"memory burns a great light up behind your back" pt. 2

The second of two episodes looking back at some of my favorite music from 2021... both classical and not.


  1. Such is Now the Necessity by Loadbang (Jeff Gavett, Andy Kozar, William Lang, Adrian Sandi) on Plays Well With Others (New Focus)
  2. Inkwells by Ziazan on Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian: Welcome Party (NMC)
  3. A Thin War of Metal by Ning Yu, David Bird on David Bird: Iron Orchid (New Focus)
  4. Last Night by Arooj Aftab on Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam)
  5. Cannonball! Pt. 2 by Buck Meek on Two Saviors (Keeled Scales)
  6. I'm From Here by Really From on Really From (Topshelf)
  7. Bird Chart by Amanda Berlind with the Bang on a Can All-Stars on Green Cone (Curious)
  8. Giga Concerto III by String Noise (Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim Harris), International Contemporary Ensemble on Eric Lyon: Giga Concerto (New Focus)
  9. Wake For Yourself by Buke and Gase / So Percussion on A Record Of (Brassland)
  10. Funny by Columba Livia on Midnight Reveals (self released) Local
  11. Concertino: VI. (cadenza) - VII. by Paolo Marchettini, MSM Chamber Orchestra, Kyle Ritenauer (conductor) on Paolo Marchettini: The Months have ends (New Focus)
  12. Red Snakes by LUMP on Animal (Chrysalis/Partisan)
  13. Franco Donatoni: Blow by The City of Tomorrow on Blow (New Focus)
  14. We Both Want the Same by CURSETHEKNIFE on Thank You For Being Here (New Morality Zine)
  15. Syd Barrett: Late Night by Shannon Lay on Geist (Sub Pop)
  16. In Tandem by Stalled on Blank Conduct (Candlepin)
  17. If You Build a Pond the Frogs Will Come by Sarah Louise on Earth Bow (Earth Bow)
  18. Paul Kerekes: Codependence by Real Loud (Tristan Kasten-Krause, James Moore, Brendon Randall-Myers, Evan Runyon, Mark Sauer-Utley, Clara Warnaar) on Real Loud (New Focus)
  19. Fallen Plant by Kevin Nichols on Disappointer (Slang Church) Local
  20. “GOVERNMENT CAME” (9980.0kHz 3617.1kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / cliffs’ gaze at empty waters’ rise / ASHES TO SEA or NEARER TO THEE by Godspeed You! Black Emperor on G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation)
  21. OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.) by Godspeed You! Black Emperor on G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation)