2024 AOTY So Far

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Below is every album to appear on one of the following 9 sources -- what'd they miss?:
- Pitchfork Best Albums of the Year So Far list and/or 8.0+ score
- Stereogum Best Albums of the Year So Far list and/or Album of the Week
- Rolling Stone Best Albums of the Year So Far list
- The Quietus Best Albums of the Month (Jan. - May)
- AllMusic Guide's Editor's Choice list and at least 4.5 stars (Jan. - Jun.)
- NME Best Albums of the Year So Far list
- The Guardian Best Albums of the Year So Far list
- AOTY score of 85+ with at least 10 reviews (thru Jun. 25)
- Paste Best Albums of the Year So Far list

Artist - Album (Source Count)
Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood (8)
Charli xcx - Brat (7)
Mdou Moctar - Funeral for Justice (7)
Adrianne Lenker - Bright Future (6)
Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Past Is Still Alive (6)
Jessica Pratt - Here in the Pitch (6)
Kali Uchis - Orquídeas (6)
Beth Gibbons - Lives Outgrown (5)
Beyonce - Cowboy Carter (5)
Cindy Lee - Diamond Jubilee (5)
Kim Gordon - The Collective (5)
Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven (5)
Arooj Aftab - Night Reign (4)
Billie Eilish - Hit Me Hard and Soft (4)
Brittany Howard - What Now (4)
Chief Keef - Almighty So 2 (4)
Rachel Chinouriri - What a Devastating Turn of Events (4)
Still House Plants - If I Don't Make It, I love u (4)
The Smile - Wall of Eyes (4)
Tyla - Tyla (4)
Vampire Weekend - Only God Was Above Us (4)
Bill Ryder-Jones - Iechyd Da (3)
Charley Crockett - $10 Cowboy (3)
Claire Rousay - Sentiment (3)
Julia Holter - Something in the Room She Moves (3)
Rosali - Bite Down (3)
Rosie Tucker - Utopia Now! (3)
St. Vincent - All Born Screaming (3)
The Last Dinner Party - Prelude to Ecstasy (3)
Tierra Whack - World Wide Whack (3)
Vince Staples - Dark Times (3)
A.G. Cook - Britpop (2)
Amaro Freitas - Y'Y (2)
Ariana Grande - eternal sunshine (2)
Broadcast - Spell Blanket (2)
Cavalier - Different Type Time (2)
Chelsea Wolfe - She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She (2)
DJ Anderson do Paraiso - Queridao (2)
Einstürzende Neubauten - RAMPEN (apm: alien pop music) (2)
Ekko Astral - Pink Balloons (2)
English Teacher - This Could Be Texas (2)
Fabiana Palladino - Fabiana Palladino (2)
Hannah Frances - Keeper of the Shepherd (2)
Helado Negro - Phasor (2)
Jlin - Akoma (2)
Kali Malone - All Life Long (2)
Kiran Leonard - Real Home (2)
Knocked Loose - You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To (2)
Liquid Mike - Paul Bunyan's Slingshot (2)
Mary Halvorson - Cloudward (2)
Mk.gee - Two Star & The Dream (2)
Naemi - Dust Devil (2)
Nia Archives - Silence is Loud (2)
O. - WeirdOs (2)
Rafeael Toral - Spectral Evolution (2)
Schoolboy Q - Blue Lips (2)
Shabaka - Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace (2)
Sheer Mag - Playing Favorites (2)
Sprints - Letter to Self (2)
Tems - Born in the Wild (2)
This Is Lorelei - Box for Buddy, Box for Star (2)
Thou - Umbilical (2)
Verraco - Breathe...Godspeed EP (2)
Yaya Bey - Ten Fold (2)
Yunchan Lim - Chopin: Etudes (2)
1010Benja - Ten Total (1)
A. Chal - Espiritu (1)
Aaron and the Jeri Jeri Band - Dama B​ë​gga Ñibi (I Want To Go Home) (1)
Alison Cotton - Engelchen (1)
Alvaro Diaz - Sayonara (1)
Anastasia Coope - Darning Woman (1)
Andra Day - CASSANDRA (cherith) (1)
Anycia - Princess Pop That (1)
Arab Strap - I’m Totally Fine With It👍 Don’t Give A Fuck Anymore👍 (1)
Ariel Kalma / Jeremiah Chiu / Marta Sofia Honer - The Closest Thing to Silence (1)
Astrid Sonne - Great Doubt (1)
Ayra Starr - The Year I Turned 21 (1)
Babehoven - Water's Here in You (1)
Bavarian RSO/Rattle - Mahler: Symphony No 6 (1)
bbymutha - Sleep Paralysis (1)
BEAK> - >>> (1)
Ben Frost - Scope Neglect (1)
Big Special - Postindustrial Hometown Blues (1)
BIG|BRAVE - A Chaos of Flowers (1)
Bill Frisell - Orchestras (1)
Black Crowes - Happiness Bastards (1)
Black Keys - Ohio Players (1)
Bladee - Cold Visions (1)
Bolis Pupul - Letter to Yu (1)
Bring Me the Horizon - Post Human: Nex Gen (1)
Brittney Spencer - My Stupid Life (1)
Brown Wimpenny - Live Demos (1)
Camera Obscura - Look to the East, Look to the West (1)
Caroline Shaw / So Percussion - Rectangels and Circumstance (1)
Charley Crockett - $10 Cowboy (1)
Charlotte Day Wilson - Cyan Blue (1)
Chastity Belt - Live Laugh Love (1)
Christian Poltéra / Ronald Brautigam - Brahms: Cello Sonatas; Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston (1)
Couch Slut - You Could Do It Tonight (1)
Dali De Saint Paul & Maxwell Sterling - Penumbra (1)
Daniel Romano - Too Hot to Sleep (1)
David Nance - David Nance and Mowed Sound (1)
Dehd - Poetry (1)
Diiv - Frog in Boiling Water (1)
Donato Dozzy - Magda (1)
Ducks Ltd. - Harm's Way (1)
Elaine Mitchener - Solo Throat (1)
Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru - Souvenirs (1)
Empress Of - For Your Consideration (1)
Eric Chenaux Trio - Delights of My Life (1)
Erika de Cassier - Still (1)
Ex-Easter Island Head - Norther (1)
Fat White Family - Forgiveness is Yours (1)
Faye Webster - Underdressed at the Symphony (1)
Flo Milli - Fine Ho, Stay (1)
Four Tet - Three (1)
Frank Peter Zimmermann / Jakub Hrůša - Stravinsky: Violin Concerto; Bartók: Rhapsodies 1 and 2; Martinu: Suite Concertante; Méditation (1)
Fred Hersch - Silent, Listening (1)
Friko - Where We've Been, Where We Go From Here (1)
From Indian Lakes - Head Void (1)
Future & Metro Boomin - We Don't Trust You (1)
Future Islands - People Who Aren't There Anymore (1)
Gary Clark Jr. - JPEG RAW (1)
Girl in Red - I'm Doing it Again Baby! (1)
Glass Beach - Plastic Death (1)
Glitterer - Rationale (1)
Gnod - Spot Land (1)
Gouge Away - Deep Sage (1)
Grandaddy - Blu Wav (1)
Guests - I Wish I Was Special (1)
Halle/Elder - Elgar: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 (1)
Heems & Lapgan - LAFANDAR (1)
High on Fire - Cometh the Storm (1)
Hovvdy - Hovvdy (1)
How to Dress Well - I Am Toward You (1)
Idles - Tangk (1)
Infant Island - Obsidian Wreath (1)
Irakere - Grupo Irakere (1)
Jacken Elswyth - At Fargrounds (1)
James Elkington / Nathan Salsburg - All Gist (1)
Jane Weaver - Love in Constant Spectacle (1)
Jawnino - 40 (1)
Jimmy Montague - Tomorrow's Coffee (1)
John Grant - The Art of the Lie (1)
Jonathan Fournel / Howard Griffiths - Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 18 KV 456 & 21 KV 467 (1)
Jozef Van Wissem - That Night Dwells in the Day (1)
Julian Lage - Speak to Me (1)
Jürg Frey: String Quartet No. 4 - Quatuor Bozzini (1)
Kamasi Washington - Fearless Movement (1)
Katy Kirby - Blue Raspberry (1)
Kaytranada - Timeless (1)
Kings of Leon - Can We Please Have Fun (1)
Kneecap - Fine Art (1)
Laetitia Sadier - Rooting For Love (1)
Leonidas Kavakos/Yo-Yo Ma/Emanuel Ax - Beethoven for Three (1)
Les Amazones d'Afrique - Musow Danse (1)
Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset - Louise Bertin: Fausto (1)
Lola Young - This Wasn't Meant for You Anyway (1)
Louise Alder / Tim Mead / Jonathan Cohen / Arcangelo - Handel: Theodora, HWV 60 (1)
Madi Diaz - Weird Faith (1)
Maggie Rogers - Don't Forget Me (1)
Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive (1)
Mahti - Musiikki 3 (1)
Marcus King - Mood Swings (1)
MGMT - Loss of Life (1)
Microwave - Let's Start Degeneracy (1)
MIKE & Tony Seltzer - Pinball (1)
Milkweed - Folklore 1979 (1)
Mohammad Syfkhan - I Am Kurdish (1)
Moor Mother - The Great Bailout (1)
Myriam Gendron - Mayday (1)
Nadine Shah - Filthy Underneath (1)
Nduduzo Makhathini - uNomkhubulwane (1)
NewDad - Madra (1)
Omni - Souvenir (1)
Oolong - Oolong (1)
Pearl Jam - Dark Matter (1)
Peggy Gou - I Hear You (1)
Perc - The Cut Off (1)
Persher - Sleep Well (1)
Philip Glass - Philip Glass Solo (1)
Pissed Jeans - Half Divorced (1)
Pouty - Forgot About Me (1)
Prize Horse - Under Sound (1)
Pyur - Lucid Anarchy (1)
Queen of Jeans - All Again (1)
RaiNao - Capicu (1)
Real Estate - Daniel (1)
RM - Right Place, Wrong Person (1)
Roc Marciano - Marciology (1)
Sandrine Piau / Jean-François Verdier - Reflet (1)
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Revelations (1)
Saramaccan Sound - Where The River Bends Is Only The Beginning
(1)
Sean Shibe - Profesion (1)
Sexyy Red - In Sexyy We Trust (1)
Shaboozey - Where I've Been, Isn't Where I'm Going (1)
Shakira - Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran (1)
Shellac - To All Trains (1)
Sisso & Maiko - Singeli Ya Maajabu (1)
Sleater-Kinney - Little Rope (1)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of the Last Human Being (1)
Slow Hollows - Bullhead (1)
Soft Kill - Escape Forever (1)
Squarepusher - Dostrotime (1)
STRFKR - Parallel Realms (1)
Sum 41 - Heaven :x: Hell (1)
Sumac - The Healer (1)
Sy Smith - Until We Meet Again (1)
Taylor Swift - The Tortured Poet's Department (1)
Terminal Nation - Echoes of the Devil's Den (1)
That Mexican OT - Texas Technician (1)
The Chisel - What a Fucking Nightmare (1)
The Fauns - How Lost (1)
The Lemon Twigs - A Dream is All We Know (1)
The Marias - Submarine (1)
The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis - The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis (1)
The Mountain Movers - Walking After Dark (1)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Challengers Original Score (1)
Trinity College Choir, Cambridge / Stephen Layton
- Duruflé: Requiem; Poulenc: Lenten Motets (1)
tripleS - ASSEMBLE24 (1)
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - Nell' Ora Blu (1)
Usher - Coming Home (1)
Vanishing - Shelter of the Opaque (1)
Various Artists - Ulyap Songs: Beyond Circassian Tradition (1)
Vegyn - The Road to Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions (1)
Vida Miknevičiūtė / Gidon Kremer / Kremerata Baltica - Songs of Fate (1)
Vijay Iyer / Linda May Han Oh / Tyshawn Sorey - Compassion (1)
Wadada Leo Smith and Amina Claudine Myers - Central Park’s Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens (1)
Willi Carlisle - Critterland (1)
William Doyle - Springs Eternal (1)
Wu Lu - Learning to Swim on Empty (1)
Xaviersobased - Keep It Going Xav (1)
Yard Act - Where's My Utopia? (1)
Young Miko - Att. (1)

Indexed, Tuesday, 25 June 2024 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

None of the above. The correct answer is Judas Priest - Invincible Shield.

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

was planning on starting a thread like this in july. my top 3 is

gouge away
tems
beth gibbons

ivy., Tuesday, 25 June 2024 20:36 (two weeks ago) link

Here are some of my favorites of the year so far:

Scotch Rolex, Shackleton & Omutaba - The Three Hands of Doom (Nyege Nyege)
Donato Dozzy - Magda
Charles Lloyd - The Sky Wil Still Be There Tomorrow (Moran/Grenadier/Blade)
Julian Lage - Speak to Me
Binkbeats - OHM
Howie Lee - At the Drolma Wesel-Ling Monastery
Oren Ambarchi/Johan Berthling/Andreas Werliin - Ghosted II
Charli XCX - BRAT
Tara Jane O’Neil - The Cool Cloud of Okayness
Molly Miller Trio - The Ballad of Hotspur
Johannes Enders/Renato Chicco/Jorge Rossy - Micro Organisms
Taylor Deupree - sti.ll

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 20:42 (two weeks ago) link

haven’t seen anyone mention unusual object by josh johnson, which is too bad

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 20:51 (two weeks ago) link

I think that's a very good album, but I'm already getting a little sick of sax players diving into post-Sam Gendel fx + beats, and I think the Gendel records are a bit more idiosyncratic. Not to say he owns it though, there was an EP by a saxophonist under the name Bossada this year that's excellent.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 21:07 (two weeks ago) link

This year is so much better than last year already. My shortlist of the best of the best:

Beth Gibbons - Lives Outgrown
Arushi Jain - Delight
Julia Holter - Something In the Room She Moves
Jlin - Akoma
Naemi - Dust Devil

Digging a lot of other records too, but these 5 have kinda stood above the rest. Haven't heard the new Arooj Aftab yet.

octobeard, Tuesday, 25 June 2024 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

already tired of brat supremacy. don’t care for brats unless we’re talking about bratz the movie

ivy., Tuesday, 25 June 2024 21:19 (two weeks ago) link

bratwurst are good too

paisley got boring (Eazy), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

somesurprises - Perseids

alpine static, Tuesday, 25 June 2024 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

The Jlin and Arushi Jain records are very good (though I think I liked Jain's last album better — this one is more pop song-y, and I'm kind of allergic to pop songs). The new NikNak album is also excellent.

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 21:23 (two weeks ago) link

1) Vampire Weekend - Only God Was Above Us
2) Joseph Shabason & Ben Gunning - Ample Habitat
3) GB - Gusse Music
4) Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes - The Doober
5) Amen Dunes - Death Jokes
6) Rob Clutton Trio - Asterballoo 23
7) Heresiarch - Edifice
8) AHMED - Giant Beauty
9) Rafael Toral - Spectral Evolution
10) Eric Chenaux - Delights Of My Life
11) Benoit Delbecq, Etienne Renard, Guilhem Flouzat - Triple Fever
12) Tapir! - The Pilgrim, Their God and The King Of My Decrepit Mountain
13) Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet - Four Guitars Live
14) Holmström / Jansson / Osgood + Ström - Easy To Remember
15) Jack Sheen - Croon Harvest

River Through Howling Ska (Craig D.), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:39 (two weeks ago) link

top 5 something like Bbymutha, La Luz, Liv.e, Gordon, Holter

willips brighton the quorners (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:42 (two weeks ago) link

tapir album was really nice, yes

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:44 (two weeks ago) link

so far it is this one for me:

https://www.discogs.com/release/29782582-Various-Palestine-Solidarity-Compilation

plus short "albums" by The Gobs and Busted Head Racket

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

Kim Gordon and Shellac are also solid, Broadcast is a reissue so doesn't count for me

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 22:53 (two weeks ago) link

In a very rough order here are my favourites so far:

Jessica Pratt - Here in the Pitch
Tyla - s/t
Raveena - Where the Butterflies Go in the Rain
yaya bey - ten fold
Elyanna - WOLEDTO
Phoebe Go - Marmalade
Fabiana Palladino - s/t
Tems - Born In The Wild
Charli XCX - Brat
Normani - Dopamine
Alex Anwandter - Dime Precioso
Kali Uchis - Orquídeas
Empress Of - For Your Consideration
Zsela - Big For You
Erika de Casier - Still
L'Impératrice - Pulsar

Looking forward to hearing releases from Cassandra Jenkins, Ravyn Lenae, Tinashe, Salute, Nilüfer Yanya and Confidence Man in the second half of the year.

monotony, Tuesday, 25 June 2024 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

off the top of my head, the most recent albums by...

dina ögon
tems
julia holter
cindy lee

...are all fairly noteworthy.

interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 23:35 (two weeks ago) link

can't believe the year is almost half over

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 25 June 2024 23:37 (two weeks ago) link

Faves so far

Gumshoes - Cacophony
Kim Gordon - The Collective
Helado Negro - Phasor
High Llamas - Hey Panda
Itasca - Imitation of War
Vampire Weekend - Only God was above us
Armand Hammer - WHT LBL
Nourished By Time - Catching Chickens ep
Lao - Chapultepec 
The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis - s/t
The Reds Pinks and Purples - Unwishing Well
Cindy Lee - Diamond Jubilee
The Lemon Twigs - A Dream is All We Know
Sisso & Maiko - Singeli ya maajabu
Jane Weaver - Love in Constant Spectacle
Donato Dozzy - Magda
Julia Holter - Something in the room she moves
Dua Lipa - Radical Optimism
English Teacher - This Could Be Texas
Greg Foat & Gigi Masin - The Fish Factory Sessions

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 00:33 (two weeks ago) link

add nourished by time to my list.

interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 02:36 (two weeks ago) link

everything I've awarded 9 or 10 to (top three 10):

April 1830 - The Adventures Of Space Pig*
Clarissa Connelly - World Of Work
Joanna Wang - Hotel la Rut
Hoplites - Paramainomeni
Kraanerg - Heart Of A Cherry Pit Sun*
VR SEX - Hard Copy
Sisso & Maiko - Singeli Ya Maajabu
Black Dresses - Laughingfish
Angelwings Marmalade - Kill Me In My Man Cave
Dos Monos - Dos Atomos
Logan Posthumous - SOS*

*by PALS OF MINE but entirely deserving of inclusion

was sorely tempted to include my latest EP in this but that'd be an unclassy look, yo

imago, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 09:30 (two weeks ago) link

Some faves of mine not mentioned above:

Awen Ensemble / Cadair Idris - Welsh folk/jazz, Fender Rhodes and flugel horns
Sean Khan Presents The Modern Jazz & Folk ensemble - similar vibe to the above, jazz versions of Nick Drake, John Martyn, Pentangle etc.
Bryony Jarmon-Pinot / Below Dawn - prod. by the Nostalgia 77 guy.

Oh, and Oisin Leech / Cold Sea

fetter, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 10:38 (two weeks ago) link

A few others...

Ulcerate - Cutting the Throat of God
Actress - Statik
Harry Gorski-Brown - Durt Dronemaker After Dreamboats
Lake Mary & pinyonpine - It's Okay, You Can Open Your Eyes Now

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:08 (two weeks ago) link

Oh I can definitely second a couple of those^

imago, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

the ulcerate is so good. metal release of the year so far for me is inter arma

ivy., Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:11 (two weeks ago) link

Not to discourage lists (I started it) but I'd welcome any descriptors or RIYLs on some of the lesser known stuff. Or, if anyone wants to make a quick Spotify sampler of their favs so far this year, I'd be interested.

Indexed, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:27 (two weeks ago) link

Gumshoes - Cacophony
Like Ben Folds meets Microdisney. A chamber pop album about a failed reunion tour of an old punk rock band. Some lad from Birmingham made the whole thing in his bedroom

Itasca - Imitations of War
RIYL of you like Joni Mitchell and lots of pretty psychy guitar on this too. Lovely album, maybe my most listened to of the year

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:55 (two weeks ago) link

was sorely tempted to include my latest EP in this but that'd be an unclassy look, yo

― imago

Ah, come on, do it.

emil.y, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

that Itasca record is so great, wish it got more attention

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

Is music less interesting than it’s ever been or am I just less interested than I’ve ever been? I usually only find like two or three new albums I’m really into each year now it feels like and I haven’t found a single 2024 album I’m into yet…I can’t even find one that interests me enough to check out at the moment which feels like a new level. What happened to psych/drone/free folk/weirdo music? Jazz seems to be either boringly academic or mining the spiritual jazz territory, the latter of which usually feels inauthentic to me these days. As I type this out I’m guessing this is more of a ‘me’ problem.

Slim is an Alien, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:02 (two weeks ago) link

What happened to psych/drone/free folk/weirdo music

may I recommend Baldruin? nothing new in 2024 yet I don't think, but lots of cool recent material

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:08 (two weeks ago) link

You also might like O.
https://www.stereogum.com/2268381/o-weirdos/reviews/album-of-the-week/

Indexed, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:13 (two weeks ago) link

Jazz seems to be either boringly academic or mining the spiritual jazz territory

The Molly Miller and Julian Lage records I posted upthread definitely don't fall into either of these categories imo (guitar records with a sense of humor and folk elements). Lots of great electronic music too.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:15 (two weeks ago) link

xxpost or Water Damage: https://waterdamage12xu.bandcamp.com/album/in-e

(more heavy psych/drone than free folk but definitely weirdo)

alpine static, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

What happened to psych/drone/free folk/weirdo music? Jazz seems to be either boringly academic or mining the spiritual jazz territory, the latter of which usually feels inauthentic to me these days.

The middle ground between these two areas is the Beings album There Is A Garden. You might like it.

https://beingsnyc.bandcamp.com/album/there-is-a-garden

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 15:40 (two weeks ago) link

water damage album is incredible

their release '2 songs' from 2023 is worth a listen too

nxd, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 16:10 (two weeks ago) link

Not to discourage lists (I started it) but I'd welcome any descriptors or RIYLs on some of the lesser known stuff. Or, if anyone wants to make a quick Spotify sampler of their favs so far this year, I'd be interested.

― Indexed, Wednesday, June 26, 2024 7:27 AM

here's my running mixtape. some very obvious picks. i rep for all albums the songs come from. it's going to be in flux/tabulating for the remainder of the year.

interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

Reyna Tropical album “Malegria “

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/reyna-tropical-malegria/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

Reyna Tropical have a song on Austin’s running mix

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

high on fire - cometh the storm
heresiarch - edifice
vitriol - suffer & become

he/him hoo-hah (map), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 21:04 (two weeks ago) link

Some of my favourite albums from this year that people might not have heard or heard of (based on no or minimal ILM mentions):

Adeem The Artist - Anniversary: The general sales-pitch for this is "queer country artist makes mainstream country album", and on a tune like "One Night Stand" it's hard to overlook that framing, but really it's just beautiful-sounding mainstream country that looks great in any frame.

Adult Jazz - So Sorry, So Slow: See my thread on them. I described them there as Owen Pallett meets Vulnicura and I'm standing by that.

Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chu & Marta Sofia Honer - The Closest Thing To Silence: not particularly close to silence at all actually; this is my favourite 2024 album in the whole in-vogue spiritual jazz / ambient / minimalist interzone, in part because it's not afraid to go full Vangelis.

Church Chords - elvis, he was Schlager: Started a thread on this the other day; voluptuously thick, driving and rhythmic jazz-bleeding-into-krautrock-bleeding-into-dance-music, like The Necks' Chemist but with more of a vocal/crossover/we-can-do-any-genre sensibility.

Delay Grounds - Digital Spiritual: if Wordcolour manages to put out an album this year it'll probably be the over-produced maximalist kitchen sink techno album we both need and deserve, but in the meantime this is a very good substitute.

Douglas Dare - Omni: dark, dramatic and lush synthetic art-pop with a surprisingly sturdy rhythmic undercurrent, kinda Patrick Wolf vibes?

Halo Maud - Celebrate: impeccably produced and consistently surprising ecumenical French pop-rock: Spotify says "displaying the influence of artists such as Bjork, Blond Redhead and Broadcast" which is... about right actually, though a more concise reference point might be Wye Oak's The Louder I Call The Faster It Runs.

Howie Lee - At the Drolma Wesel-Ling Monastery: what if Deep Forest, but the Forest is dark and full of terrors.

Ibaaku - Joola Jazz: world music as banging techno, banging techno as world music; also occupies the exact middle-ground between the albums immediately above and below.

Imperieux - Losers Queue: Wonky, percussive breakbeat-techno that imagines a Venn Diagram of DJ Koze, Pepe Bradock and the kind of oddball big beat that Bolshi Records were putting out in the late 90s.

Jasmine Myra - Rising: my other favourite spiritual hat jazz album of the year.

Lavurn - Lavurn: murky, whispery R&B collages which start off seeming a bit so-far-so-early-Weekend (though Velvet Negroni would be a closer point of comparison) but grow increasingly lush and layered and all-enveloping and ultimately intoxicating - real lost soundworld stuff. Apparently Lavurn is deeply obsessed with Tim & Bob productions? But more Bobby Valentino than Boys II Men.

L.B. Dub Corp - Saturn To Home: Started a thread on this one as well. Just really excellent and dense 1990-coded house and techno from Luke Slater.

Lost Souls of Saturn - Reality: portentous, verging on pompous jazz-techno doubling as a kind of War of the Worlds soundtrack. Like if the Moritz von Oswald Trio decided to record a tribute to Pink Floyd.

Mong Tong - 銘 Epigraphy: Dense percussion workouts from the outer edges of the galaxy. Pete Baran says "Orbital with the melodies removed", and I guess you could also say "Can with the songs removed" - but either description would imply this is somehow reduced music, when in fact it's always teeming with sound to the point of collapsing in on itself.

Nadine Shah - Filthy Underneath: Nadine doesn't really dramatically switch up her sonorous and somewhat spasmodic post-punk sound from album to album, but why would you?

Rachel Chinouriri - What A Devasating Turn of Events: Just really sweet, winsome, endearing indie-pop, I guess along the lines of Beabadoobee? If that sounds like your bag maybe start with "Never Need Me" and venture outwards from there.

ShineTTW - The Chosen One: I would say that this is my favourite naija album of 2024 so far, but that would imply an unwarranted level of authority on the subject. However it is tremendously good, managing to sound both hooky and stirring at every turn.

WILLOW - empathogen: Unexpectedly knotty math-pop vibes, but WILLOW knows how to keep it R&B (albeit R&B that sounds like it's been listening to Veda Hille), soulful and moving.

Tim F, Thursday, 27 June 2024 01:15 (two weeks ago) link

The Rosali album is my favorite of the year so far.

o. nate, Thursday, 27 June 2024 02:34 (two weeks ago) link

big co-sign on the kalma, chu, and honer album

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 June 2024 02:41 (two weeks ago) link

also the howie lee album, what a unique collection of sounds

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 June 2024 02:43 (two weeks ago) link

In the discoveries from this thread so far, I really appreciated the Donato Dozzy which sits on a nice edge between repetition and subtle variation: a really comfortable home listening album in a techno envelope.
The second one is the Rosali. I don't listen to Adrienne Lenker / Big Thief, I don't feel the need, this seems close but more closely hits my spot - I assume because of the vocalist, and because it's so numbingly slow and soft and fuzzy.

Nabozo, Thursday, 27 June 2024 12:34 (two weeks ago) link

One from me: Skee Mask - Resort. Blends techno and ambient -- I've seen references to Boards of Canada, but to my ears, his stuff always sounds uniquely him and is some of the most exciting electronic music I encounter.
https://iliantape.bandcamp.com/album/itlp19-resort

Indexed, Thursday, 27 June 2024 15:09 (two weeks ago) link

i'm looking forward to hearing that lb dub corp album when i need a techno fix, luke slater is an amazing artist

he/him hoo-hah (map), Thursday, 27 June 2024 15:11 (two weeks ago) link

No one has mentioned it yet but I really liked the Mk.gee album. Probably the one I have listened to the most this year so far.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 27 June 2024 21:02 (two weeks ago) link

It’s not a 5 star album (maybe not even a 4 star album) but really like the overall palette he’s using and how it all comes together. “Alesis” is one of my favorite songs of the year too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 27 June 2024 21:07 (two weeks ago) link

my list so far...

Coltre, To Watch With Hands...To Touch With Eyes
Inter Arma, New Heaven
The Fauns, How Lost
Daida, La Traversée
Kaito, Where Time Rewinds
Lightning Bug, No Paradise
Full of Hell, Coagulated Bliss
Psychic Graveyard, Wilting
Exist, Hijacking the Zeitgeist
Ulcerate, Cutting the Throat of God
Crypt Sermon, The Stygian Rose

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 27 June 2024 21:23 (two weeks ago) link

If you’re into stuff that sounds like lofi/droney era James Ferraro:

https://businesscasual87.bandcamp.com/album/biometric-prophet-index

brimstead, Friday, 28 June 2024 01:42 (two weeks ago) link

Ferraro / Spencer Clark / skaters

brimstead, Friday, 28 June 2024 01:42 (two weeks ago) link

It sounds like them, it isn’t actually them though. I’m bad at posting

brimstead, Friday, 28 June 2024 01:43 (two weeks ago) link

shit, that's something I will check out post-haste, that era of Ferraro was very my thing

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 28 June 2024 02:36 (two weeks ago) link

same here

beard papa, Friday, 28 June 2024 02:57 (two weeks ago) link

That second song on Cacophony is so good. Thanks for the rec. I don't think I need a whole album of these tracks, but tracks 1-2 are well worth the listen

H.P, Saturday, 29 June 2024 10:47 (one week ago) link

finally sitting at my computer so here's a more complete top-20-so-far

gouge away deep sage
beth gibbons lives outgrown
tems born in the wild
glass beach plastic death
willow empathogen
chief keef almighty so 2
taylor swift the tortured poets department
twenty one pilots clancy
john cale pop illusion
inter arma new heaven
actress statik
bring me the horizon post human: nex gen
dua lipa radical optimism
tara jane o’neil the cool cloud of okayness
zazen boys rando
trent reznor and atticus ross challengers
naemi dust devil
arooj aftab night reign
billie eilish hit me hard and soft
four tet three

ivy., Saturday, 29 June 2024 13:38 (one week ago) link

The Fauns, How Lost

Oh my, this is great.

jmm, Saturday, 29 June 2024 13:42 (one week ago) link

damn that faun record is gonna take over my life

ivy., Saturday, 29 June 2024 15:07 (one week ago) link

fauns*

ivy., Saturday, 29 June 2024 15:07 (one week ago) link

right??? and I added it to my playlist almost by accident, like I don't remember how it came to my attention but I added a track to a running playlist just for the hell of it and then had no idea who it was while I was running, and I was like, fuck, this is really good! and the whole album's that good!

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 29 June 2024 16:35 (one week ago) link

listening to Fauns now and yeah this is candy. I have a few friends who are gonna like this.

beard papa, Saturday, 29 June 2024 16:38 (one week ago) link

Redd Kross - Redd Kross.

Toshirō Nofune (The Seventh ILXorai), Saturday, 29 June 2024 21:42 (one week ago) link

Forgot to mention the How to Dress Well album, feel like that's super underrated and a lot of folks would like it

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Sunday, 30 June 2024 03:26 (one week ago) link

bring me the horizon post human: nex gen

this is very much not usually my thing but I heard one of their tracks and thought it was really endearing

Indexed, Monday, 1 July 2024 16:42 (one week ago) link

here's my running mixtape. some very obvious picks. i rep for all albums the songs come from. it's going to be in flux/tabulating for the remainder of the year.

― interstellar anthropologist+music philosopher, (Austin)

cool picks in here! immediatly loved the MS RAY and Florence Adooni songs.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 2 July 2024 15:23 (one week ago) link

I'm publishing my list of the 50 best albums of the year so far in tomorrow's Burning Ambulance newsletter. Here's the list, minus the copy:

[Ahmed], Giant Beauty (Fönstret)
Attic, Return of the Witchfinder (Ván)
Black Art Jazz Collective, Truth To Power (Savant)
Chapel of Disease, Echoes of Light (Ván)
Coffins, Sinister Oath (20 Buck Spin)
Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few, The Almighty (Division 81)
Alice Coltrane, The Carnegie Hall Concert (Impulse)
Deicide, Banished By Sin (Reigning Phoenix)
Dave Douglas, Gifts (Greenleaf Music)
Final, What We Don’t See (Room40)
Bill Frisell, Orchestras (Blue Note)
Milford Graves/William Parker/Charles Gayle, WEBO (Black Editions Archive)
Rosanna Gunnarson/Karin Johansson, I grunda vikar är bottnarna mjuka (Outerdisk)
Mary Halvorson, Cloudward (Nonesuch)
High On Fire, Cometh The Storm (MNRK)
Iron Curtain, Savage Dawn (Dying Victims Productions)
Ethan Iverson, Technically Acceptable (Blue Note)
Vijay Iyer, Compassion (ECM)
Atsushi Izumi, Schismogenesis (Ohm Resistance)
Jlin, Akoma (Planet Mu)
Judas Priest, Invincible Shield (Sony)
Cassie Kinoshi’s Seed, Gratitude (International Anthem)
Jake Long, City Swamp (New Soil)
Lord Spikeheart, The Adept (HAEKALU)
Nduduzo Makhathini, uNomkhubulwane (Blue Note)
Malignancy, Discontinued (Willowtip)
Charles McPherson, Reverence (Smoke Sessions)
Mean Mistreater, Razor Wire (self-released)
Ron Miles, Old Main Chapel (Blue Note)
Moor Mother, The Great Bailout (Anti-)
Necrot, Lifeless Birth (Tankcrimes)
NikNak, Ireti (Accidental)
Tomeka Reid Quartet, 3+3 (Cuneiform)
Replicant, Infinite Mortality (Transcending Obscurity)
Brandon Ross Phantom Station, Off The End (Sunnyside)
Marta Sánchez Trio, Perpetual Void (Intakt)
Shabaka, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace (Impulse)
Matthew Shipp, New Concepts In Piano Trio Jazz (ESP-Disk)
Tom Skinner, Voices Of Bishara Live At “Mu” (International Anthem)
Slift, Ilion (Sub Pop)
Wadada Leo Smith & Amina Claudine Myers, Central Park’s Mosaics of Reservoir, Lake, Paths and Gardens (Red Hook)
Sonic Youth, Walls Have Ears (reissue) (Goofin’)
Sunbomb, Light Up The Sky (Frontiers)
Mazz Swift, The 10000 Things: Praise Songs For The iRiligious (New Amsterdam)
Tarbaby, You Think This America (Giant Step Arts)
Cecil Taylor, Cecil Taylor Unit, Live At Fat Tuesdays, February 9, 1980 First Visit (Hat Hut)
Ulcerate, Cutting The Throat Of God (Debemur Morti Productions)
Lisa Ullén, Heirloom (Fönstret)
Vitriol, Suffer & Become (Century Media)
Kamasi Washington, Fearless Movement (Young)

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Tuesday, 2 July 2024 16:18 (one week ago) link

liquid mike

ciderpress, Wednesday, 3 July 2024 18:21 (one week ago) link

also Mui Zyu - Nothing or Something to Die For
and the I Saw the TV Glow soundtrack, with best-ever songs by Frances Quinlan and Caroline Polachek and probably quite a few others

willips brighton the quorners (geoffreyess), Thursday, 4 July 2024 20:02 (one week ago) link

liquid mike

― ciderpress, Wednesday, July 3, 2024 11:21 AM

alpine static, Saturday, 6 July 2024 04:54 (six days ago) link

kiran leonard - real home
...because i produced it...!
but the (tragically) last shellac album is way tight.

maelin, Saturday, 6 July 2024 22:23 (six days ago) link

Nice!

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Saturday, 6 July 2024 22:30 (six days ago) link

album i love that is not mentioned itt yet

d'Eon - leviathan

flopson, Sunday, 7 July 2024 00:46 (five days ago) link

You produced Real Home? Awesome!! It's really good!

imago, Sunday, 7 July 2024 07:03 (five days ago) link

well, kiran recorded it all in the house. we lived together in peckham for a year and mixed it there. i did his last one, too, 'trespass on foot', which has some most excellent songwriting!

maelin, Sunday, 7 July 2024 12:34 (five days ago) link

oh mate. Sights Past is probably my favourite post-rock song of all time at this point. any insight into how that one in particular was summoned would be gladly received! he's still in Nunhead isn't he, that's p much down the road. one day I'll bump into him

imago, Sunday, 7 July 2024 12:40 (five days ago) link

just a lot of guitar tracks slammed through compressors iirc. idk anything about the arrangement really sorry! he's in ldn yes. his new group 'search engine quartet' will play again soon, you should go chat

maelin, Sunday, 7 July 2024 12:54 (five days ago) link

Mdou Moctar excepted, the only dude in the top 15 of Indexed's cumulated ranking is Cindy.

punning display, Sunday, 7 July 2024 13:39 (five days ago) link

That's an interesting observation, though, if you're going to go down to 15, you ought to count all the "4"s as this isn't a proper ranking. This isn't anomalous to the recent past, however. Top 5 albums of each of the last 5 years from Rob Mitchum's EOY spreadsheets below, male vocalists/frontmen bolded.

2023
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
boygenius - the record
Mitski - The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We
Wednesday - Rat Saw God

2022
Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Beyoncé - RENAISSANCE
Wet Leg - Wet Leg
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention

2021
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The LSO - Promises
Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

2020
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind

2019
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Indexed, Monday, 8 July 2024 15:15 (four days ago) link

the last waxahatchee song i heard was so boring

dyl, Monday, 8 July 2024 16:37 (four days ago) link

some albums I havent seen mentioned

syclops - black eye
nicola cruz - data passanger ep
chicken p - bussabrick vol 3
elkka - prism of pleasure (hat tip tim finney)
lazer dim - injoy

xheugy eddy (D-40), Monday, 8 July 2024 21:42 (four days ago) link

chicken p and syclops are great ya

flopson, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 03:17 (three days ago) link

Arooj Aftab
Nadine Shah
Beth Gibbons
Four Tet
St. Vincent
Shabaka
The Smile

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 05:24 (three days ago) link

A pop-leaning list of my current ten.

Blue Hawaii - Diamond Shovel. Obsessed with this, not a skip.
Becky Hill - Believe Me Now. Incredible voice, hooks for days.
Shy Girl - Club Shy EP. No skips.
Charli XCX - BRAT. Admittedly am tired of the narrative at this point but the production is still ace. 360 is an incredible opener.
Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood. Classic.
Burial - Dreamfear / Boy Sent From Above EP. F*cked up.
Innellea - The Belonging. Had a great set at Coachella.
Bronze Avery - Heatwave.
Neck Deep - Neck Deep. What the hell why not. Solid effort.
Cloud Nothings - Final Summer. I just like these guys.

Honorable mention for Peggy Gou - I Hear You. A few tracks I could do without but I've got the standouts on repeat.

mox twelve, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 23:00 (three days ago) link

Albums/eps that I like a lot and feel are being underrated everywhere:

Al Wotton - River Songs EP
Amery - Continue as Amery
B. Visible - Miss You EP
Fine - Rocky Top Ballads
Karun - À Nu EP
Mk.gee - Two Star and the Dream Police
Night Tapes - Assisted Memories EP
Nourished by Time - Catching Chickens EP
T3AL - Bluish Green EP
Tems - Born in the Wild
Unessential Oils - s/t

Also expect these artists to deliver the goods judging on the singles released so far:

Boo
Georgie & Joe
Magdalena Bay
Ms Ray
Okay Kaya

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 04:27 (two days ago) link

My faves so far:

The Amazing
Chanel Beads
Anastasia Coope
TJ Douglas
Ducks Ltd.
English Teacher
Future/Metro Boomin
Kim Gordon
Hurray for the Riff Raff (AOTY)
Infant Island
Joyer
Kim Krans
Lucki
Kenny Mason
Punchlove
Sixteen Feet of Snow
Soft Kill
This Is Lorelei
Hana Vu
Devon Welsh
Yeat
Yung Lean/Bladee

Skrot Montague, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 16:00 (two days ago) link

No mention of Mary Timony - Unleash the Tiger? Maybe not AOTY but a good one. And it's Mary Freakin' Timony.

punning display, Thursday, 11 July 2024 19:15 (yesterday) link

this releases physically on August 30, and was amazing on first listen

https://coldspring.bandcamp.com/album/broken-allures

"Broken Allures
by Jac Berrocal + David Fenech + Vincent Epplay feat Cosey Fanni Tutti and Jah Wobble"

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 11 July 2024 19:19 (yesterday) link

The Amazing

oh damn, didn't realize they had a new one this year! thanks!

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 July 2024 19:36 (yesterday) link

The Amazing are amazing, so underrated.

Skrot Montague, Thursday, 11 July 2024 22:16 (yesterday) link


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