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Anthony Fantano names Spellling's The Turning Wheel as his favourite album of 2021

23 December 2021, 15:29 | Written by Cerys Kenneally
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Anthony Fantano, aka the internet's busiest music nerd, has dropped his top 50 albums of 2021 list, with Spellling's The Turning Wheel taking the top spot.

Earlier today (23 December) Anthony Fantano unveiled his top 50 albums of 2021 list, and after mentioning Jeff Rosenstock's SKA DREAM, Porter Robinson's Nurture, Little Simz's Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Richard Dawson and Circle's Henki, JPEGMAFIA's LP!, St. Vincent's Daddy's Home, Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra's Promises, Arca's KicK iii and Lingua Ignota's Sinner Get Ready in his top 10, he named Spellling's The Turning Wheel as his favourite record of the year.

In the video, Fantano said The Turning Wheel is the album he was most "enchanted by, moved by, mystified by", and added that the "production is immaculate."

Speaking to Best Fit this afternoon, Fantano spoke about why the record topped his end-of-year list, "I’d say it has to do a lot with the beauty and wonder it finds in the natural world and the metaphysical. It’s very otherworldly in that way, feeling like it’s being passed down a torch from the likes of Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom."

He continued, "That being said, I think both the Spellling and the Lingua Ignota are incredible works."

Anthony Fantano's 50 albums of 2021:

  1. Spellling - The Turning Wheel
  2. Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
  3. Arca - KicK iii
  4. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
  5. St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
  6. JPEGMAFIA - LP!
  7. Richard Dawson and Circle - Henki
  8. Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
  9. Porter Robinson - Nurture
  10. Jeff Rosenstock - SKA DREAM
  11. Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  12. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner’s Mind
  13. Sloppy Jane - Madison
  14. Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
  15. black midi - Cavalcade
  16. Genesis Owusu - Smiling with No Teeth
  17. Low - HEY WHAT
  18. Blu - The Color Blu(e)
  19. Turnstile - Glow On
  20. Backxwash - I Lie Here Buried with My Rings and My Dresses
  21. Wiki - Half God
  22. Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
  23. Black Dresses - Forever in Your Heart
  24. Sematary - Rainbow Bridge 3
  25. Black Country, New Road - For the first time
  26. BROCKHAMPTON - Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
  27. Feu! Chatterton - Palais d’argile
  28. Yola - Stand for Myself
  29. Weezer - OK Human
  30. James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart
  31. death’s dynamic shroud.wmv - Faith in Persona
  32. Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
  33. illuminati hotties - Let Me Do One More
  34. slowthai - TYRON
  35. Westside Gunn - Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B
  36. Pink Siifu - GUMBO’!
  37. Nas - King’s Disease II
  38. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage
  39. Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - Haram
  40. L’Rain - Fatigue
  41. Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz
  42. Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
  43. Twin Shadow - Twin Shadow
  44. Panopticon - …And Again Into the Light
  45. Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales
  46. The Killers - Pressure Machine
  47. Fire-Toolz - Eternal Home
  48. Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
  49. Dean Blunt - BLACK METAL 2
  50. dltzk - Frailty
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