Top Albums of 2021

Honestly, I’m pretty over lists at this point. They’re arbitrary and don’t really reflect anything but someone’s tastes, except here where they reflect the tastes of three individuals…because that’s how we roll. So, take this list with a grain of salt. These are the records we thought were the best, which mostly just means these are the ones we listened to on repeat throughout the year! Feel free to leave a comment on what you think we missed, or why we’re dumb; we love good comment trolls.

Also, because this list is really about crediting the art that made us happy, we wanted it to make you happy too, so we included purchasing links where we could.

AlexaloneAlexaloneworld – Polyvinyl – BUYATX!

American CultureFor My Animals – HHBTM – BUY

BicepIsles – Ninja Tune- BUY

Black MarbleFast Idol – Sacred Bones – BUY

BleachersTake the Sadness Out of Saturday Night – RCA – BUY

Boys with Perpetual NervousnessSongs from Another Life – Bobo Integral — BUY

Buffet Lunch – The Power of Rock – Upset the Rhythm — BUY

The Catenary Wires Birling Gap – Skep Wax/Shelflife – BUY

Chime School – Chime School – Slumberland Records – BUY

CindyLP 1:2 – Paisley Shirt Records/Mt. St. Mtn. – BUY

Cold BeatWar GardenBUY

Cold CaveFate in Seven Lessons Heartworm Press – BUY

CourtesyCheck the MilkBUY

DagPedestrian Life – Bedroom Suck Records – BUY

David Christian and the Pinecone OrchestraFor Those We Met on the Way – Tapete – BUY

The Dead SpaceChlorine Sleep – 12XU – BUYATX!

Ducks Ltd.Modern Fiction – Carpark/Royal Mountain – BUY

DummyMandatory Enjoyment – Trouble in Mind Records – BUY

ElbowFlying Dream 1 – Polydor – BUY

Emma Russack & Lachlan DentonSomething Is Going to Change Tomorrow, Today. What Will You Do? What Will You Say? – Bobo Integral/Osborne Again – BUY

Flock of DimesHead of Roses – Sub Pop – BUY

HovvdyTrue Love – Grand Jury – BUYATX!

Japan ReviewKvetch Sounds Reckless Yes – BUY

Jesse MarchantAntelope RunningBUY

Karen PerisA Song Is Way Above the LawnBUY

Katy KirbyCool Dry Place – Keeled Scales – BUYATX!

The LodgerCul de Sac of Love – Pretty Olivia/WWNBB – BUY

Los EsplifsEstraik BackBUY

LowHey What – Sub Pop – BUY

MakthaverskanFor Allting – RFC Records – BUY

MassageStill Life – Bobo Integral/Mt. St. Mtn. – BUY

Mope CityWithin the Walls – tenth Court – BUY

MotoristsSurrounded – Bobo Integral – BUY

Mt. MiseryOnce Home, No Longer – Prefect Records – BUY

Natalie Jane HillSolelyBUYATX!

Nation of LanguageA Way Forward – Pias – BUY

Penelope IslesWhich Way to Happy – Bella Union – BUY

Phantom HandshakesNo More Summer Songs – Z-Tapes – BUY

The Reds, Pinks and PurplesUncommon Weather – Tough Love/Slumberland – BUY

Robert SoteloCelebrant – Upset the Rhythm – BUY

QuiversGolden Doubt – Ba Da Bing/Bobo Integrak – BUY

SemihelixRecoil – Mariel Recording Company – BUYATX!

Semi TrucksVs. California – Meritorio Records – BUY

SlothrustParallel Timeline – Dangerbird Records – BUY

Small BlackCheap Dreams – 100% Electronica – BUY

The SmallgoodsLost in the Woods – Lost and Lonesome – BUY

Snowy BandAlternate Endings – Osborne Again/Spunk – BUY

Sun JuneSomewhere – Keeled Scales/RFC – BUYATX!

Tele NovellaMerlynn Belle – Kill Rock Stars – BUYATX!

Ty SegallHarmonizer – Drag City – BUY

So CowBigsignis – dandy Boy Records – BUY

The UmbrellasThe Umbrellas – Slumberland Records – BUY

Valley MakerWhen the Day Leaves – Frenchkiss Records – BUY

Weakened FriendsQuitter – Don Giovanni Records – BUY

WyMarriage – Rama Lama Records – BUY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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