It’s summer. You can tell it’s summer because the music industry has buggered off on holiday for three months leaving us all bereft of new music and having to listen to our Dad’s Greatest Hits of ELO cassette and pretend like that’s a brilliant and convenient thing in front of all our much cooler friends.
Thankfully help is at hand. For it is exactly the middle of the year and therefore a wondrous time where all the music mags and websites across the land announce their annual ‘best albums of the year so far’ lists, giving music fans a chance to discover something they may have missed, which they can pretend to enjoy for a bit before inevitably listening to 1989 for the remainder of the summer.
Throwing its metaphorical hat into the oddly not-so-metaphorical ring is Methods Unsound, with its own best albums of the year so far list, presented in handy alphabetical order so as not to force us to make any real decisions or put in any extra work. We hope you find something to your liking.
Action Bronson – Mr Wonderful
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Braids – Deep in the Iris
Björk – Vulnicura
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
John Carpenter – Lost Themes
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Faith No More – Sol Invictus
Holly Herndon – Platform
Ibeyi – Ibeyi
Jamie XX – In Colour
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Purity Ring – Another Eternity
Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
THEESatisfaction – EarthEE
Tigercats – Mysteries
Torres – Sprinter
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi Love
Vessels – Dilate
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
That’s your lot. Come back halfway through next year, when we’ll divulge 2016’s best albums up until that point.
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