The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: SASAMI

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.




When: March 2019

Where: Domino Recording Co.

Why: A delightful record. Sasami Ashworth's solo debut is a fuzzy, smart commentary on relationships past, present, future, and in flux. SASAMI features guest spots from Devendra Banhart, Dustin Payseur, and Soko, all complementing Ashworth's tender, bittersweet vocals and the multi-layered arrangements that add glorious texture to each song. The LA-based Ashworth gives songs a balance between serious emotional weight and sonic brightness - the almost playful tone of "Jealousy," for example, demonstrates Ashworth's clever duality. Essentially, I love everything about this record. 

[posted 4.3.20]


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