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Album artwork of 'Daddy’s Home' by St. Vincent

Daddy’s Home St. Vincent

Annie Clark wrangles a myriad of vintage sounds and gives them a stunning contemporary sheen, but it is in service of a world unquestionably her own. David Bowie and Mia Wallace had a sweet baby girl and abandoned her in South Queens.

Album artwork of 'Bright Green Field' by Squid

Bright Green Field Squid

Squid take characteristics from krautrock, dub, funk, and jazz to form a sound that is remarkably coherent and wholly distinct. It’s chaotic, but it works.

Album artwork of 'Fortitude' by Gojira

Fortitude Gojira

All the great metal albums contain at least a small portion of cheese. Fortitude is similar to a mild cheddar. Versatile, resilient and, sometimes, unbeatable.

Album artwork of 'Never the Right Time' by Andy Stott

Never the Right Time Andy Stott

Where others might layer up to obscene degrees, Stott has a knack for finding beauty in minuscule details. It’s practically ambient music for club-goers.

Album artwork of '1' by Drongo

1 Drongo

The record takes listeners on a spectacular musical safari, zipping between genres without ever feeling the slightest bit disjointed.

Album artwork of 'G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!' by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END! Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Another commanding and deft iteration of Godspeed’s lauded post-rock style. Although lacking the range of previous records, it still offers space to think.

Album artwork of 'Is 4 Lovers' by Death from Above 1979

Is 4 Lovers Death from Above 1979

A rock record produced like a dance record, with endless amounts of saturation and compression applied to, well, everything. This is a failed experiment.

Album artwork of 'Sax on the Beach' by Bleeding Gums Murphy

Sax on the Beach Bleeding Gums Murphy

From brotherly estrangement to Fabergéal financial ruin to dental calamity, Bleeding Gums’ soulful howling and gravelly tone is magnificient.

Album artwork of 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club' by Lana Del Rey

Chemtrails Over the Country Club Lana Del Rey

Vintage Del Rey (in both senses of the word), though the curious thing about the record is that it flies highest when she sounds least like herself.

Album artwork of 'Songs of Love and Hate' by Leonard Cohen

Songs of Love and Hate Leonard Cohen

An epic poem in LP form, throughout Cohen embraces a brutal honesty that, although daunting on the surface, reminds you that bleakness can be beautiful.