Two of my favorite releases from 2022 (so far) have been released in the past couple weeks. The albums are so opposite in style and substance – and I’ve been flipping back and forth – it’s keeping me sane in many ways.
Painless by Nilüfer Yanya
Some of the most unique indie songwriting I’ve heard in a while. Every song is good. Her last full length, Miss Universe, was a very good album – this is otherworldly. And, hey, Pitchfork agrees.
Your Neighbors are Failures by Bitter Branches
Featuring members of hardcore bands Deadguy, Kiss it Goodbye, No Escape, Lifetime, Paint it Black, Walleye, and others. It’s everything you’d expect from that group and more. It’s everything I need to get through the insanity that is our world right now.
I am a lonely one But not a sad one I am a broken one But not a lacking one I am proud one And I know I’m not the only one Let’s be broken together Let’s be ugly together Let’s not talk of weather Or speak of things mundane Let’s celebrate Being Insane Let’s take pride In finding your lane Let’s build some regrets And wear them like tattoos Let’s find Some fears Carry them like weights