1. “Visions of a Life” by Wolf Alice
From the first minute of “Heavenward,” this album was captivating – an effortless compilation of punk, grunge, and hypnotic dream-pop.
2. “Masseduction” by St. Vincent
A sort-of personal memoir by Annie Clark, Masseduction is a meta pop album with catchy, upbeat songs like “Pills” that clash perfectly with the down-tempo melodies of “Slow Disco.”
3. “Melodrama” by Lorde
A brilliant pop album with smart lyrics, Melodrama is an autobiographical account of intimacy, grief, and the unsteadiness of being a young woman.
4. “A Deeper Understanding” by The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding is an almost cinematic recording of hazy synthesizers that make walking the city streets feel like a melancholic movie scene.
5. “The Ooz” by King Krule
Archy Marshall’s second album under the name King Krule is a beautifully disorientating journey through gritty punk rock and moody jazz.