If you were to pick your Top 5 albums of the year at this halfway point what would they be?

I can’t count

Also on my 2021 albums playlist so far
Fightmilk - Contender
Bicep - Isles

  1. Mogwai - As the love
  2. Dvne - Etemen Ænka
  3. Bicep - Isles
  4. Genghis Tron - Dream Weapon
  5. Gary Numan - Intruder
  1. DVNE - Etemen Ænka
  2. Bicep - Isles
  3. Hænesy - Garabontzia
  4. Elderwind - Fires
  5. Lake Haze - Sun Rising on Concrete Landscapes

honourable mentions -

Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm
Mogwai - As The Love Continues
Wolvennest - Temple
Grima - Rotten Garden
Kauan - Ice Fleet
Noctule - Wretched Abyss


Tell me what I should like, ey?

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Came up with six off the top of my head, so with Mogwai being the unlucky ones to miss out, I’ll go for (in no particular order) these:

“Scatterbrain” - The Chills
“New Long Leg” - Dry Cleaning
“Song Of Co-Aklan” - Cathal Coughlan
“As Days Get Dark” - Arab Strap
“Emphatically No” - Cheekface

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  1. Christian Loffler - Parallels: Shellac Reworks
  2. Skee Mask - Pool
  3. Kessler - Ambivalent
  4. Bicep - Isles
  5. Lycoriscoris - Chiyu

I originally thought Gidge’s ‘New Light’ came out this year, but was apparently Nov 20.
Well worth a listen if you like electronic though.


Middle Kids came as a surprise for me, nothing we haven’t seen before but a bunch of really solidly written indie-pop tracks. Stacking Chairs is one of my songs of the year.

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That Gidge album really is great. I though it came out in January though.

Ctrl+F ‘Nick Cave’ - wow :astonished:

If it was the best first half of albums then I think Carnage would be running away with this. I remember the immediate feedback on this forum being close to unanimous in loving the first half then being disappointed in the second half feeling like outtakes from Ghosteen.

I liked Ghosteen but was really deflated when Carnage which had started as a really exciting departure then whimpered out and felt like retreading recent musical ground.

Agree with all of ^that. Just surprised that a big hitter on DiS, whose past two albums have been extremely well received here, wouldn’t feature on a single poster’s faves of the year :woman_shrugging:

That said, I’ve not listened to it myself since the week it came out. Might go revisit…

  1. The Dirty Nil - Fuck Art
  2. Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God
  3. Teenage Wrist - Earth is a Black Hole
  4. Citizen - Life In Your Glass World
  5. Gojira - Fortitude

massive backlog of releases to catch up on, though.

  1. Floating Points
  2. Black MIDI
  3. DJ Muggs
  4. Genesis Owusu
  5. Squid

Alphabetical order

Arab Strap
Manchester Orchestra
Roddy Woomble

(Fleet Foxes for physical release date :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:)

The Guardian joining in. The music coverage is so sparse now that these sort of lists always seem very random to me.

I don’t know if this explains things for other Dissers but, for me, cos the vinyl isn’t yet in my hand it doesn’t feel like it’s properly out yet. I think I’ll only be able to judge how good it is once I’ve given it a proper spin on my turntable of an evening with a glass of something.


That is definitely a factor for me :+1:

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Of course they have the Weather Station. They are the Guardian, in music form.

Never actually heard. Thought they were an 80s band? Maybe it’s just the name makes me think that.

Warm, compassionate, but a bit one-note?