TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRINT December 2020

music

Perfume Genius

Mike Hadreas, AKA Perfume Genius, is a musician from Seattle. His most recent album is Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (Matador, 2020).

Fiona Apple performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York, March 23, 2012. Photo: Chad Batka/The New York Times/Redux.

1
WESTERMAN, YOUR HERO IS NOT DEAD (Partisan)

Somehow strange, inventive, and forward-thinking—but still warm and familiar. My favorite cocktail.

2
JULIANNA BARWICK, HEALING IS A MIRACLE (Ninja Tune)

Barwick’s musical salve truly slows down time, making you feel held. After a song is over, you feel like you’ve been recalibrated.

3
NINA SIMONE, “MY WAY” (RCA Victor)

I want this cover to be played at my funeral. This is well known by those around me, so I might as well print it.

4
ALICE BOMAN, DREAM ON (Adrian)

This album has comforted me all year, especially through the beginning of quarantine. Patient and understated, but full of feeling and magic.

5
CHLOE X HALLE, UNGODLY HOUR (Columbia/Parkwood)

“Tipsy” may be the first song to bring me out of this year’s pervading down-tempo haze. All of Chloe x Halle’s live performances have been incredible, too—it’s inspiring to see such high-level thriving in 2020.

6
PHOEBE BRIDGERS, PUNISHER (Dead Oceans)

I feel like some people are going to carry this album around with them for a long time. It reminds me of the records I listened to when I was younger, the ones that counted as friends.

7
SARAH DAVACHI, CANTUS, DESCANT (Late Music)

If I focus on Davachi’s organ drones I can feel them physically. I like to lie down, listen, and sort of roll around very slowly, guided by whatever little changes I hear; it’s like a body meditation.

8
ANNIE, “CORRIDORS OF TIME” (self-released)

So supremely my shit. Campy, creepy, heartfelt, artificial, all at the same time.

9
BRANDY, B7 (Brand New/eOne)

That vocal tone feels like family! We needed Brandy, and she delivered. Her runs get stuck in my head.

10
FIONA APPLE, FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS (Epic)

What is there to say? I’m not going to say anything.