2020 is nearly halfway through! Somehow. So far this year has seen many a great project released, here are my favourite so far (in alphabetical order.)
The 1975 – Notes on A Conditional Form
The 1975’s 4th album proved to be their most creative, eccentric and brilliant yet. Full review here.
The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do
Indie upstarts The Big Moon expand on their debut’s sound with ‘Walking Like We Do’ – a shimmering collection of great melodies and harmonies.
Blossoms – Foolish Loving Spaces
Blossoms continue their run of releasing great indie pop records, this time with cleaner production and better songwriting than before, with ‘Your Girlfriend’ and ‘If You Think This Is Real Life’ being highlights.
Car Seat Headrest – Making A Door Less Open
‘Making A Door Less Open’ show that Will Toledo and co still have what it takes after continuously pumping out projects for the past decade or so, with ‘Martin’ being a real standout banger of a track.
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Making the album in just over a month starting in March this year, Charli made a futuristic pop album that perfectly encapsulates quarantine life.
Code Orange – Underneath
Code Orange came out with one of the best produced, most interesting metal albums in recent memory with ‘Underneath’.
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
‘Future Nostalgia’ is a title that perfectly sums up Dua’s second album; a a record full of timeless sounding disco inspired pop tunes that deservedly have flung her to a new level of success.
Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters
For an artist to put out such a deep, personal album without it sounding too self-indulgent or over the top is no small feat, but Fiona made it sound effortless on ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’.
Hamilton Leithauser – The Loves of Your Life
Hamilton’s ‘The Loves Of Your Life’ is a lovely collection of tracks that highlight what he does best; write brilliant songs.
Halsey – Manic
Halsey’s third effort proves her to be a real creative force in pop; a real cohesive, brilliantly produced album.
Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor
‘Petals for Armor’ is a superb debut solo effort from Paramore’s Hayley Williams; really showing off her versatility as a songwriter and performer.
Mac Miller – Circles
‘Circles’ is Mac’s best, most consistent project; resoundingly personal and open while also being constantly relatable, with each song being a small dive into his mind.
Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats
00’s indie stalwarts Mystery Jets came through with their best album yet with ‘A Billion Heartbeats’, a gutsy indie rock record that puts them up their with the best.
The Orielles – Disco Volador
‘Disco Volador’ sees The Orielles develop their sound into a much cleaner, sharper band than on their debut; but retain all their charm and songwriting quality that gained them initial attention. A brilliant, groove-filled album.
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Rina Sawayama follows up her brilliant self-titled EP with a debut album full of pristine hyper-pop. 90’s influences are abundant but each track is clearly full of Rina’s personality and are overtly original.
Sotomayor – Origenes
‘Origenes’ is a brilliant latinx dance-pop album from rising duo Sotomayor. Super sharp production and costant catchy grooves and melodies make this one of the year’s best.
The Strokes – The New Abnormal
Indie rock legends The Strokes came through with their best album in a long time with the new-wave inspired ‘The New Abnormal’.
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Following up an album like ‘Currents’ was never going to be easy, but Kevin Parker pulled poppier on ‘The Slow Rush’ and produced another great batch of tracks.
The Weeknd – After Hours
The Weeknd continues to be one of the most consistent hit-makers around, with ‘After Hours’ being a simply great dark synth-pop album.
Yves Tumour – Heaven To A Tortured Mind
‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’ is one of the most interesting albums of 2020, it being full of twisted soulful pop.