Looking for new music? Here are my favorite albums of the last few months.
10. Drake and Future, What a Time to Be Alive
This is a Drake-Future collab, but musically it’s all Future’s codeine-soaked trap atmosphere, with Drake showing off his chameleon-like adaptability.
9. Ryan Adams, 1989
You’ve never heard Taylor Swift like this. Ryan Adams turns her pop masterpiece from last year into a folk-rock tragic breakup album.
8. Kelala, Hallucinogen
A sexy, take charge EP from Kelala, delivering alt-R&B in the vein of FKA Twigs.
7. Big Grams, Big Grams
New music from the legendary Big Boi is always welcome. Here he teams up with Phantogram to explore where indie pop aligns with Southern rap.
6. CHVRCHES, Every Open Eye
CHVRCHES hasn’t stray too far from their alt-pop debut, but lead singer Lauren Mayberry has stepped up her vocals several notches.
5. Big. K.R.I.T., It’s Better this Way
Once again Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T is rapping circles around his peers and not getting nearly enough love.
4. Foals, What Went Down
Less poppy than their last (truly awesome) album Holy Fire, this LP shows Foals’ raw side. If you have any angst you want to rock out of your system, check out this album.
3. Lana Del Ray, Honeymoon
Maintaining her status as the slowest tempo pop star of all time, Lana stays firmly in Hollywood sadcore but grows as a singer and songwriter.
2. Josh Ritter, Sermon on the Rocks
I’ve been a huge fan of Josh since I first saw him back in 2004. He’s one of the smartest songwriters working today, and it’s a lot of fun watching him take chances with a country-inflected album.
1. Joanna Newsom, Divers
After a five-year break, Joanna has dropped her most accessible album yet. That said, the harpist/singer-songwriter still writes densely layered, byzantine lyrics that will take dozens of listens to unravel. If you’re in the mood for an epic album, this one’s for you.