Feralia.net blog. episode 115: The music that got me through 2020

Since I mentioned it in a recent entry I thought it would be cool to feature my favorite music of 2020, especially because 2021 is nearly half over! You’ve got to quit procrastinating some time, right? 😉

As has been mentioned by me here in the blog and pretty much everyone else, 2020 sucked over all. But in line with my recent theme of finding the positives in the year, I wanted to feature these albums and songs which helped me forget about the bad and find some joy.

Stabbing Westward

2020 saw not only the release of the first new music from Stabbing Westward since 2001, but a surprise ep as well! New music from my favorite band was truly special!

Sylvan Esso

What better theme to focus on in 2020 than love? Ferris Wheel was my song of the summer, which I’ll always look back on lovingly. The entire album, Free Love, came out a few months later and has been one of my favorites ever since.

Lady Gaga

While Sylvan Esso gets the song of the year, Chromatica was released in May, just in time to become my album of the summer. The timing was great and was the perfect soundtrack to weekends at home with the family while in quarantine, in the pool, grilling, and enjoying each other’s company.

Fiona Apple

Fiona’s album, for me personally, is her lightest and most fun album yet, delightfully weird at times, it was one of me favorite releases of 2020. And I love the cover – it’s so silly, derpy and adorable!


“Concrete conclusions
be damned
they won’t listen
until it’s far
too late”

The lead single, Apocalyptical, was the perfect song at the perfect time, providing a stark, yet accurate view at much of the population that continues to ring true (be dumb, be damned) while maintaining the bands trademark weirdness. Speaking of weird, the rest of the album, Existential Reckoning, continues to take you further down the rabbit hole musically with great videos adding to a fun and odd experience.

Run the Jewels

Another timely album. Though it was recorded before the chaos that was engulfing America during its June 2020 release, RTJ4 couldn’t have come at a better time, painting a detailed picture of everything going on at the time.


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