3 Songs That Got Us Through 2023

Submissions are presented in the order they were received. Click here to see last year’s songs.

Ruairí McCann

Two possible futures and a lullaby.

Matana Roberts – a(way) is not an option

Alvin Curran – Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri

Joyce – Barracumbarra

Malkah Manouel

Arca – No Queda Nada

SASAMI – Turned Out I Was Everyone

Yaeji – For Granted


Susumu Yokota – Song of the sleeping forest

Loren Connors & Darin Gray – Part One

This (newly acquired CD) was the first thing I put on when I got home from New York. It was evening, the new dark of autumn careening into winter. Everyone preparing for hibernation. A little night music. I had the great pleasure of corresponding with Loren over email before the trip, and then finally meeting him and Suzanne Langille in person at a Madison Greenstone concert. Loren is one of the gentlest souls I have ever known.

Digable Planets – Where I’m From

The lyrics are so fat you might gain weight 

Luise Mörke

The Wallners – In My Mind

The O’Jays – Love Train
Because I think about this scene…

every time I’m on the New York Subway.

Yazoo – Only You

Love! Synthesizers! A really great album cover!

Elspeth Vischer

Róisín Murphy – You Know Me Better

Weddings, friends, summer. Thinking about, ‘what songs would I choose to galvanize folks to the dance floor?’ This one.

Problem Patterns – Pity Bra

Belfast punk pals, Problem Patterns released their debut album ‘Blouse Club’ this year and it’s exquisite. This wee sweetie of a track is the story of a gig and a moment. 

The Magnetic Fields – I Think I Need a New Heart

Road tripping, drives across Islands and nostalgia in the air. Listen, rinse, repeat. 

Yoana Pavlova

billy woods & Kenny Segal (Feat. Danny Brown) – Year Zero

Knower – Do Hot Girls Like Chords?

Stop the Schizo – Come Existential Dread

Liam Kenny

Glen Campbell – Guess I’m Dumb

Jean Sibelius conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Swedish Symphony Orchestra – Symphony No. 5 III. Finale

Janet Jackson – Empty

Florian Weigl

Greg Mendez – Best Behavior

You got the radio playing / and all I can think is to change it to some shit I hate / it’s better than something that you like 

Davido – IN THE GARDEN (feat. Morravey)

I’ll change your status <3

Wounds of Recollection – Vacancy

I know some things were never meant to be / I know some friends I will see again only when I sleep

Laia Nadal

Maria BC – Haruspex

bar italia – changer

Nil Nadal – cotxe 

Joshua Peinado

Jim O’Rourke – Fast Car

Arthur Russell – Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun/Let’s See

Pharoah Sanders – The Creator Has a Master Plan

Jason Tan Liwag

I almost died this year. Several times. These songs helped put oxygen back into my lungs.

NIKI – Oceans & Engines (Live at The Wiltern)

Ethel Cain – American Teenager (with a brief intro of Sunbeached Flies)

Holly Humberstone – Deep End

Nel Dahl

Andrzej Korzyński – Landscape

Film compositions from Andrzej Korzyński (behind Possession and much more!) as featured in a recently reissued compilation.

Haco – A Door in the Dune

One from the back catalog of the marvelous Haco, who is behind one of the greatest albums, After Dinner’s Paradise of Replica.

Hiroyuki Onogawa – August in the Water

“August in the Water” is one of my ultimate favorite film scores, so it’s fantastic that this composer’s work has received this retrospective compilation album.

Bennett Glace

Bob Dylan – Love MInus Zero / No Limit (Live at Nippon Budokan Hall)

Lou Reed – Crazy Feeling

John Zacherle – Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1

Sofia Topi

I fell into a familiar pattern: a narrative song from the ‘70s, a lyrical piece from a yet-to-be-forgotten era, and a fairly new discovery due to a film (this time it was ‘Fremont’, by Iranian director  Babak Jalali) 

Silver Apples – I Have Known Love

Felix Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words, Book VI Opus 67: No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor (Interpretation: Bertrand Chamayou)

Eendo and Mahmood Schricker – Sarmasti

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