The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Priests

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: Priests

What: The Seduction of Kansas

When: April 2019

Where: Sister Polygon

Why: The Seduction of Kansas is quite obviously political - as you might expect from a DC band with punk inclinations. Priests, with barbed lyrics and bruising noise, takes on the rise of the ultraconservative, Jesus Saves right with gleeful vitriol. That being said, nothing on Kansas is that straightforward. Bristling electroclash and muscular post-punk also pop up, but even in less abrasive moments (ex. "Youtube Sartre") the message is clear. Regretfully, this could be the last we hear from Priests for some time, as the band announced an indefinite hiatus at the end of 2019. But what a way to go out. 

[posted 4.2.20]


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