One little note about this one: I was definitely a little rushed on this. I made the playlist Christmas evening, recorded some of the voice breaks in a burger king parking lot during a road trip. Every song on here deserves to be here... but there are a lot of songs that ALSO did. This is of course a testament to how great of a year this was for surf, but I think there are some glaring omissions that I feel I should apologize for.
Album art is important. Bad album art can negatively affect a listener's opinion going in, and good album art can inform how to approach the album, what imagery they can conjure in their head. I think this especially important in instrumental music, where so much is left to interpretation without lyrics to guide you. Here are some records that stood out to me before I even listened to them.
Despite the world grinding to a halt, 2020 proved to be a surprisingly fruitful year for surf. And just like 2021 ended up not being as different from 2020 as we'd hoped, 2021 compared similarly to the previous year's bountiful instrumental outlet. But there are other things that may not be remembered from the recordings. For instance, surf music once again was played live in countries across the globe. Though most of the larger festivals were again delayed, some surf festivals resumed!
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