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Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Life After

BC: Top 10 of 2021

by Sean Orr

Nobody understood the assignment more this year than the Haisla duo SNRK. Life After leaves no stone unturned- substance use, depression, family struggles, police brutality, religion and racism, while also offering hope and introspective growth. The album builds upon their critically acclaimed catalogue while also offering a departure in the form of darker more experimental material, at the same time imbuing an irreverent sense of humour. The result is a sonic tapestry woven together with narrative flair and vibrant imagery- a delicate but ferocious balance between commercial and conscious hip hop. SNRK are building a movement, and Life After is their battle cry.

Bo Burnham’s transcendent comedy special isn’t the only great piece of COVID-adjacent art titled Inside released this year. The indie-rock quintet’s latest opens and closes with the sounds of the 7pm clanging pots and pans that once heralded the essential workers, and many of the tracks find them grappling with introspective thoughts while trapped in a room – being stuck inside one’s own head being an even worse fate than the physical boundaries.