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My list,  in order of personal enjoyment:

 

1. Porter Robinson - Nurture
2. LOW - Hey What
3. Kings of Convenience - Peace Or Love
4. John Mayer - Sob Rock
5. Tyler, The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
6. Kanye West - Donda

7. Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
8. Mr. Jukes & Barney Artist – The Locket
9. Andy McKee - Symbol
10. Ryan Adams - Big Colors
11. CHVRCHES - Screen Violence
12. Kacey Musgraves - Star Crossed
13. Third Eye Blind - Our Bande Apart
14. Sarah Chernoff - Transitions
15. Leon Bridges - Gold Diggers Sound
16. K.D.A.P. - Influences

 

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Some of my favourites from the year so far...

  • CHAI – Wink
  • Flying Lotus – Yasuke
  • Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth (Most likely going to be my AOTY)
  • Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
  • Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
  • Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
  • Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - Carnage
  • Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
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Almost started this thread a few weeks ago but I feel like I got yelled at for starting it too early last year, so I’m glad someone else stepped up. 
 

Still need to listen to a couple new purchases (Me Rex, Joshua James, Black MIDI), but here’s my current list, roughly in order: 


 

The Duke of Norfolk - A Pebble of the Brook
Fishboy- Waitsgiving
BRUIT - The Machine is Burning and Now Everyone Knows it Could Happen Again
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God

Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place

Covey - Class of Cardinal Sin
Harmony Woods - Graceful Rage
Baulta - Another Second Chance 
Evans McRae - Only Skin
Postdata - Twin Flames
Wild Pink - A Billion Little Lights
Sydney Sprague - Maybe I’ll See You at the End of the World
Trope - Eleutheromania 
Lo Talker - A Comedy of Errors
Sam Yield - Terra Australis 
 
EPs
Lauren Bird - The Farewell
Arm’s Length - Everything Nice
Pronoun - OMG I Made It
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My list thus far feels lackluster relative to how I felt about previous years top albums, but I’ve really enjoyed these still.

 

LPs

Wowod - Yarost' | Proschchenie

Dust Moth - Rising/Sailing

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - At State’s End

Chevelle - NAITIAS

Secret Gardens - Tundra

 

EPs

Psychonaut/Saver - Emerald

Pet Fox - More Than Anything 

Social Contract - Buzzard’s Wake

Heaven’s Cloak - EP1

Pictures of Wildlife - Terrene

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  • 5 weeks later...
  • 2 weeks later...
  • 3 months later...
  • 4 weeks later...

Julien Baker-Little Oblivions

Fiddlehead-Between the Richness

Scowl-How Flowers Grow

One Step Closer-This Place You Know

Turnstile-Glow On

Soul Blind-Third Chain

Spiritbox-Eternal Blue

Dying Wish-Fragments of A Bitter Memory

Knocked Loose-A Tear in the Fabric of Life

Citizen-Life In Your Glass World

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Love threads like this as it's key for discovery, I miss loads or maybe listen to something but didn't connect with it at the time, or forgot to listen at the time. I generally see a few common names tally up and check out an album on that basis or I see a theme in a list of things I already like and will listen to something I've missed. Or just pot luck it. I'll add my list soon, just writing to say everyone's lists are appreciated.

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Favorites of this year.  Items in bold were most played and in a top-10 order that I couldn't possibly decide on.

 

Amenra: De Doorn

• Andy Stott: Never the Right Time

• Big Brave: Vital

• Blankenberge: Everything

Cloud Nothings: The Shadow I Remember

• Color of Time: S/T

• Converge & Chelsea Wolfe: Bloodmoon I

• Crumb: Ice Melt

Darkside: Spiral

Deafheaven: Infinite Granite

• Eluvium: Virga II

• Every Time I Die: Radical

• Faye Webster: I Know I'm Funny Haha

• Fucked Up: Year of the Horse

• A Great Big Pile of Leaves: Pono

• Grouper: Shade

GY!BE: G_d's Pee at State's End

Halsey: If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

• Holy Other: Lieve

• Iceage: Seek Shelter

Idles: Crawler

• Jon Hopkins: Music for Psychedelic Therapy

• King Woman: Celestial Blues

Lantlôs: Wildhund

• Low: Hey What

• Midwife: Luminal

• Mogwai: As the Love Continues

• Mondaze: Late Bloom

• Origami Angel: Gami Gang

• Portico Quartet: Monument

• Tobacco: Fucked Up Friends 3

• TRNA: Istok

TV Priest: Uppers

The World Is a Beautiful Place...: Illusory Walls

• Year of No Light: Consolamentum

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I managed to listen to a truly irresponsible amount of music this year, as I apparently took it upon myself to subsidize the music industry. Consequently, my album list is also irresponsibly long, but here goes:

 

1. The Duke of Norfolk - A Pebble of the Brook
2. Soup - Visions
3. Fishboy- Waitsgiving
4. The World is a Beautiful place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die - Illusory Walls
5. Foxing - Draw Down the Moon
6. David Keenan - What Then?
7. BRUIT - The Machine is Burning and Now Everyone Knows it Could Happen Again

8. Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place

9. Covey - Class of Cardinal Sin
10. Harmony Woods - Graceful Rage
11. Aeon Station - Observatory
12. Fightmilk - Contender 
13. Baulta - Another Second Chance 
14. Squirrel Flower - Planet (i) 
15. Huck Notari - Strange and Beautifully
16. Noise Beneath the Floor - A Year in Exile
17. Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
18. Evans McRae - Only Skin
19. Madi Diaz - History of a Feeling
20. Haiku Salut - The Hill, The Light, The Ghost
21. In a Daydream - This Side of Purgatory
22. Postdata - Twin Flames
23. Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God
24. Chan The Human - Peace, Hereafter
25. Slothrust - Parallel Timeline 
26. Wild Pink - A Billion Little Lights
27. Sydney Sprague - Maybe I’ll See You at the End of the World
28. Shortly - Dancer
29. Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13 
30. Adjy - The Idyll Opus
31. Trope - Eleutheromania 
32. Billy Law - Alone Somewhere 
33. Rose Riebl - Do Not Move Stones  
34. Grace Petrie - Connectivity
35. Others By No One - Book II: Where Stories Come From
36. Lo Talker - A Comedy of Errors
37. Sam Yield - Terra Australis 
38. Rachel Flowers - Bigger on the Inside
39. Halocraft - A Mother to Scare Away the Darkness
40. Me Rex - Megabear
 
EPs
Lauren Bird - The Farewell
Arm’s Length - Everything Nice
Pronoun - OMG I Made It
Elissa Mielke - Finally 
Jhariah - A Beginners Guide to Faking Your Death
Dude Trips - You Are the Reason I Hate Leaving
 

 

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1 hour ago, dawhizz said:

I managed to listen to a truly irresponsible amount of music this year, as I apparently took it upon myself to subsidize the music industry. Consequently, my album list is also irresponsibly long, but here goes:

 

1. The Duke of Norfolk - A Pebble of the Brook
2. Soup - Visions
3. Fishboy- Waitsgiving
4. The World is a Beautiful place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die - Illusory Walls
5. Foxing - Draw Down the Moon
6. David Keenan - What Then?
7. BRUIT - The Machine is Burning and Now Everyone Knows it Could Happen Again

8. Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place

9. Covey - Class of Cardinal Sin
10. Harmony Woods - Graceful Rage
11. Aeon Station - Observatory
12. Fightmilk - Contender 
13. Baulta - Another Second Chance 
14. Squirrel Flower - Planet (i) 
15. Huck Notari - Strange and Beautifully
16. Noise Beneath the Floor - A Year in Exile
17. Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
18. Evans McRae - Only Skin
19. Madi Diaz - History of a Feeling
20. Haiku Salut - The Hill, The Light, The Ghost
21. In a Daydream - This Side of Purgatory
22. Postdata - Twin Flames
23. Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God
24. Chan The Human - Peace, Hereafter
25. Slothrust - Parallel Timeline 
26. Wild Pink - A Billion Little Lights
27. Sydney Sprague - Maybe I’ll See You at the End of the World
28. Shortly - Dancer
29. Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13 
30. Adjy - The Idyll Opus
31. Trope - Eleutheromania 
32. Billy Law - Alone Somewhere 
33. Rose Riebl - Do Not Move Stones  
34. Grace Petrie - Connectivity
35. Others By No One - Book II: Where Stories Come From
36. Lo Talker - A Comedy of Errors
37. Sam Yield - Terra Australis 
38. Rachel Flowers - Bigger on the Inside
39. Halocraft - A Mother to Scare Away the Darkness
40. Me Rex - Megabear
 
EPs
Lauren Bird - The Farewell
Arm’s Length - Everything Nice
Pronoun - OMG I Made It
Elissa Mielke - Finally 
Jhariah - A Beginners Guide to Faking Your Death
Dude Trips - You Are the Reason I Hate Leaving
 

 

I don't trust any list that has 40 fuckin' records listed and none of them were ones I had in my top 10.

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