It's the midway point of the year and you know what that means, it's time to assess the current landscape of the releases on the year and see who's on top! Check out our Top 15 Albums of the Year (So Far).
1. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers has had a rocket strapped to her back since her 2018 debut album Strangers in the Alps. It's only been solidified by her collaborations with supergroups boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center. Well, in June, we were finally treated to her sophomore release, Punisher. Needless to say expectations were high, and Bridgers delivered and some. Check out our review of the album here.
2. Soccer Mommy - color theory - Sophia Regina Allison (AKA Soccer Mommy) has has quite the past couple of years as her debut album Clean was a critical and commercial success, opening doors for the Swiss-born singer-songwriter. Where Clean started this, color theory has nothing but continued her success, as she has performed on late-night TV shows and continues to book festival slots (before COVID that is). Read our review of color theory here!
3. Ray LaMontagne - MONOVISION - It's safe to say that many were disappointed by LaMontagne's 2018 release Part of the Light. However, he has bounced back better than ever with the release of his new album MONOVISION. MONOVISION highlights everything that is great about LaMontagne's performance style, his unparalleled bold and unique voice and his transcendent melodies. Check out our mini-review here!
4. Peach Pit - You and Your Friends - Canadian quartet Peach Pit returned with their sophomore release You and Your Friends in April. With it, they brought their signature alt-pop sound and continued the maturation of their sound. We're excited to see where this release will take them once COVID has passed.
5. The Weeknd - After Hours- Canadian singer-songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye (AKA The Weeknd) released his four album After Hours to commercial and critical acclaim back in March. Having teased the release of the album since November of 2019, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200. After Hours is chock-full of Tesfaye's signature blend of indie, pop, and electronic melodiss accompanied by his dynamic vocals.