Source: a closer listen.
For the past two years, we’ve all been going through the same emotions, which has nudged the artists and audiences even closer together. This season’s crop of modern composition looks forward and back at once: to the lifeline music provided during the pandemic to the hopes of dreams of a populace yearning for good news. While most of these recordings are peaceful, a few are turbulent, a reflection of hearts and minds in motion and the shifting currents of the sociopolitical climate. These releases sound genuine, honest, and true to life: as mirror-like as they are opaque.