My Tree, “Where the Grace Is”

The Brooklyn duo’s second LP is a well-intentioned, slow-burn rumination on the gripes of American social and economical plight.

Midwife, “Luminol”

Madeline Johnston’s third album explores what it means to be lonely and loud simultaneously within a world crumbling around us.

Death Valley Girls, “Street Venom” (Deluxe Edition)

This reissue of the band’s 2014 debut gives new focus and meaning to details from the original release.

Darkside, “Spiral”

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington crystallize what made their debut so impactful while offering enough new detours to avoid retread status.

Rodrigo Amarante, “Drama”

Amarante’s second solo album is the work of a vexingly imaginative, subtly unpredictable, and ruminatively humorous composer.

Alexis Marshall, “House of Lull . House of When”

The Daughters vocalist’s solo debut captures the collapse of society over the course of a tormented, uneven 9 tracks.

The Flaming Lips, “The Soft Bulletin Companion”

The odd experiments, melodic dead ends, and other outtakes on this compilation are geared toward diehard fans of the monumental 1999 album.

Anika, “Change”

Witnessing Anika’s evolution from her debut to sophomore album is like experiencing the world go from black and white to color.

Willow, “lately I feel EVERYTHING”

Willow Smith finds a zone that highlights her vocals in a vibrant, lighter-fluid-lit glow.

Alice Coltrane, “Kirtan: Turiya Sings”

The composer pulls from prayerful moments with voice and Wurlitzer electric organ to awe-inspiring results.

Karen Black, “Dreaming of You (1971-1976)”

The posthumous debut from the New Hollywood actress is an album of ghosts and haunted hearts.

Clairo, “Sling”

Claire Cottrill’s sophomore effort is a strong footfall out of the music industry quicksand and a way to wash the past and online naysayers away.

Babehoven, “Nastavi, Calliope”

The album runs the gamut musically and lyrically, mirroring a day in the life of someone who’s grieving, when moods and feelings change in an instant.

Lightning Bug, “A Color of the Sky”

The dream pop group’s third album finds beauty in quiet and noise, the natural and the otherworldly, change and acceptance.

A Place to Bury Strangers, “Hologram”

There’s still darkness present on the noise rock band’s latest EP, but it’s more of a shadow than an abyss.

Olivia Kaplan, “Tonight Turns to Nothing”

The LA songwriter’s debut feels more indebted to Hollywood’s dingy strip malls than the city’s striking natural setting or skyline.

Pretty Sick, “Come Down”

The EP’s raw sentiment and experimental sound serves as the yang to “Deep Divine”’s dreamlike, reverb-soaked yin.

Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, “Eternal Messenger”

The new box set celebrates Brown’s exploration of rough-hewn art rock with a twist alongside his crew Kingdom Come.

Dean Blunt, “Black Metal 2”

At once earthy and metropolitan, “Black Metal 2” is as enigmatic as the best records in Blunt’s discography.

N0V3L, “Non-Fiction”

The Vancouver post-punks’ debut is a chaotic map of observations and critiques of the modern world.

Various Artists, “Red Hot + Free”

Red Hot beats as it hasn’t in quite some time, pushing its participants further than you may have imagined.

Ellis, “Nothing Is Sacred Anymore”

The aptly titled abyss-gazing EP is about as pretty as a pandemic gets.

Kings of Convenience, “Peace or Love”

There’s nothing too shocking on the duo’s first album in a decade, and there are still plenty of cozy vibes.

Tyler, the Creator, “Call Me If You Get Lost”

Tyler shows off his progress as a rapper with a power and musicality you knew he had in him, yet feared he’d let slide.

2nd Grade, “Wish You Were Here Tour Revisited”

2nd Grade adds new twists and turns to their 2018 debut while maintaining their sincere and fun power-pop packaging. 

SPELLLING, “The Turning Wheel”

Tia Cabral makes a huge instrumental and narrative leap forward on her lush new album.

Pom Pom Squad, “Death of a Cheerleader”

The band’s sophomore album balances a pop-punk grit with the complication of heartbreak.

MIKE, “Disco!”

There is glee to be found in every crevice of the Bronx rapper’s immersion in house music and bossa nova.


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