Christmas is a terrific time of year for new age types.
They can bask in the holiday’s pagan roots, or reflect on how pretty much every belief system has a feast of light in the midst of the bleakest time of year. In fact, with all the candles, the indoor foliage, the singing, the optimism and the sparkles, many people inadvertently live a new age sort of life throughout the festive period.
So it comes as no surprise that there are so many Christmassy new age albums out there.
Let’s listen to some of them, together.
THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS
Which means, among other things, that it’s time to list your favourite albums of the year that was [CURRENT YEAR].
My listening habits are going sideways and backwards. I’m bravely exploring the furthest reaches of various forgotten sounds and movements. And I’ve long-since concluded that no new music can possibly be as good as The Music of the Ages. My ambition is to one day look at the various best-of-the-year lists and not recognise a single release. It very nearly happened this year! Better luck next year. It would be so much easier if everyone stopped making such incredible new music.
Here are my 10 favourite albums from 2019, carefully ranked in order of smashing-ness.