Artwork by Caroline Bowman

By Ian Bremner

2022 was the most adventurous year to date. Chasing new sounds and feelings became more important than hearing favorite songs repeatedly. 2022 was heady, but still honky tonk-y. 2022 was musically rewarding beyond belief, and yet, there was still so much more left unheard. Instead of being overwhelming, it was invigorating to keep going. Here is an unranked, wayward list of records that kept the heart beating in 2022.

Below is an unranked list of the best records & EPs of the year. Listen to the playlist at the bottom:

Lee BaggettAnyway
Mr. Sam & The People People –
People People People People!
Ty SegallHello, Hi

Austin Leonard Jones Dead Calm
Kassi ValazzaHighway Sounds
Izaak OpatzExtra Medium

Karl Blau Love & Harm
Erin Rae Lighten Up
Jake Xerxes Fussell
Good and Green Again

Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Charley CrockettThe Man From Waco
The Smile A Light For Attracting Attention

Kikagaku MoyoKumoyo Island
Terry KaneMuscle Test
Caitlin Rose Cazimi

Lee FieldsSentimental Fool
Anais Mitchell Anais Mitchell
Plains –
I Walked With You A Ways

Pusha T It’s Almost Dry
Swamp DoggI Need A Job… So I Can Buy More Auto-Tune
Shintaro Sakamoto Like A Fable

Rich RuthI Survived, It’s Over
Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Kaina It Was A Home

Andrew BirdInside Problems
The Deslondes
Ways & Means
Ian Noe River Fools & Mountain Saints

Father John MistyChloe & The Next 20th Century
Damien JuradoReggae Film Star
Weyes Blood –
And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow

Credit Electricout of love in the face of a shadow
Charles Stepney Step On Step
Vieux Farka Toure & KhruangbinAli

Tyler Childers Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven?
Teddy and The Rough RidersTeddy and The Rough Riders
Color GreenColor Green

Nikki LaneDenim & Diamonds
Small PaulStrangeland EP
Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia HonerRecordings From The Aland Islands

MapacheRoscoe’s Dream
Dark CanyonDark Canyon
Carlos Nino & Friends EXTRA PRESENCE

WilcoCruel Country
Cooper Kenward – Cooper Ken
Black Thought & DangermouseCheat Codes

Sean ThompsonSean Thompson’s Weird Ears
Emily NenniOn The Ranch
Delicate SteveAfter Hours

Dezron DouglasATALAYA
Molly Lewis Mirage
Bill CallahanYTILAER

Kurt Vile (Watch My Moves)
Lady WrayPiece Of Me
Angel OlsenBig Time

Lambchop The Bible
Julia Jacklin PRE PLEASURE
Nilufer Yanya

Kevin Morby This Is A Photograph
Alabaster DePlumeGOLD
Cass McCombs – H

Tommy & The OhsMariposa Gold
Drugdealer Hiding In Plain Sight
Tommy AlexanderFeelings

Amanda ShiresTake It Like A Man
Bonny Light HorsemanRolling Golden Holy
Drive-By TruckersWelcome to Club XIII

Blk OdyssyBlk Vintage: The Reprise
The RevelatorsRevelators Sound System EP
Daniel Villarreal Panama 77

Bitchin Bajas Bajacilliitators
Taylor KingmanHollow Sound
Makaya McCraven In These Times

Michael Rault Michael Rault
Kyle Hamlett DuoTape Diamonds
Broken Bells Into The Blue