2022 AOTY So Far

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Spent some time today perusing a handful of recently published "Albums of the Year So Far" lists: Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin, Stereogum, The Guardian, Exclaim, and Vulture. Merged with an existing list I had of Pitchfork 8.0+ and Metacritic 85+ scored albums and came up with the following. Thought others might be interested in seeing and discussing the critical consensus, as well as discovering some of the more obscure selections.

Artist - Title (Appearance Count)
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (9)
The Weeknd - Dawn FM (9)
Rosalia - Motomami (8)
Soul Glo - Diaspora Problems (8)
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention (8)
Earl Sweatshirt - Sick! (7)
Wet Leg - Wet Leg (7)
Angel Olsen - Big Time (6)
Cate Le Bon - Pompeii (6)
Charli XCX - Crash (6)
Kendrick Lamar - Mr Morale & The BIg Steppers (6)
Pusha T - It's Almost Dry (6)
Vince Staples - Ramona Park Broke My Heart (6)
Bad Bunny - Un Verano Sin Ti (5)
Black Country, New Road - Ants from Up There (5)
Destroyer - Labrynthitis (5)
FKA Twigs - Caprisongs (5)
Jenny Hval - Classic Objects (5)
Nilüfer Yanya - Painless (5)
Aldous Harding - Warm Chris (4)
Denzel Curry - Melt My Eyez See Your Future (4)
Koffee - Gifted (4)
Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa (4)
Animal Collective - Time Skiffs (3)
Axel Boman - LUZ / Quest for Fire (3)
Beach House - Once Twice Melody (3)
Billy Woods - Aethiopes (3)
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Topical Dancer (3)
Father John Misty - Chloë and the Next 20th Century (3)
Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia (3)
Huerco S. - Plonk (3)
Mitski - Laurel Hell (3)
MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs (3)
Oso Oso - Sore Thumb (3)
Saba - Few Good Things (3)
Sharon Van Etten - We've Been Going About This All Wrong (3)
Tomberlin - i don't know who needs to hear this… (3)
Toro y Moi - Mahal (3)
Yeule - Glitch Princess (3)
Alabaster DePlume - Gold - Go Forward in the Courage of Your Love (2)
Arcade Fire - WE (2)
Camp Cope - Running with the Hurricane (2)
Cave In - Heavy Pendulum (2)
Drug Church - Hygiene (2)
Empath - Visitor (2)
Girlpool - Forgiveness (2)
Harry Styles - Harry's House (2)
Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance (2)
Hurray for the Riff Raff - Life On Earth (2)
Kevin Morby - This Is a Photograph (2)
Kurt Vile - (Watch My Moves) (2)
Leikeli47 - Shape Up (2)
Let's Eat Grandma - Two Ribbons (2)
Maria BC - Hyaline (2)
Miranda Lambert - Palomino (2)
Ravyn Lenae - HYPNOS (2)
Redveil - Learn 2 Swim (2)
SAULT - Air (2)
Silvana Estrada - Marchita (2)
Stromae - Multitude (2)
Undeath - It's Time...To Rise From the Grave (2)
Yard Act - The Overload (2)

Indexed, Thursday, 16 June 2022 21:50 (two weeks ago) link

Daniel Rossen - You Belong There
MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs

one of these i think. or maybe big thief. i haven't heard a lot of that list though, mostly been in the mood for this indie folk/country stuff this year

ciderpress, Thursday, 16 June 2022 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

glad that some places highlighted the excellent silvana estrada album

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 June 2022 22:23 (two weeks ago) link

Kendrick so far. Nothing has really hit me hard yet this year aside from that and maybe some interesting instrumental records (Croatian Amor - Rainbow Bridge and Black Flower - Magma)

octobeard, Thursday, 16 June 2022 22:28 (two weeks ago) link

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul and Cate Le Bon are ones I keep coming back to, though I'm starting to wonder if the former has slid from delightfully cheeky to sorta annoying.

One not on the list is P.E.'s 'The Leather Lemon,' which I enjoy a great deal.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 17 June 2022 03:00 (two weeks ago) link

Revisited the Big Thief album last weekend (after a long break), and it sounded better than ever. Pretty hard to imagine anything topping that for me this year.

Creature Catcher (Live) (morrisp), Friday, 17 June 2022 03:25 (two weeks ago) link

MJ Lenderman for me.

alpine static, Friday, 17 June 2022 04:28 (two weeks ago) link

I would add Rema and Carla Morrison to the list and wonder about the sources later

Nabozo, Friday, 17 June 2022 06:55 (two weeks ago) link

Rema for me.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 17 June 2022 07:47 (two weeks ago) link

Rema, absolutely: REMA : days of Rave & Roses (& of course Bangers)

I also love Fameye's Songs of Peter album.

The brand-new Kabza De Small album, KOA II, Part 1, is a likely candidate too.

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 June 2022 08:18 (two weeks ago) link

The Shearwater album is AOTY so far for me, and tbh I can't see anything else topping it in the next six months.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 17 June 2022 08:21 (two weeks ago) link

have heard a fair few of these but Topical Dancer is the only one I really love at the moment. Ravyn Lenae record is pretty nice too, still digesting it.

Not on the list: Utada Hikaru - Bad Mode

Roz, Friday, 17 June 2022 08:21 (two weeks ago) link

My AsOTYSF (everything rated 8/10 or above, yes ratings suck but you gotta have your methods), bold not listed by (more than one of) teh zinez:

VR SEX - Rough Dimension
Half Man Half Biscuit - The Voltarol Years
Patricia Taxxon - Visiting Narcissa
Craig Fortnam - Instrumental Music 1
Fievel Is Glauque - Aerodynes
Holy Scum - Strange Desires

Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul - Topical Dancer
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Rolo Tomassi - Where Myth Becomes Memory
Radioactive Boss Baby - Radioactive Boss Baby
MWWB - The Harvest
Elucid - I Told Bessie
Black Dresses - Forget Your Own Face

Currently listening to the new SB The Moor (In Babylon!) that came out today and it has a very good chance of joining this list, and Stabscotch - PRISON JAR comes out next week, honestly a near-guaranteed masterpiece.

And I'm just one person with one taste. There is SO much music coming out, most of the most interesting of which will never trouble lists such as these, because it just doesn't fit with the milquetoast lifestyle branding the publications peddle. If like to hope that ilxors know better - that they're constantly discovering new, exciting music that lies at least partly without the monstrous reductions of the canon-formers (nothing against liking the albums listed above, even if most of them play it safe to a degree). So c'mon, this is all a bit reticent so far. Not calling you all boring or unimaginative - I wouldn't dream of it! - but light, bushel, etc

P.S. I guess one problem is that a list of largely unfamiliar names is no real enticement. So...

unbelievably kinetic hardgoth synthpunk Real England: an elegy your favourite hypermelodic pop producer achieves Autechre chamber-folk legend records album of instrumentals, typically heartbreaking melodies the Fievel is Glauque album has been taken offline but will return, it's so gorgeous insane noise-rock given the full psych remix treatment by one of the dudes from Dälek, best Gnod-related project yet triumph in industrial deathpop overwhelming Bradcore radioactive boss baby sci-fi melodoom deluxe wildly inventive art-hop triumph in industrial deathpop (but there's 2 of theml wildly inventive rap/pop/cybertrash uncategorisable fever-dream the experimental rock magicians' eternal jamboree

imago, Friday, 17 June 2022 09:42 (two weeks ago) link

Pusha T for me.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 17 June 2022 10:03 (two weeks ago) link

It's between these 3 for me

Real Lies- Lad Ash
Cloakroom - Dissolution Wave
Mr Fingers - Around The Sun pt.1

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 17 June 2022 12:19 (two weeks ago) link

Tell us more!

imago, Friday, 17 June 2022 12:31 (two weeks ago) link

good shout on cloakroom, amazing album

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 June 2022 12:44 (two weeks ago) link

i’ll mention these rap albums, off the top of my head

realyungphil - dr. philvinci
quelle chris - deathfame
central cee - 23
los - kareem from new orleans
mercury - tabula rasa
lil bean - forever grateful
defcee & boathouse - for all debts public and private
daboii - can’t tame us
tony shhnow - reflexions
nocap - mr. crawford

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 June 2022 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

The correct answer is of course Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Real Lies and Confidence Man

groovypanda, Friday, 17 June 2022 12:57 (two weeks ago) link

I’d probably go with cloakroom too. I love that album. I’d also put a vote in for della zyr - truly lovely calming dream pop.

Skrot Montague, Friday, 17 June 2022 13:03 (two weeks ago) link

i need to hear that elucid album!

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:09 (two weeks ago) link

Mary Halvorson - Amaryllis

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:13 (two weeks ago) link

Charlotte Adigery + Bolis Pupul
Jack J
Axel Boman
Omar S

Pretty certain I’ll love the Nailah Hunter, CRJ and Caroline Polachek whenever they come out.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:20 (two weeks ago) link

I need to listen to Real Lies and Confidence Man

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:21 (two weeks ago) link

xp I thought you only liked a handful of the Rosalía tracks (like myself)!

Bunheads Pilot Enthusiast (morrisp), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:25 (two weeks ago) link

Both great Moka xp

Real Lies an evocative and melancholic paean to London and clubbing in the past whilst Confidence Man is brash, dumb, OTT pop put through a 90s house wringer that's enormous fun.

groovypanda, Friday, 17 June 2022 13:28 (two weeks ago) link

another shout for Rema i think

Armenian Idol (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:34 (two weeks ago) link

Very much agree on the Cloakroom album.


Negative Plane – The Pact…
Vórtize – ¡Tienes Que Luchar!
Satan – Earth Infernal
Ghost – Impera
Moon Tooth – Phototroph
Voivod – Synchro Anarchy

jmm, Friday, 17 June 2022 13:38 (two weeks ago) link

Just Mustard

ArchCarrier, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

Big Thief remains at the top of my list. A handful of other great albums (Pusha T, Erin Rae, Dehd, Kendrick) but I have hopes some more will come along to place higher on my list.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 17 June 2022 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

Big Thief also my #1, without question. Been some time since I played a new album as frequently for this long after release.

Maybe it was obvious but the 62 albums listed above were the ones that showed up on more than 1 of the lists/sources I mentioned. Here are the ~100 that only appear on 1 list (with their source following). Haven't heard most of the suggestions in the thread so far and am adding them to my hopelessly long to-do list.

700 Bliss - Nothing to Declare (P4k 8+)
Amber Mark - Three Dimensions Deep (P4k 8+)
Anitta - Versions of Me (RS BSF)
Anxious - Little Green House (SG BSF)
Asa - V (RS BSF)
Astrid Sonne - Ephemeral Camera Feed (P4k BSF)
Avril Lavigne - Love Sux (RS BSF)
Bad Boy Chiller Crew - Disrespectful (P4k 8+)
Becky G - Esquemas (RS BSF)
Binker & Moses - Feeding the Machine (Metacritic 85+)
Black Star - No Fear of Time (RS BSF)
Bladee / Ecco2k - Crest (P4k 8+)
Blood Incantation - Timewave Zero (Vulture BSF)
Bob Vylan - Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life (Metacritic 85+)
BTS - Proof (RS BSF)
Camila Cabello - Familia (RS BSF)
Caracara - New Preoccupations (Spin BSF)
Caroline - Caroline (P4k 8+)
Cécile McLorin Salvant - Ghost Song (Guardian BSF)
CMAT - If My Wife New I'd Be Dead (Metacritic 85+)
Coi Leray - Trendsetter (RS BSF)
Conway the Machine - God Don't Make Mistakes (SG BSF)
Craig Finn - A Legacy of Rentals (P4k 8+)
Daddy Yankee - Legendaddy (RS BSF)
Duster - Together (SG BSF)
Earth Gang - Ghetto Gods (RS BSF)
Eddie Vedder - Earthling (RS BSF)
Eliane Radigue/Frederic Blondy - Occam XXV (P4k 8+)
Ella Mai - Heart on My Sleeve (RS BSF)
Eric Chenaux - Say Laura (Guardian BSF)
Fana Hues - Flora + Fana (Guardian BSF)
Finally, New - They Hate Change (P4k 8+)
Fivio Foreign - B.I.B.L.E. (RS BSF)
Florence and the Machine - Dance Fever (RS BSF)
Fransisca Valenzuela - Vida Tan Bonita (RS BSF)
Fred Moten / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver - Moten/Lopez/Cleaver (P4k 8+)
Future - I Never Liked You (RS BSF)
Gang of Youths - angel in realtime. (SG BSF)
Grace Ives - Janky Star (P4k 8+)
Guerilla Toss - Famously Alive (SG BSF)
Haru Nemuri - Hunka Ryougen (P4k 8+)
Hook - From, Hook (P4k BSF)
Horace Andy - Midnight Rocker (Guardian BSF)
Ibibo Sound Machine - Electricity (Metacritic 85+)
Jeshi - Universal Credit (Guardian BSF)
Joe Rainey - Niineta (P4k 8+)
Joel Ross - The Parable of the Poet (Guardian BSF)
Joshua Hedley - Neon Blue (P4k BSF)
Junglepussy - JP5000 (P4k BSF)
Just Mustard - Heart Under (Metacritic 85+)
Kathryn Joseph - his World Is Going to Ruin You (Metacritic 85+)
Kiren - Yasuaki Shimizu (P4k 8+)
Latto - 777 (RS BSF)
Les Louanges - Crash (Exclaim BSF)
Levon Vincent - Silent Cities (P4k 8+)
Leyla McCalla - Breaking the Thermometer (Guardian BSF)
Lil Durk - 7220 (RS BSF)
Los Bitchos - Let the Festivities Begin! (RS BSF)
Lucky Daye - Candydrip (Spin BSF)
Luna Li - Duality (Exclaim BSF)
Maren Morris - Humble Quest (P4k 8+)
Marina Herlop - Pripyat (P4k 8+)
Mary J Blige - Good Morning Gorgeous (RS BSF)
Mattie - Jupiter's Purse (P4k 8+)
Melt Yourself Down - Pray for Me, I Don’t Fit In (Guardian BSF)
Messa - Close (Spin BSF)
Molly Nilsson - Extreme (Guardian BSF)
Obongjayar - Some Nights I Dream of Doors (Vulture BSF)
Omar Apollo - Ivory (RS BSF)
OMBIIGIZI - Sewn Back Together (Exclaim BSF)
Oren Ambarchi/Johan Berthling/Andreas Werliin - Ghosted (P4k 8+)
Perfume Genius - Ugly Season (P4k 8+)
Phife Dawg - Forever (RS BSF)
Pierre Kwenders - José Louis and the Paradox of Love (Exclaim BSF)
Praise - All in a Dream (SG BSF)
Quelle Chris - Deathfame (Vulture BSF)
Raveena - Asha’s Awakening (RS BSF)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love (RS BSF)
Richard Inman - Come Back Through (Exclaim BSF)
Rolling Blackouts C.F. - Endless Rooms (SG BSF)
Rolo Tomassi - Where Myth Becomes Memory (SG BSF)
SASAMI - Squeeze (SG BSF)
SG Goodman - Teeth Marks (P4k 8+)
Shamir - Heterosexaulity (RS BSF)
Shawny Binladen - Wick City (P4k BSF)
Silverbacks - Archive Material (SG BSF)
Sister Ray - Communion (Exclaim BSF)
Soccer Mommy - Sometimes, Forever (SG BSF)
Sonic Youth - In/Out/In (P4k 8+)
Sophie Birch - Holotropica (P4k 8+)
Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful (SG BSF)
St Paul & the Broken Bones - The Alien Coast (Guardian BSF)
Syd - Broken Hearts Club (RS BSF)
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder - Get on Board (RS BSF)
Tess Roby - Ideas of Space (Exclaim BSF)
The Black Keys - Dropout Boogie (RS BSF)
The Linda Lindas - Growing Up (P4k 8+)
The Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars (P4k 8+)
Two Shell - Home EP (P4k BSF)
Trueno - Bien O Mal (RS BSF)
Various Artists - Summer of Soul, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (RS BSF)
Véhémence - Ordalies (Spin BSF)
Vein.fm - This World Is Going to Ruin You (Vulture BSF)
VNTAGEPARADISE - Parable of the Sensei (P4k BSF)
Warpaint - Radiate Like This (SG BSF)
Wilco - Cruel Country (RS BSF)
William Basinski/Janek Schaefer - ...On Reflection (P4k 8+)
Yumi Zouma - Present Tense (SG BSF)
Yung Kayo - DFTK (P4k 8+)

Indexed, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:26 (two weeks ago) link

Cloakroom, Loop, or PLOSIVS

beard papa, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

Daddy Yankee - Legendaddy (RS BSF)

Album Title Of The Year, unquestionably

the absence of Rema, even on this longlist, is pretty absurd

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 June 2022 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

xp I thought you only liked a handful of the Rosalía tracks (like myself)!

― Bunheads Pilot Enthusiast (morrisp)

I did! It has grown on me.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 17 June 2022 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

think i’m the only one who thinks the sharon van etten is her best work yet but that’s at the top of my list

real lies is my other fave. after that: rema, tears for fears, angel olsen, mr fingers

i know i’ll love the rosalía but i still haven’t had the chance to listen

been listening to almost no new music this year so i could be out of touch but i’m a little less cumulatively blown away by music this year than in previous, even though it seems like vinyl manufacturing and promotional tours are finally aligning in such a way that all of my favorite artists are putting out music again. i guess it’ll be a stacked fall

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 17 June 2022 16:02 (two weeks ago) link

AOTY is going to be the new Soccer Mommy, based on the singles

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 June 2022 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

Real Lies, out of the small handful I've heard. Extraordinary album

Vinnie, Friday, 17 June 2022 16:07 (two weeks ago) link

xp was only on one list because it's not out til next week but expect it to do well at year end

Indexed, Friday, 17 June 2022 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

the big thief album is often awesome but it’s no capacity, that’s my story

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 17 June 2022 16:39 (two weeks ago) link

The new Mr Fingers is pretty much what youd expect from a Mr Fingers album made in '22 but I dunno its all I want to listen to

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 17 June 2022 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

probably voivod

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 17 June 2022 17:07 (two weeks ago) link

Moon Tooth – Phototroph

Also one of the albums I've been listening to most tbh

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 17 June 2022 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

For me so far it's either Nduduzo Makhathini's In the Spirit of Ntu or the posthumous Eric Wagner album, In the Lonely Light of Mourning. Runners-up: Maule, s/t; Loop, Sonancy.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 17 June 2022 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

Ibibio Sound Machine could be up there for me

nashwan, Friday, 17 June 2022 19:33 (two weeks ago) link

I think the destroyer album is the one I've listened to most so far. Still waiting for an album to truly amaze me though. I've been mostly going on some deep dives on much older stuff in the last couple of months though.

silverfish, Friday, 17 June 2022 19:45 (two weeks ago) link

Real Lies,
Modern Nature,
Mr Fingers,
Duncan Marquiss,
Lynn Avery & Cole Pulice,
Ethel Cain.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 17 June 2022 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

Also one of the albums I've been listening to most tbh

― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, June 17, 2022 1:26 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Did you notice they're playing here in Sept?

jmm, Friday, 17 June 2022 21:21 (two weeks ago) link

would be shocked if anything beats out Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You

gman59, Friday, 17 June 2022 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

Top 20 so far

1. Maya Shenfeld - In Free Fall (Thrill Jockey)
2. Kevin Drumm - Future When It Comes (Self-Released)
3. Sheng Jie & Shen Jing - Parallel Weaving (WV Sorcerer)
4. Tanya Tagaq - Tongues (Six Shooter)
5. Éliane Radigue & Frédéric Blondy - Occam XXV (Organ Reframed)
6. Elías Merino & Daniel del Río - Structures for Wave Field Synthesis (Superpang)
7. Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser & Alex Varty - Pacifica Koral Reef (577)
8. Laura Cocks - Field Anatomies (Carrier)
9. Flower-Corsano Duo - Halcyon (VHF)
10. Bondi D'Incise/Blutwurst Ensemble - Zgodność (Insub)
11. Jóhann Jóhannsson - Drone Mass (Deutsche Grammophon)
12. Gábor Lázár - Boundary Object (Planet Mu)
13. Phelimuncasi - Ama Gogela (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
14. Fulu Mziki - Ngbaka EP (Moshi Moshi)
15. Keiji Haino - My Lord Music, I Most Humbly Beg Your Indulgence In The Hope That You Will Do Me The Honour Of Permitting This Seed Called Keiji Haino To Be Planted Within You (Black Editions)
16. Jim O'Rourke, Eiko Ishibashi & Joe Talia - Patrick (Self-Released)
17. Infernal Mosquitos - Antigua (Superpang)
18. Imarhan - Aboogi (City Slang)
19. Patrick Shiroshi & Jeff Tobias - Patrick Shiroshi & Jeff Tobias (Topos Press)
20. Biosphere - Shortwave Memories (Biophon)

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 17 June 2022 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

I don't think I've heard any of that shit upthread but Huerco S. and Sault.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 17 June 2022 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

13. Phelimuncasi - Ama Gogela (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

good gqom album

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 June 2022 22:00 (two weeks ago) link

Oooh, new Biosphere.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 17 June 2022 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

I dig some of the OP albums but Cloakroom is the one I come back to the most.

KPH, Friday, 17 June 2022 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

my 2022 aoty is probably _dots and loops_ by stereolab

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 17 June 2022 23:15 (two weeks ago) link

Did you notice they're playing here in Sept?


No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 17 June 2022 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

Something I didn’t mention - because it isn’t out yet - is the Prekop/McEntire LP.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 18 June 2022 00:03 (two weeks ago) link

Real Lies by an absolute mile. Also really like Hatchie, Melody's Echo Chamber, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Foxes, Raveena, Charli XCX, Destroyer and Nilüfer Yanya.

kitchen person, Saturday, 18 June 2022 01:14 (two weeks ago) link

Listening to the whole Phelimuncasi catalog right now — they're amazing.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 18 June 2022 01:53 (two weeks ago) link

Emily Wells' Regards to the End is worth spending time with.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Saturday, 18 June 2022 05:51 (two weeks ago) link

while we’re doing Nyege Nyege Tapes, DJ Travella’s Mr Mixondo album is quite something too. (Tanzanian) singeli this time, not (South African) gqom.

To my amazement, there’s an actual, quite extensive Pitchfork review:
(context: I remember reading something about the Phelimuncasi album, but that “review” didn’t mention anything about the kind of music it involved)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 18 June 2022 07:32 (two weeks ago) link

did anyone mention finally, new by they hate change? so good

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Saturday, 18 June 2022 16:34 (two weeks ago) link

ooh this Emily Wells album is extremely my shit

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 18 June 2022 16:45 (two weeks ago) link

I love the Taj Mahal/Ry Cooder album.

banjoboy, Saturday, 18 June 2022 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

Real Lies - Lad Ash
Vitesse X - Us Ephemeral

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Saturday, 18 June 2022 22:19 (two weeks ago) link

^ this is a very bad description but the second one of those is vapourwave-adjacent dreampop meets 90s ravey stuff

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Saturday, 18 June 2022 22:26 (two weeks ago) link

Amber Mark - Three Dimensions Deep (P4k 8+)
Anitta - Versions of Me (RS BSF)
Anxious - Little Green House (SG BSF)

I assume P4k and RS is Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, but what is SG and BSF?

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 18 June 2022 22:45 (two weeks ago) link

I think SG is Stereogum, and BSF means that the site included it in their “Best (of 2022) So Far” feature

Bunheads Pilot Enthusiast (morrisp), Saturday, 18 June 2022 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

ten I love: Mitski, Rosalia, Let's Eat Grandma, Nilufer Yanya, Adigery/Pupul, Girlpool, Billy Woods, Etran de L'Air, Tears for Fears, Amber Mark. and the 1/3 of Lad Ash I've heard, of course. also didn't get to Jazmine Sullivan or Tinashe last year so I've sorta been pretending the deluxe versions are all new.

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Sunday, 19 June 2022 23:20 (one week ago) link

Factoring in NPR's list, here's how the top of my previous list changes:

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (10)
The Weeknd - Dawn FM (9)
Soul Glo - Diaspora Problems (9)
Rosalia - Motomami (8)
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention (8)
Earl Sweatshirt - Sick! (7)
Wet Leg - Wet Leg (7)
Kendrick Lamar - Mr Morale & The Big Steppers (7)

Here are the albums that are only on NPR's list:

Dan Romer - Station Eleven Soundtrack
Girl Ultra - El Sur
Guitarricadelafuente - La Cantera
Harvey Sutherland - Boy
Immanuel Wilkins - The 7th Hand
Jogging House - Weight
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Drone Mass
Kojey Radical - Reason to Smile
Peter Cocooma - A Place to Begin
Samm Henshaw - Untidy Soul
Saya Gray - 19 Masters
Shortie No Mass - here goes nothing.
Straw Man Army - SOS
Swsh - Goodboy
X Alfonso - Ancestros Sinfónico
Yeat - 2 Alive

Indexed, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 16:38 (four days ago) link

a lot of these don't seem like AOTY material (DawnFM? Seriously) But maybe people don't really make those anymore. I figure Kendrick will top a bunch of lists and people will complain about it.

Dawn FM is pretty good! Lopatin worked some magic. Easily the most compelling stuff I've heard from The Weeknd since the initial EP mixtapes. Agreed it won't be many people's AOTY but there are always near-universally "liked" albums that bubble to the top in group voting exercises.

Indexed, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 17:07 (four days ago) link

i checked, it's still Rema

bury my heart in wounded kieth (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 28 June 2022 17:10 (four days ago) link

Straw Man Army rules! Good job, NPR.

alpine static, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 17:15 (four days ago) link

AOTY is going to be the new Soccer Mommy, based on the singles

― boxedjoy, Friday, 17 June 2022 16:03 (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

I was so right about this

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 19:38 (four days ago) link

you were!!!

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 28 June 2022 19:39 (four days ago) link

wifigawd - chain of command

brimstead, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 21:01 (four days ago) link

The 50 best albums I've heard so far this year.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 29 June 2022 13:19 (three days ago) link

Maybe it's not AOTY level, but I want to take a moment to rep for Flasher - Love is Yours which is, at the very least, a better post-punk-pop record than Wet Leg's debut (and I *like* Wet Leg). Their last one, Constant Image was my most-played album of 2018. This band is perennially under-praised, IMO.

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Wednesday, 29 June 2022 14:39 (three days ago) link

That's a good list unperson, a few more I need to check out now and glad to see some love for that Ecstatic Vision record. I've been a big fan of them and I think the new one is one of their best.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 29 June 2022 15:00 (three days ago) link

The ILM outlier at the top of this list appears to be Soul Glo. The last post I found on the band was from 2019.

Soul Glo’s rise to hardcore heroism would be greater cause for celebration if it weren’t such a damning indictment of American society. Since forming in 2014, the Philly quartet has garnered modest acclaim for airing their righteous grievances against being both tokenized and ostracized as a Black punk band, all while sparing no detail on hypocrisy within their own community, our broken health care system, generational trauma, and the false promises of higher education and upward mobility. By the time Americans en masse were starting to admit that things were as fucked up as Soul Glo had been saying, they’d put out their first widely distributed release, Songs to Yeet at the Sun, in November 2020. The message hadn’t changed, but more people were actually willing to listen. Nearly two years later, none of Soul Glo’s calls for political action have been answered in a meaningful way. “It’s been ‘fuck right wing’ off the rip/But still liberals are more dangerous,” Pierce Jordan snarls midway through Soul Glo’s staggering new album, Diaspora Problems, a ticking time bomb hurled by a band tired of waiting on solutions and taking power into its own hands. - Ian Cohen @p4k


Indexed, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 15:17 (three days ago) link

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