That these compositions, various as they are, provide the fuel for a band like this says enough about Allison Miller and Carmen Staaf. They have what it takes.
In collaboration with the wonderfully adept Spektral Quartet, Miguel Zenón's latest, Yo Soy la Tradición, is an astounding record demonstrating how versatile and fluid modern jazz can be in our day.
Italian audio collective Sigillum S are probably not nearly as well known as they ought to be, for The Irresistible Art of Space Colonization and Its Mutation Implications is one of the finest dark electronic albums of the year.
Multi-instrumentalist Julie Carpenter a.k.a Less Bells unveils her new project with Solifuge, a record of controlled experimentalism, serene atmospherics and great depth.
After 24 studio albums Graham Parker is still singing the same song, but like a good whiskey he retains his character and is worth coming back to for more.
The roots of mbira virtuoso Stella Chiweshe are at full strength on a new collection of early singles.
Noname's Room 25 sees a brilliant writer finding her outlet, taking in the world around her, and spinning it into her own extraordinary web.
Funk-jazz polymath Brandon Coleman's sophomore LP is a memorable record by an unabashed futurist steeped in funk, jazz, electronica, and everything in-between.
Suede were never really part of the oafish Britpop scene and their dark, dramatic new album makes this more apparent than ever.
Chill out: Sandro Perri's latest album In Another Life is a lush, unhurried work of ambient calm.
Linda Clifford's four late 1970s albums showcase her range, even if they don't stand out from the life-after-disco scene.
With Black Rainbow Sound, Menace Beach continue to explore indie rock with a slight experimental twist and a direct, pop-influenced approach.
Voivod may be veterans at this point, but with The Wake, they're still providing one-of-a-kind genre-shifting vivaciousness.
It may not be the queer masterpiece that some were expecting, but in this day and age, Troye Sivan's Bloom proves that gay people need not rely on metaphors or "hints" to get their stories across and be accepted by the masses.