COLUMN: 2022 full of promising releases from my favorite artists


Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer, Columnist

There is a lot of new music I am looking forward to, perhaps more than ever before. So many artists I love, and some I need to listen to more, have picked 2022 as the year they bless people with additions to their often expansive and growing catalogues.

Some of 2022’s best releases might already be out, as Spoon and Beach House both put out records in February. As good as Spoon’s record is, (I haven’t really listened to the Beach House EP yet) I think the best music is yet to come.

For starters in releases, Interpol. A band that I’ve taken an extended hiatus from listening to but one that still reigns supreme in my heart. They’ve teased new material on Instagram, and given my history with them, this is probably the release I’m most looking forward to, not to mention that they’re working with acclaimed producers Flood and Alan Moulder. This album is likely to act as the perfect opportunity for me to dive back into Interpol with a record Paul Banks says includes “unabashedly positive sentiments,” according to an NME article.

The other release I’m looking forward to more than any other is “Skinty Fia,” by Fontaines D.C., which, contrary to the hypothetical Interpol release, is truly feasible. It’s out April 22, and we’ve already heard two songs that are among the best in the band’s discography.

Another is “Home,” the upcoming fourth record by the post-rock band Wander, a group I’m lucky enough to have had on my podcast, “Creative Outlet.”

Listening to Kurt Vile’s newest single “Like Exploding Stones” has me excited for his release, which comes a week before Fontaines D.C.’s. He’s a guitar wizard who I’ve listened to before and wouldn’t mind listening to some more. The album, entitled “(watch my moves),” also features Chastity Belt, another band I like.

I also had a phase a year or two ago where I was listening a lot to the Australian indie-pop group Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and they recently released “The Way It Shatters,” a great song to serve as a reintroduction to a band I haven’t listened to in a while. Their newest album, entitled “Endless Rooms,” will be out May 6. With the way the first single sounds, I think this record could have a lot of potential.

There are quite a few albums I haven’t listened to yet that are likely to be among the best of the year, like Mitski’s “Laurel Hell,” Big Thief’s “Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You” and Black Country New Road’s “Ants From Up There.”

Ryan Meyer is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at [email protected] or at 581-2812.