So we have arrived at the final release radar of 2020 (assuming no stone-cold bangers sneak out over Christmas). We wave goodbye to an absolutely glorious year; not just for the world of live music, but for the economy as a whole. Festivals, gigs and general good times were enjoyed by all and, as a nation, we leave 2020 with a genuine sense of togetherness and all round positivity.
There was that virus that went around, but who’s still talking about that?
Here’s to a prosperous 2021, RIOT readers, Have the best possible Christmas: whether you are alone or with loved ones. In the toughest of times, music has been a shining light for many of us this year and here are our six final additions to the playlist this year.
*raises glass* to the music!
Pale Waves // She’s My Religion
The Dirty Hit four piece have released the second track from their forthcoming sophomore album Who Am I. Heather Baron-Gracie channels some big Alanis Morrissette energy, with a little Avril to boot on this romantic number.
Little Dragon & Moses Sumney // The Other Lover
Swedish heroes Little Dragon make for a surprising combo alongside one of 2020’s most acclaimed artists, but we love it. Moses Sumney perfectly compliments Little Dragon’s subtle electronic tone, add a horn section and ‘The Other Lover’ is golden.
Viagra Boys// In Spite of Ourselves (with Amy Taylor)
Everything the sextet release has an undeniable air of lovable wonkiness and this collaboration with Amyl and The Sniffers’ Amy Taylor – in memory of John Prine – is no different. [Side note: Who’d have thought that Little Dragon and Viagra Boys were birthed by the same country??].
Butch Wifey // Wallet
Butch Wifey has personified lo-fi Indie dreaminess in her early singles and ‘Wallet’ may be the best of the lot. If you like Soccer Mommy, you’ll love Butch Wifey.
Dreams on Tape // Home
Let’s keep it wistful for this tune from Dreams on Tape. This is another artist with just a couple tracks to their name, but something about the artwork for ‘Home’ gives us the impression that Dreams on Tape (aka Jake Benfant) has an EP in the works.
LUMER // The Sheets
Talk about championing new artists this week. LUMER make confessional post-punk from Yorkshire. The vocal tone of ‘Sheets’ echoes a thousand artists gone by; from Jim Morrison’s deranged stream of consciousness, to Joe Strummer’s purposeful and precise delivery.