Fashion Brigade - Fvck the Heartache
Listen: "Fvck the Heartache"
Jorja Smith - Lost & Found
Lost & Found is the debut album from this young British singer. Her style is a jazz-inflected R&B that's a bit reminiscent of Amy Winehouse's music. Prior to this album, she made a name for herself through collaborations, including with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kali Uchis.
Watch: "Let Me Down" (featuring Stormzy)
Watch: "On Your Own"
Lykke Li - so sad so sexy
Li has been one of my favorite artists for the better part of the past decade, and this is her fourth album. She subtly shifts her style from album to album, with this being her most straightforward pop outing (though pop has always been a part of her style). It's another great record from a great artist!
Watch: "deep end"
Watch: "hard rain"
Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Listen: "Mother Maybe"
Lily Allen - No Shame
Watch: "Trigger Bang" (featuring Giggs)
Watch: "Lost My Mind"
Snail Mail - Lush
Watch: "Heat Wave"
Angelique Kidjo - Remain in Light
Watch: "Born Under Punches"
Watch: "Once in a Lifetime"
Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer
Josh Tillman has been a very prolific artist since starting his career in 2004, with 12 album both under the name J. Tillman and under his newer moniker, Father John Misty. He's followed up his last record, 2017's Pure Comedy, fairly quickly, with an album he jokingly referred to as its Pure Comedy 2 while touring for the previous record.
Watch: "Mr. Tillman"
Watch: "Date Night"
LUMP - LUMP
LUMP is the latest record from the spectacular Laura Marling, partnering with Mike Lindsay of TUNNG. It's a short, but sweet album. Vocally, the record is similar to her solo work, but Lindsay's involvement lends a different instrumentation to her sound.
Watch: "Curse of the Contemporary"
Watch: "May I Be the Light"
Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past
Prass scrapped the initial follow-up to her 2015 self-titled debut following the 2016 election. A different record came out of her frustration with the results. She channels those frustrations into an R&B-inflected record that calls for unity in these times.
Watch: "Short Court Style"
Watch: "The Fire"
Neko Case - Hell-On
Only Neko Case could make me look beyond the worst album art I've seen this year (I'm sorry Neko, though I still love you). She is as masterful as ever on her seventh album, showcasing the sounds she's developed both as a solo artist and with The New Pornographers, as well as introducing some new ideas.
Watch: "Last Lion of Albion"
Watch: "Curse of the I-5 Corridor" (featuring Mark Lanegan)
The Saxophones - Songs of The Saxophones
The Saxophones are the husband-wife duo of Alexi Erenkov and Alison Alderdice. They've released a series of short EPs together over the past couple of year, this is their first studio album.
Watch: "Mysteries Revealed"
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge - The Midnight Hour
Listen: "Black Beacon"
Listen: "Better Endeavor"
Juliana Daugherty - Light
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of
Watch: "Black Snow"
Watch: "The Station"
Phil Cook - PEOPLE ARE MY DRUG
Watch: "Miles Away" (featuring Amelia Meath)
Listen: "Steampowered Blues"
Richard Edwards - Verdugo
Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You
Watch: "As Long As I Have You"
Listen: "I’ve Got Your Love"
Sam Evian - You, Forever
Watch: "You, Forever"
Cold Cave - You & Me & Infinity EP
Watch: "You & Me & Infinity"
Listen: "My Heart Is Immortal"
The Flaming Lips - Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Watch: "The Captain"
Watch: "Do You Realize??"
Mazzy Star - Still
Watch: "Quiet, the Winter Harbor"
Paul Simon - Graceland - The Remixes
Listen: "Graceland" (MK & KC Lights Remix)
Listen: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Aisha Burns - Argonauta
Aisha Burns is a violinist from Texas who contributed to the Balmorhea ensemble before going solo in 2013 with Life in the Midwater. On her sophomore record, she deals with both loss and love.
Listen: "Must Be a Way"
Listen: "We Were Worn"
CHVRCHES - Love Is Dead
This third album from the Scottish trio is their first not to be self-produced, and probably their "poppiest" outing. Interestingly, though representing the band at their most pop, the sole feature on the record comes from the frontman for an established indie band, Matt Berninger of The National.
Watch: "Get Out"
Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny
Tracyanne is Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura; Danny is Danny Coughlan, also known as Crybaby. The two are close friends, but joined up for a new project following the death of Camera Obscura's Carey Lander from a rare form of cancer in 2015. Her main act is on hiatus, but this album provides the 60s-inspired guitar pop that Campbell has become known for.
Watch: "It Can't Be Love Unless It Hurts"
Michael Feuerstack - Natural Weather
Watch: "Nobody Knows"
Watch: "Love Is All Around"
Pusha T - DAYTONA
Listen: "What Would Meek Do?"
Wand - Perfume
Watch: "Pure Romance"
Zaytoven - Trap Holizay
Listen: "Back on It" (featuring Offset & Young Scooter)
Listen: "Show It" (featuring Kodak Black, T.I., & Offset)
Destroyer - City of Daughters Vinyl Reissue
Listen: "School, and the Girls Who Go There"
Listen: "No Cease Fires! (Crimes Against the State of Our Love, Baby)"
Destroyer - Thief Vinyl Reissue
Listen: "The Temple"
Hatchie - Sugar & Spice
Watch: "Sugar & Spice"
Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep
Listen: "The Long Sleep"
Bombino - Deran
Deran is the sixth album from the Nigerian musician. The album, which follows the Dan Auerbach-produced Nomad, celebrates the artist's culture and heritage. It was recorded in Africa and sung entirely in Tamashek.
Watch: "Deran Deran Alkheir"
Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
Tell Me How You Really Feel is, somewhat surprisingly, only Barnett's second album. Her body of work is much larger, starting with an acclaimed double EP, A Sea of Split Peas and more recently including, Lotta Sea Lice, a collaboration with Kurt Vile.
Watch: "Nameless, Faceless"
Watch: "Need a Little Time"
Frog Eyes - Violet Psalms
The eighth album from Frog Eyes will also reportedly be the band's last and was followed by a farewell tour. The album was recorded at the home of members Carey Mercer and Melanie Campbell. Although the band has counted members of Wolf Parade and The New Pornographers as bandmates, the record is stripped back to just the four core members.
Watch: "Your Boss’s Shirt"
Listen: "Pay for Fire"
Patrick Paige II - Letters of Irrelevance
Paige is a member of the The Internet, who also released a new album this year. He serves as the band's bassist, but shows off his own voice on his debut. Similar to his work in The Internet, the album combines soul, funk, and hip hop.
Watch: "On My Mind/Charge It to the Game" (featuring Syd & Kari Faux)
Watch: "The Party Song (Do My Dance)" (featuring Fortebowie) / "The Best Policy"
TT - LoveLaws
TT is Theresa Wayman, who is also a member of Warpaint. She's released three albums with her band, including 2016's Heads Up, but LoveLaws is her first solo record.
Watch: "I’ve Been Fine"
Listen: "Love Leaks"
Buck Meek - Buck Meek
Now, Now - Saved
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
Watch: "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience"
Watch: "Wide Awake"
Quiet Slang - Everything Matters but No One Is Listening
Watch: "Dirty Cigarettes"
Listen: "Noisy Heaven"
Remember Sports - Slow Buzz
Watch: "Pull Through"
Watch: "The 1 Bad Man"
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard
Wax Idols - Happy Ending
Listen: "Heaven Knows"
The Breeders - Last Splash Vinyl Reissue
The Breeders - Mountain Battles Vinyl Reissue
Listen: "Mountain Battles"
Listen: "Bang On"
The Breeders - Pod Vinyl Reissue
The Breeders - Title TK Vinyl Reissue
Listen: "Off You"
The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat Vinyl Reissue
Listen: "Quay Cur"
Listen: "Blueberry Boat"
How to Talk to Girls at Parties: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Listen: Xiu Xiu & Mitski - "Between the Breaths"
Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong Reissue
Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay Sessions
Watch: "(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay"
Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Reissue
Listen: "Fine Line"
Listen: "How Kind of You"
Paul McCartney - NEW Reissue
Watch: "Queenie Eye"
Paul McCartney - Thrillington Reissue
Listen: "Too Many People"
Listen: "Ram On"
Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings Greatest Reissue
Listen: "Live and Let Die"
Listen: "Junior’s Farm"
Pink Floyd - Pulse Remastered and Expanded
Listen: "Astronomy Domine"
Listen: "What Do You Want from Me"
Pink Floyd - Relics Reissue
Listen: "Arnold Layne"
Listen: "See Emily Play"