TFFT Favourite Albums Of The Year 2021

2021! The year when everything was grand – we danced, we sung, we frolicked…well, we did a little bit. But at this present time it’s hard to recall the few months we had where everything was almost normal.

Still, live music did return, even some festivals went ahead (ahh Green Man!) and most importantly, bands and artists were able to record once again, delivering some sensational new records for us to cling to during both the gleeful and triumphant times, as we;; as the frustrating and down-right miserable times.

Let us now reflect, on our Favourite Albums of 2021…

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine
A Beginner’s Mind

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have served up a powerfully melodic and peaceful new project that is sure to be talked about for some time. Albums like this truly showcase Sufjan’s genius talent and make him stand out high amongst the rest of the indie folk community. We are very lucky to be graced with this beautiful music and another return to his incredible folk and singer /songwriter styles.

Arlo Parks
Collapsed in Sunbeams

Villagers
Fever Dreams

Every dark road this album takes you down eventually turns into a joyous celebration. O’Brien said of this album, “sometimes the most delirious states can produce the most ecstatic, euphoric and escapist dreams.” Dreams can be scary and mysterious, but they are also ambivalent and fantastical and Fever Dreams walks this line exceptionally well.

Valerie June
The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers

As catchy, as intriguing, as intimate or as tender as these songs are – The Moon and Stars is elevated to its astral heights by June’s vocals. Not hiding behind over complicated production but front and centre, projecting. June’s voice on this record is, as always, as spell-binding as it is unique.

Lucy Dacus
Home Video

The Staves
Good Woman

The Staves’ third full-length album Good Woman is both a reinvention and a homecoming. The trio of sisters get raw in this album, finding a new sound that is as compelling and complex as it is authentic.

Ben Howard
Collections From The Whiteout

The new album from Ben Howard is nothing short of brilliant. Given the world situation, it would have been completely acceptable (and even expected) of any solo artist to retreat into their own personal space and create on their own. Instead, Howard sought to break from the confines of his comfort zone and seek collaboration and connection, resulting in this fascinating compilation of songs that although feature many other artist’s influences, still sounds intrinsically unique to him.

Faye Webster
I Know I’m Funny haha

Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane
Lost In The Cedar Wood

Overflowing with character, Lost in the Cedar Wood tells stories of fear, folly, whimsy, grief, tenderness, and disaster on both a vast and minute scale. And as with any Johnny Flynn work, it is done so with an endearingly bumbling humility. Filled with campy call-and-response choruses and hidden kernels of wisdom, Lost in the Cedar Wood feels like an age-old fable, waiting to be read.

Lord Huron
Lond Lost

Kings Of Convenience
Peace Or Love

Peace Or Love stuns fans who have been anxiously awaiting more new music for over ten years. This collection of lullabies and beautiful songwriting will go down as one of the greatest KOC albums of all time.

Hiss Golden Messenger
Quietly Blowing It

A timeless folk album saturated in political overtones and kernels of age-old wisdom, Quietly Blowing It is a record to nourish the soul.

Joana Serrat
Hardcore From the Heart

Tune-Yards
sketchy.

This album leans into the uncertainty of now and of everything, and concludes that the best thing you can do, is try your hardest to be the best version of a human being that you can.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Future

hat Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats do well is bring us songs which have a familiar feel. They aren’t inferior copies of anything, but they do give us something to smile about whilst forgetting our cares for a short while. And that is something a lot of people need right now.

Chloe Foy
Where Shall We Begin

Where Shall We Begin is a melancholic, yet optimistic introspective on grief, mental health and acceptance. While Chloe Foy is by no means new to the British folk music scene, Where Shall We Begin is somewhat of our first formal introduction to her as an adult musician. Though Foy has been releasing intimate, lyric-forward folk songs on and off for the better part of 10 years, this full-length self-release manages to hit a sweet spot between folk and alt rock that many strive for, but very few find.

Now, please enjoy our TFFT Favourite Albums of 2021 Playlist, and have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year, from everyone at Thank Folk For That…

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