Heretic’s Albums of 2020
Created on March 20, 2021
I know, I’m late. Only fifty things at once to accomplish, and I do it for love. And it was such a year for great music, I did it differently than usual. Best shoegaze album, best dream pop album, best crossover album (grunge/shoegaze/dream pop/alternative), plus two albums that were achievements in their own right, not to be lost in the deluge of quality releases: Fogesque, from FOG, showed a depth and expertise at the edges of the sound that puts cagey veterans to shame, and Bleached Wavves, from Zoongide’ewin, which managed to infuse the signature sound with indigenous rhythms and fresh new directions.
Nothing capitalized on years of hard work, touring and outreach with the album they were destined to make, achieving all sonic and songwriting goals, and paying back all the faith invested in them as nascent standard-bearers. It’s a pinnacle they’ve worked their asses off to reach.
Winter provided the dream pop album of the year, not really a shocker. Again, hard work, attention to detail, exquisite songcraft. The way to win is to put in the work, and do it better than everyone else. Samira Winter owned the dream pop year.
Momma beat out Beabadoobee for crossover of the year. Both efforts were compelling, fresh, energetic and tuneful, but pound for pound, Momma edges out. There’s no slack in Two of Me.
That’s not to discount the reunited HUM, or the amazing return of Ringo Deathstarr, or any of the countless other platters that mattered in 2020. It’s just what I could finally settle on as making the biggest impact on our air. *shrugs*. So it is written, so let it be done.