songs @ Wilmot United Church w/ Greg Keelor //tickets // fb
January 26 – Halifax, NS: In the Dead of Winter @ Bus Stop Theatre w/ Bedouine // tickets //fb