Rather than a list of our objectively “best” albums of 2020, CentralSauce would like to present you with something more personal. These are the albums that kept each one of our writers hanging on to their sanity throughout a particularly difficult year.
Babé Sila brings COLORS Show-esque live energy to her song, “Goldfish.” She has an understated voice and delivery that’s carefully restrained until the chorus has her sing with a passion amplified from the original version.
“Good” is a passionate duet between Jake Isaac and Tertia May. The soul-enriching warmth of their vocals floats over drums and lo-fi guitar strings. With a love like this you’ll always be good.
Tyler sat down with Nora Toutain over Zoom to discuss reconciles her Moroccan heritage, Canadian residence and the influence of the pandemic in an amazing show of adaptation. The elegant songstress’ new album, Grounding Place, Vol 1. is out now on all platforms.
From battling cancer to the joy of motherhood, Abi Flynn captures a wide range of experience and emotion on “Courage.” Her voice rings with strength from the moment she sings to the culmination of the track’s inspiring build up.
Exes can’t be friends but “EXES” by Chrissie Límos can stay real close. The track’s intricate production propels Límos’ dynamic vocals into a dreamlike yarn, unraveled melody to melody.
On “Take Me Away,” August Charles offers a trade. Steal him away from his pain and in return he’ll borrow your ears and take your breath. Comprised only of a single piano and vocalist, Charles summons the energy of acts like John Legend and Elton John with the soulful punch of Marvin Gaye.
On “PROMISE” Reg Mason raps over a beautifully used soul sample. His delivery is poignant and intentional. Each syllable is patiently nestled between the texture and nostalgia of the sample.
Moving too fast? Change up the pace with “Slow Things Down” a smooth neo-soul jam built on gentle guitar strings. fika combines exemplary songwriting with familiar slow jam textures. The result feels like a song you already know and love.