Top 15 Albums of 2021 (So Far)



We've reached the midway point of the year and you know what that means, it's time to count down the best alt music of 2021 and man there was a lot of it!

15. Skegss - Rehearsal: In March, Skegss released Rehearsal and with it instantly expanded on an already growing sound by adding in more punk and acoustic influences. Rehearsal made a number of people in the U.S. stand up and pay attention to the Australian band. Read our full review here.


14. IAN SWEET - Show Me How You Disappear: IAN SWEET is another artist that expanded upon their sound when she released Show Me How You Disappear in March. This album brought in much more alt-pop influences and came with a number of catchy bangers. Read our full review here.


13. Claud - Super Monster: Claud stormed on the scene with their February release Super Monster. THe album, which took it's title from a Daniel Johnstone painting is chock full of alt-pop music for both sunny and rainy days. With this release Claud firmly established their presence on the alt scene. Read our full review here.


12. Small Black - Cheap Dreams: With an electronic sound that pays a respectful homage to alt music of the 80's, Small Black's Cheap Dreams is an album with a story to tell. It leads listeners along both through lyrics and music in a way that is difficult to do. Cheap Dreams has been a winner for Small Black. Read our full review here.


11. SHAED - High Dive: SHAED who made huge waves on the scene because of their banger "Trampoline" finally released their debut LP in May. High Dive is a catchy and clean alt pop album and is a great debut for the Washington D.C. trio. We're excited for what the future holds with this group. Read our full review here.


10. Tigers Jaw - I Won't Care How You Remember Me: Alt/emo veterans Tigers Jaw returned with their sixth studio album I Won't Care How You Remember Me in March. The album has some pretty important messages about living life and the role others play in it. If you haven't checked it out, you need to change that. Read our full review here.