Amidst the neverending whirlwind of , it was tempting to crawl into a cocoon of nostalgic favorites and never come out. But the best albums of proved that incredible new music will always make their way to our ears, even in the toughest of times. All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, however, Pitchfork may earn an affiliate commission. In turn, each twinkling note relays the bittersweet tranquility of memories gone by. While the Korean-American producer Yaeji has anchored her previous work in strobe-lit beats and floor-shaking bass, her first full-length mixtape captures the anxious, aching throb of the morning after a night out. What We Drew burbles between frenetic drum patterns and hip-hop cadences, glossy electro beats and sinister synths. Within these entrancing soundscapes, stray ruminations float to the surface. Cut off from her usual muses—her crew and the club—Charli XCX needed a different kind of community space to inspire her this year.
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Destroyer – Have We Met
Metascore: User Score: tbd. The second full-length release for the Canadian quartet was self-produced and mixed by Graham Walsh.
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Our countdown is complete, topped by a mercurial work of sprawling invention by a woman who has dug deep to survive. Taken as a whole, these choices contain drama, solace, poetry and fire, a fitting selection for a turbulent year. Fri 18 Dec This list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics — each critic votes for their top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing, and those points tallied to create this order. Rapper Daveed Diggs is best known for playing Jefferson and Lafayette in Hamilton , surveying the violent chaos at the outset of the US — here, he seems to survey the same thing at its end. BBT Read the full review. Like Beabadoobee, Clairo and other recent breakthroughs, Soccer Mommy actually makes full-bodied, melodically strong indie rock — at times you can draw lines towards Real Estate or Deerhunter, but the drowsy yet determined vocals are inimitably hers.
All dates are for U. Release dates are subject to change, and often do. These albums do not yet have a firm release date, but are in various stages of development. If an artist appears multiple times, that means multiple albums by that artist are forthcoming. Essential Links.