Tori Amos’ Ocean to Ocean is a cohesive collection of songs that expertly articulates and finds meaning in the deepest recesses of despair.
Unlike many pandemic music projects, there are no filler tracks or wasted space on Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days. Each song stands on its own stylistically.
On Helado Negro’s Far In, Robert Carlos Lange uses electric piano, drums, and lush textures to craft boundless dreamscapes worth inhabiting.
Experimental jazz saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi continues his ambitious homage to incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II with Hidemi.
Anz’s All Hours is one of the most exciting debuts of the year from one of the most thrilling new voices in club music. It’s music for the all-nighters.
On Faster, Samantha Fish ventures into new territory from country rock to hard rock, to pop and R&B to hip-hop, without sacrificing her essential toughness.
On Mercurial World, Magdalena Bay weave disco, EDM, vaporwave, and video game music into a dense world of escapist charms and an inescapable structure.
Sam Fender gives a stirring tour through the poverty and politics of middle England on his polished new album, Seventeen Going Under.