We set out to immerse the audience in nonspeaking peoples’ worlds, much in the same way that the book immerses us in Naoki’s world.”

‘The Reason I Jump’ UK trailer (dir. Jerry Rothwell; 2020)

Imagine a daily life in which your faculty of speech is taken away. Explaining that you’re hungry, or tired, or in pain, is now as beyond your powers as a chat with a friend. After you lose your ability to communicate, the editor-in-residence who orders your thoughts walks out without notice. A dam-burst of ideas, memories, impulses and thoughts is cascading over you, unstoppably. …

The best albums from the worst year ever.

Here’s a write-up of my favourite ten albums from the last twelve months, ranked in reverse order.

Press pic of the the year award definitely goes to Arca

10. Julianna Barwick - Healing is a Miracle

I’ve been a fan of Julianna Barwick’s ethereal vocal compositions for over a decade now (Jesus… time flies, huh?) With her previous offerings, I always found myself loving 50% the tracklist but growing increasingly trigger-happy with the skip button for the other half. With Healing is a Miracle, she’s made the holistic, can’t-miss-a-single-song record I’ve been waiting to hear. Where, previously, Barwick would sing in predominantly hushed…

Shit year in general - great year for music.

Now into my third year of this tradition; here’s a write-up of my favourite albums from the last twelve months, ranked in reverse order. Here’s the first part: #20 to #11.

Jam City enjoying lockdown

20. Zora Jones - Ten Billion Angels

After years of mixtapes, collaborative projects and a lot of remixes, Fractal Fantasy’s ‘fairy squadmother’ FINALLY delivered a full-length solo release for us to sink our teeth into. Ten Billion Angles realises a vision Jones’ has been refining for the best part of a decade; mixing her and (label co-head) Sinjin Hawke’s unique…

Done in reverse order 20 to 1 for extra suspense. Originally shared on Insta but now here with links to listen :o

100 Gecs - 1000 Gecs (maybe the most famous tree in album art history?)

20. Body Meat - Truck Music
Weirdo pop music I imagine art school students might vibe to. Kinda like if Jlin made a record in Uganda with Jai Paul.

19. Telefon Tel Aviv - Dreams Are Not Enough
Formidable return from the Nine Inch Nails & Vatican Shadow collaborator whose last album ended in tragedy when one of the band members took their own life the day before its release. …

Alex Elder

I write sins not tragedies. Music/film/theory found in the trashcan.

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