DJ Heretic’s Albums of 2019
Created on January 7, 2020
In order, as best as I can swing it. Some climb, some decline as whims evolve, but this is a snapshot of where my brain is at this moment. Overlong, and almost proud of it, as there’s too much worthy of celebration this year. Three notable omissions that should be mentioned here, three not entirely “in-genre” releases: NIIGHTS’ Hellebores, Drab Majesty’s Modern Mirror, and Echodrone’s Everything Starts to be a Reminder. NIIGHTS encompassed multiple genres at once, and did so deftly and with authority. Drab Majesty is equal parts 80s goth, darkwave, reverb and shimmer, dropped in a blender set to *sparkle*. Echodrone dropped a staunchly post-rock album with shoegaze textures, never radio friendly, and brilliant as the day is long: only four songs but clocking in at 50 minutes, with nary a false step. All three deserve special recognition here for artistic excellence and uncompromising vision. Final note is an apology: I got to the new Lazy Legs LP late, because, stuff, and they’re always a strong contender for this kind of list. I’ll make up for the error, but too late. And surely there’s another one or seven that will have slipped my mind, making me cry in a week. Rev Rev Rev, Bethany Curve, Rei Clone, Dead Horse One, For Tracy Hyde, The Day, Ride’s new one… It’s a rich year of treasures in this segment. Such is the challenge. Such is life. Selah.