The Best Albums Of 2019

The Best Albums Of 2019

Without a doubt, 2018 was a stellar year for new albums, including a sublime release from Swedish pop aficionado Robyn, a genre-bending instant classic from The Internet and a new kind of punk in IDLES’ second album.

But your playlist might be in need of a refresh, and 2019 has already gifted us a new wave of great albums via Sharon Van Etten and Julia Jacklin, and the delicate soundscapes of James Blake and Tourist.

Whether you’re looking for something to soundtrack your living room dancing or contemplative Tuesday morning commute, here’s our favourite releases of the year so far.

Solange – When I Get Home

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Since her heralded 2016 album A Seat at the Table, Solange has no longer needed the caveat explainer of being Beyoncé’s younger sister. Building on the transgressive nature of her previous release, When I Get Home is a eclectic patchwork of sounds from sparse jazz in ‘Dreams’ to the ‘interlude’ and ‘intermission’ tracks which sample speech and street noises to make the album feel like a journey through a city.

Nilüfer Yanya – Miss Universe

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The debut album from London-hailing 22-year-old Nilüfer Yanya feels wise beyond its years, yet has a joyful abandon about it that sounds intrinsically young. Miss Universe is a pop-rock album that has a warm sense of nostalgia, twinning euphoria and reflection in tracks like ‘Paralysed’ and ‘Paradise’, and peppering the album with eccentric samples of her operating an automated ‘hotline for wellness’. It’s a sublime debut, and one that cements her as a rising talent to watch.

Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1

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A Foals album is always an eagerly awaited event in the music world and their fifth is the first of a two part release, the second coming in September this year. While the psychedelic rock wave has seen the rise of bands like Tame Impala, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 is a reminder of the merits of a more swaggering and less synthesised kind of guitar rock.

Jenny Lewis – On The Line

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Refining her smooth Americana sound and telling stirring stories with her lyrics, California indie rock singer Jenny Lewis’ fourth album is her best yet. Lurking in the lighter tracks are moments of reckoning, like in ‘Wasted Youth’, where memories of family addiction, heartbreak and estrangement are masked by breathy vocals.

Ry x – Unfurl

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Australian singer-songwriter Ry Cuming’s 2012 track ‘Howling’ was a runaway success that played out across the world’s nightclubs, its haunting sound sending a shiver across the dance-floor. His third studio album hasn’t looked to replicate this same stripped-back guitar sound, but has instead evolved. You can hear it in the muffled piano chords of ‘Body Sun’ or the peal of percussion chiming in the background of ‘To Know’.

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