Co-hosted by Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel and Reviews Editor Jeremy D. Larson, and featuring guest critics and contributors, our weekly podcast features an in-depth analysis of the new albums we find extraordinary, exciting, and downright awful. This week, Features Editor Ryan Dombal drops by to talk about the year’s big indie discoveries and comebacks, highlighting everyone from R&B upstart Yaya Bey to jazz visionary Alabaster DePlume to Animal Collective’s Panda Bear.
Listen to this week’s episode below and follow along The Pitchfork Review here. You can also view an excerpt of the podcast transcript below.
Puja Patel: Let’s talk about some of the trends we’ve heard over the past year.
Ryan Dobal: It’s been a great year for custom R&B. Some records in that vein are Sudan Archives’ Natural brown show queenby Ravyn Lenae Hypnosisand my favorite of the bunch, Remember your North Star from this New York artist named Yaya Bey, which has a throwback-y, boom-bap sound and deals with issues of self-worth and self-understanding. I feel like that idea of self worth and empowerment may feel like a cliché in 2022, but at its core, it’s still very important for everyone to keep in mind! And Yaya Bey makes it sound cool, which I think is really hard to do.