Soundtrack to the Apocalypse

Design by Anasthasia Shilov

When the world crumbles around you, what will you be listening to? When Elon Musk drives the hood of his smoldering Tesla Model S across the terracotta sidewalk and straight into the glass windows of Twitter HQ, what will be pouring out of the small circular pads of your Porta Pros®?

Just as it’s true that the sun will one day entomb us all in its explosion, it remains a fact that every apocalypse needs a soundtrack. 2022 was largely a year of complete disillusionment, disenfranchisement, and abject dissociation from the incessant fallout of late-stage capitalist disaster. Even so, I say play on—so long as cities continue burning, emperors will thrust the bow against their violin, and the sweet sound of desolation will reverberate against the rubble. Here are 22 albums from 2022 that you should be listening to while the world ends.

  1. Silvana Estrada–Marchita
  2. Weyes Blood–And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow
  4. Natalia Lafourcade–De Todas Las Flores
  5. Little Simz–NO THANK YOU
  6. Isabella Lovestory–Amor Hardcore
  7. Jockstrap–I Love You Jennifer B
  8. Danger Mouse & Black Thought–Cheat Codes
  9. Angel Olsen–Big Time
  10. Black Country, New Road–Ants From Up There
  11. quadeca–I Didn’t Mean To Haunt You
  12. Beyonce–Renaissance
  13. JID–The Forever Story 
  14. Sudan Archives–Natural Brown Prom Queen
  15. billy woods–aethiopes
  16. Yeule–Glitch Princess
  17. Kilo Kish–AMERICAN GURL
  18. Big Thief–Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
  19. Alvvays–Blue Rev
  20. Ethel Cain–Preacher’s Daughter
  21. E L U C I D–I told Bessie
  22. Kendrick Lamar–Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers

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