40 posts and no mentions of Grimes and only one for Rina Sawayama?
3.Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
4.Car Seat Headrest
Mentions: Beach Bunny, Porridge Radio, Tame Impala, Destroyer, Algiers.
Need more time with the Phoebe Bridgers album.
July brings two real ‘contenders’ for me - Protomartyr (17th) and Fontaines D.C (31st).
Bow Church - The Spirits In This Forest Are Older Than Your Gods
Chris Forsyth & Garcia Peoples - Peoples Motel Band (lengthy guitar freak outs, ffo Neil Young, the Dead, Television)
Jeff Rosenstock - No Dream
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
I’m enjoying the love for bow church, it’s a great album.
In no particular order, etc etc:
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
Destroyer - Have we Met
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Boltcutters
Empress of - I’m Your Empress of
Nils Frahm - Empty
Honourable mention for BC Camplight’s Shortly After Takeoff, which doesn’t quite make my top 5 but is excellent.
In terms of explanations:
Nils Frahm has helped keep my head straight during the worst of lockdown.
Fetch the Boltcutters and RTJ4 are both close to impeccable examples of their art/genre.
Always a fan of Destroyer but think this is the most consistent record he’s made since Kaputt.
Love the production and change of pace from Empress Of. Done a lot of kitchen dancing to her album.
And BC Camplight is really solid, melodic indie-pop with some very amusing rhyming couplets and wry takes in the lyrics.
Only Nadia Reid and Waxahatchee massively stand out for me so far as 10/10 records.
Looking forward to Haim arriving this week. Seeing as they’ve released something like 7 singles from it already it’s easy to predict that this will be another 10/10 for me.
I think it’s been a really strong year for music so far without necessarily delivering a standout album of the year. I make a monthly playlist on Spotify and add weekly new releases to it, then the ones I enjoy (say 7/10 and upwards) get added to an annual albums playlist, which I refer back to at the end of the year. That’s already over 70 albums which is indicative of real strength in depth, but I don’t see many that I have been going back to repeatedly.
Against All Logic and Run The Jewels probably the two that I have gone back to most so far, but I kind of feel that neither will end up my album of the year. Hard to put my finger on why, maybe I am being too punitive in my judgement because they feel a bit like sequels. Actually the Gil Scott-Heron rework by Makaya McCraven is in the same list.
The Bob Dylan album is very good. May well be a front-runner if I’m still enjoying it as much in a few weeks.
Max de Wardener, Okkyung Lee, Jeff Parker, Craven Faults all close to the top too.
Probably Yves Tumor. Heard a load of 7/8 out of 10s but nothing higher
Moses Sumney is a straight 11/10 for me and easily the best I’ve heard all year so far. Nowt comes close.
This sounds right up my alley. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Can’t figure out a top five so here’s a couple that haven’t already been mentioned that I’ve been enjoying a lot:
R.A.P Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan -
Navy Blue - Ada Irin
Pigs x7 - Viscerals
Gia Margaret - Mia Gargaret
Flat Worms - Antartica
Order is yet to be determined but I think these would be my top 5s at the moment.
Black metal -
Spectral Lore & Mare Cognitum - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine
Sickle of Dust - To The Shores of Sunrise
Borgne - Y
Afsky - Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død
Faidra - Six Voices Inside
Non-black metal -
Run The Jewels - RTJ4
Algiers - There Is No Year
bow church - The Spirits In This Forest Are Older Than Your Gods
Craven Faults - Erratics & Unconformities
Greg Dulli - Random Desire
In no particular order:
Run The Jewels
Honourable mentions: AAL, Baxter Dury, Freddie Gibbs, Waxahatchee, The Weeknd, Yves Tumor
- Neil Young
- Phoebe Bridgers
- Laura Marling
Also: Perfume Genius, US Girls, Porridge Radio, Nicolas Jaar, Fiona Apple
Ranking is arbitrary, not much between these at all.
- Baxter Dury
- Fiona Apple
- Four Tet
Run The Jewels, Bonny Light Horseman, Nadia Reid, Holy Fuck, Wolf Parade & Porridge Radio.
Very impressed with Phoebe Bridgers & Bob Dylan albums - these could be in my top 5 by end of year.
Good shout. “Back to Work” is my song of the year so far.
No order, yadda yadda…
- Gil Scott-Heron/Makaya McCraven - We’re New Again: Best possible version of this album
- Nathan Fake - Blizzrds: My favourite electronic album of the year. Consistently diverse and interesting.
- Arbouretum - Let it all in: Psychedelic country. Real grower.
- Run the Jewels 4: What everyone else says
- Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud: What everyone else also says
- Coriky S/T: I’m a sucker for anything Fugazi-related.
- Tidiane Thiam: Beautifully calm, meditative Senegalese guitar.
- Jeff Rosenstock - No Dream. 13 punk bangers. Ohio Turnpiiiiiiiiiike!!
- Pure X S/T: Well crafted indie rock.
- Grimes - Miss Anthropocene. Fuck it, I’ve really enjoyed this despite all the weirdness surrounding her.