2016 has been very, very kind to diehard music fans. We’ve been spoiled, really. Some of music’s most prolific, influential, popular artists have returned in 2016 with solid new material. There’s been great records from the likes of Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, David Bowie, Death Grips, Iggy Pop, The Avalanches, and Bon Iver. It’s been a jam-packed nine months to say the very least.1392853723_frank_ocean_86-2

However, comeback records, while often quite satisfying and refreshing, aren’t nearly as exciting to discover as the records of newcomers, in my opinion. There is nothing like the thrill of throwing a brand new record from a hyped new artist, because you can’t quite know what to expect. Sure, the record may not be to your liking. Maybe the hype inflated your expectations.

But maybe, just maybe, you’ll fall in love. You’ve never heard anything quite like this before. Fohuge_avatar-3r some reason, this music just speaks to you. You don’t know why. It’s ineffable.

Sure, having an experience as profound as that with a new artist’s music is rare, but it can happen. And when it does, it’s well worth all the listening to mediocre new releases you’ve been doing.

I just feel like I’ve been missing out on that experience in 2016. This year has been all about comebacks.

We have had some fresh blood this year, though. Anderson Paak., Joey Purp, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Gizzard have caught the public eye with excellent new projects. I just wish I had more of that.

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