Alex Alexander Intimate, dreamy experimental r&b about learning to embrace the complicated relationship with your own physical body. Textures are so crisp and close that you can hang on every breath in the vulnerable, gently heart-rending vocals. Steady, unhurried beats feel like ticking clocks, the sound of time passing; there's a sense of slow but unrelenting change and growth. And the tactile, bristling synths and mixed-in field recordings give the music a physicality connected to touch and place.
This is the first music I've heard in my life that feels like it speaks directly to my personal experience of the relationship between body, self and gender. For that I think it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Favorite track: Settle.