The 10 best contemporary albums of 2022

The 10 best contemporary albums of 2022

Dawn Richard, Meredith Monk, Edward Wakili-Hick
Hypnotic … Dawn Richard, Meredith Monk and Edward Wakili-Hick. Composite: Shuttershock/Adama Jalloh

The year’s most cutting-edge sounds included ambient Americana, Ethiopia’s ‘honky-tonk nun’ Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Alice Coltrane disciple Surya Botofasina and field recordings of goats eating mangos

This survey of the modern pedal steel guitar took the instrument beyond Nashville and Hawaii and into other worlds: ambient Americana, microtonal minimalism, sitar-like improvisations, desert blues, death metal, slow-motion jazz and much more. It features the likes of BJ Cole, Maggie Björklund, Susan Alcorn and Barry Walker Jr. Read the full review

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