Posts Tagged: ACL 2020

ACL 2020: Sound Propositions

Hindsight is 2020. This will be the great irony of the 21st century. Yet it seems like the revisionism is already setting in. There’s no normal to go back to, and we can’t pretend to go on just as we

ACL 2020: Sound Propositions

Hindsight is 2020. This will be the great irony of the 21st century. Yet it seems like the revisionism is already setting in. There’s no normal to go back to, and we can’t pretend to go on just as we

ACL 2020 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

After all the chaos of 2020, there’s some solace found in the fact that the artist who scored our Album of the Decade at the beginning of the year now receives our Album of the Year award at year’s end.

ACL 2020 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

After all the chaos of 2020, there’s some solace found in the fact that the artist who scored our Album of the Decade at the beginning of the year now receives our Album of the Year award at year’s end.

ACL 2020 ~ Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz

All four of our sub-categories find a home in this year’s list, forming a diverse community.  Loud and soft tones co-exist, but no voice is raised to drown out the rest.  If only our whole world could be like this!

ACL 2020 ~ Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz

All four of our sub-categories find a home in this year’s list, forming a diverse community.  Loud and soft tones co-exist, but no voice is raised to drown out the rest.  If only our whole world could be like this!

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Modern composition is arguably the most upscale of our categories, and often includes music composed for film, dance and theatre.  The genre lends itself well to conceptual projects and is strong enough to incorporate a great deal of experimentalism without

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Modern composition is arguably the most upscale of our categories, and often includes music composed for film, dance and theatre.  The genre lends itself well to conceptual projects and is strong enough to incorporate a great deal of experimentalism without

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

In 2020, the global soundscape changed quicker and more significantly than it had at any point in history. The work of field recording artists was given added significance, as they documented sounds that had never been heard before, had not

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

In 2020, the global soundscape changed quicker and more significantly than it had at any point in history. The work of field recording artists was given added significance, as they documented sounds that had never been heard before, had not

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Experimental

A surprising fact about this year’s experimental picks: nearly every entry contains an aspect of spoken word. This unusual combination may reflect our desire for narrative as opposed to lyric. The world is a jumble right now; can anyone make sense

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Experimental

A surprising fact about this year’s experimental picks: nearly every entry contains an aspect of spoken word. This unusual combination may reflect our desire for narrative as opposed to lyric. The world is a jumble right now; can anyone make sense

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Electronic

One of 2020’s greatest ironies was a surge in dance music ~ while clubs were being shuttered across the globe.  The surge reflected the desire to dance, and people didn’t stop dancing, happily demonstrated by Berlin’s drive-in raves.  Others danced

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Electronic

One of 2020’s greatest ironies was a surge in dance music ~ while clubs were being shuttered across the globe.  The surge reflected the desire to dance, and people didn’t stop dancing, happily demonstrated by Berlin’s drive-in raves.  Others danced

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Drone

Fewer drone releases came in this year than ever before.  The world was so dark, it seemed that even recording artists weren’t in the mood to record dark music.  But by the end of the year, we began to notice

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Drone

Fewer drone releases came in this year than ever before.  The world was so dark, it seemed that even recording artists weren’t in the mood to record dark music.  But by the end of the year, we began to notice