2014 – a year in listening

2014 was the year I made the unplanned, and surprising even to myself, decision to listen predominantly to music made by women. I don’t know why I made the decision, it sounds like rather a naff thing to do and yet that’s what I’ve done for what I think is a whole year (though I’m not sure when I started so can’t be entirely certain). I don’t have expectations of learning or discovering anything from this approach, but it does serve as a way both of narrowing the focus of my attention and of diverting it from what I would otherwise expect to experience. As such I’ve found it worthwhile and therefore, at the time of writing, I continue to adhere to this approach.

Of last year’s albums, I’ve continued to listen to Boards of Canada and more occasionally to DJ Rashad (RIP), Emiliana Torrini, Holden and Julia Holter.

New releases in 2014

Actress: Ghettoville
Anja Lechner & François Couturier: Moderato Cantabile
FKA Twigs: LP1
Jenny Hval and Susanna: Meshes of Voice
Jon Hassell: City: Works of Fiction (Psychogeography)
Kate Tempest: Everybody Down
Laura Cannell: Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth
Lee Gamble: Koch
Lykke Li: I Never Learn
Me’shell Ndegéocello: Comet, Come To Me
Mica Levi: Under The Skin
Sabina: Toujours
Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused
St Vincent: St Vincent

Most listened to artists in 2014

1. Cassandra Wilson (2,199)
2. Me’Shell Ndegéocello (2,115)
3. Marisa Monte (1,451)
4. Billie Holiday (1,271)
5. Colleen (1,030)
6. Céu (1,019)
7. Esperanza Spalding (1,008)
8. Cibelle (895)
9. Emilíana Torrini (682)
10. Janelle Monáe (594)
11. Buika (555)
12. Bebel Gilberto (534)
13. Annette Peacock (443)
14. Laurel Halo (372)
15. Miles Davis (358)
16. Little Dragon (352)
17. Susanna (347)
18. Kraftwerk (286)
19. FKA twigs (282)
20. Lee Gamble (277)
21. Bebo & Cigala (263)
22. Kate Bush (260)
23. Lykke Li (248)
24. Joni Mitchell (233)
25. Micachu (225)
26. Estrella Morente (224)
27. Karina Buhr (214)
28. Tulipa Ruiz (212)
29. Sabina (211)
30. Pat Metheny Group (204)
30. Patricia Barber (204)
32. Bárbara Eugênia (202)
33. Agnes Obel (199)
34. Michael Franti & Spearhead (193)
35. Kanye West (186)
36. Logos (185)
37. Meredith Monk (175)
38. Jon Hassell (174)
39. Marilyn Mazur (171)
40. The Mountain Goats (165)
41. Rhythm & Sound (163)
42. Julia Holter (160)
43. Disclosure (157)
44. Anja Lechner & Vassilis Tsabropoulos (156)
45. Boards of Canada (153)
46. Jenny Hval & Susanna (150)
47. Fatima (148)
48. Eleni Karaindrou (143)
49. Kate Tempest (140)
50. Nico (137)

Seven artists appear in both this year’s and last year’s top 30, exactly the same figure as last time. My top 30 scrobbles last year totalled 16,955, this year it’s 21,521 which is a fairly significant increase, but probably doesn’t represent any overall increase in listening.

Thanks to last.fm

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