2022 has musically started strong, especially with a torrent of singles leading up to the promise of exciting releases to come. Amid the notable tracks are a handful of exceptional records that will surely be on many best-of-the-year lists. #1 will particularly surprise you!
6. Beach House - 'Once Twice Melody'
Baltimore dream-pop aficionados Dream House construct their most epic release yet, capitalizing on the nuance and depth that their music reaches.
5. Cate Le Bon - 'Pompeii'
Welsh singer Cate Le Bon takes a sonic trip to the past while blending polished psychedelic twists into her dark, arty pop.
4. Ghost - 'Impera'
Swedish rockers Ghost take their dark, Satan-themed music into glistening AOR, delivering a set of songs with equal parts catchy melodies and heavy rock evilness.
3. Tears for Fears - 'The Tipping Point'
The creative duo behind Tears for Fears returns to the studio in full force for the first time since 1989’s The Seeds of Love, and the results are as emotionally resonant as ever.
2. Black Country, New Road - 'Ants From Up Here'
Expanding on their critically-acclaimed debut in every way, English newcomers Black Country, New Road incorporate both spacious and urgent songwriting for art-rock brilliance.
1. Hurray for the Riff Raff - 'Life on Earth'
Singer/songwriter Alynda Segarra’s “nature punk” cries out to save the world from humanity, asserting its messages over rawly emotive yet effortlessly sculpted music. In conclusion, Life on Earth is the most artistically successful album of 2022 so far!
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