The best new albums you've never heard of

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HEAVN - Jamila Woods cover artHEAVN - Jamila Woods 

Phantom Anthem - August Burns Red cover artPhantom Anthem - August Burns Red

Take Me Apart - Kelela cover artTake Me Apart - Kelela

The Kid - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith cover artThe Kid - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Weather Station - Weather Station cover artWeather Station - Weather Station

Cry Cry Cry - Wolf Parade cover artCry Cry Cry - Wolf Parade

I Tell A Fly - Benjamin Clementine cover artI Tell A Fly - Benjamin Clementine

The Wild - Rural Alberta Advantage cover artThe Wild - Rural Alberta Advantage

Sketches of Brunswick East - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard cover artSketches of Brunswick East - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

The Ooz - King Krule cover artThe Ooz - King Krule

Lotta Sea Lice - Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile cover artLotta Sea Lice - Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Masseduction - St. Vincent cover artMasseduction - St. Vincent

The Knowledge - Squeeze cover artThe Knowledge - Squeeze

A Flame My Love, A Frequency - Colleen cover artA Flame My Love, A Frequency - Colleen

Sab Se Purani Bab - Saicobab cover artSab Se Purani Bab - Saicobab

Any Other Way - Jackie Shane cover artAny Other Way - Jackie Shane

Reaching for Indigo - Circuit des Yeux cover artReaching for Indigo - Circuit des Yeux

Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 - Various Artists cover artEven A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 - Various Artists

Adiós Señor Pussycat - Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band cover artAdiós Señor Pussycat - Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band

Mnestic Pressure - Lee Gamble cover artMnestic Pressure - Lee Gamble

All American Made - Margo Price cover artAll American Made - Margo Price

Black Notes From the Deep - Courtney Pine cover artBlack Notes From the Deep - Courtney Pine

Face Your Fear - Curtis Harding cover artFace Your Fear - Curtis Harding

Between the Earth and Sky - Lankum cover artBetween the Earth and Sky - Lankum

Turn Out the Lights - Julien Baker cover artTurn Out the Lights - Julien Baker

 

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Always Foreign - The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die cover artAlways Foreign - The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

The Centre Cannot Hold - Ben Frost cover artThe Centre Cannot Hold - Ben Frost

Harmony of Difference - Kamasi Washington cover artHarmony of Difference - Kamasi Washington

Dreams and Daggers - Cecile McLorin Salvant cover artDreams and Daggers - Cecile McLorin Salvant

Three Futures - Torres cover artThree Futures - Torres

Music for the Age of Miracles - Clientele cover artMusic for the Age of Miracles - Clientele

Hiss Spun - Chelsea Wolfe cover artHiss Spun - Chelsea Wolfe

Luciferian Towers - Godspeed You! Black Emperor cover artLuciferian Towers - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

A Sentimental Education - Luna cover artA Sentimental Education - Luna

Fool's Paradise - Cold Specks cover artFool's Paradise - Cold Specks

Shadows and Reflections - Marc Almond cover artShadows and Reflections - Marc Almond

Where the Gods are in Peace - Antibalas cover artWhere the Gods are in Peace - Antibalas

Half-Light - Rostam cover albumHalf-Light - Rostam

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson - Ariel Pink cover artDedicated to Bobby Jameson - Ariel Pink

New Magic - Son Little cover artNew Magic - Son Little

Mareridt - Myrkur cover artMareridt - Myrkur

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream - Open Eagle Mike cover artBrick Body Kids Still Daydream - Open Eagle Mike

Hippopotamus - Sparks cover artHippopotamus - Sparks

Mountain Moves - Deerhoof cover artMountain Moves - Deerhoof

Micah P. Hinson Presents the Holy Strangers - Micah P. Hinson cover artMicah P. Hinson Presents the Holy Strangers - Micah P. Hinson

Love What Survives - Mount Kimbie cover artLove What Survives - Mount Kimbie

Wake Up Now - Nick Mulvey cover artWake Up Now - Nick Mulvey

Shade - Living Colour cover artShade - Living Colour

How Did I Find Myself Here - Dream Syndicate cover artHow Did I Find Myself Here - Dream Syndicate

Every Country's Sun - Mogwai cover artEvery Country's Sun - Mogwai

American Dream - LCD Soundsystem cover artAmerican Dream - LCD Soundsystem

Fabriclive 94 - Midland cover artFabriclive 94 - Midland

The Punishment of Luxury - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark cover artThe Punishment of Luxury - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Endangered Philosophies - Dalek cover artEndangered Philosophies - Dalek

Ayo - Bomba Estereo cover artAyo - Bomba Estereo

Visions of Life - Wolf Alice cover artVisions of a Life - Wolf Alice

Feel the Real - Musiq Soulchild cover art Feel the Real - Musiq Soulchild

Science Fiction - Brand New cover artScience Fiction - Brand New

Trip - Mike Stern cover artTrip - Mike Stern

The Source - Tony Allen cover artThe Source - Tony Allen

 

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Dark Matter - Randy Numan cover artDark Matter - Randy Newman

Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & the Roots of Rap 1968-79 - Various Artists cover artSoul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & the Roots of Rap 1968-79 - Various Artists

So Numb - Sannhet cover artSo Numb - Sannhet

Woodland Echoes - Nick Heyward cover artWoodland Echoes - Nick Heyward

Who Told You To Think - Milo cover artWho Told You To Think - Milo

Life Is Fine - Paul Kelly cover artLife Is Fine - Paul Kelly

Good Time Original Motion Picture Score - Oneohtrix Point Never cover artGood Time Original Motion Picture Score - Oneohtrix Point Never

Cage Tropical - Frankie Rose cover artCage Tropical - Frankie Rose

Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings cover artPoor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

Cost of Living - Downtown Boys cover artCost of Living - Downtown Boys

S/T - Rainer Maria cover artS/T - Rainer Maria

Across the Multiverse - Dent May cover artAcross the Multiverse - Dent May

Painted Ruins - Grizzly Bear cover artPainted Ruins - Grizzly Bear

Imperius Rex - Sean Price cover artImperius Rex - Sean Price

Toy - A Giant Dog cover artToy - A Giant Dog

Music for People in Trouble - Susanne Sundfør cover artMusic for People in Trouble - Susanne Sundfør 

Far from Over - Vijay Iyer cover artFar from Over - Vijay Iyer

All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell - PVRIS cover artAll We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell - PVRIS

Beast Epic - Iron & Wine cover artBeast Epic - Iron & Wine

Que Aura - Kelley Stoltz cover artQue Aura - Kelley Stoltz 

Honey and Salt - Matt Wilson cover artHoney and Salt - Matt Wilson 

A Fever Dream - Everything Everything cover artA Fever Dream - Everything Everything 

Murmuration Nation - Emily Sailers cover artMurmuration Nation - Emily Saliers

 

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A Little Magic, a Little Kindness - The Complete Mono Albums Collection - Laura Nyro album coverA Little Magic, a Little Kindness - The Complete Mono Albums Collection - Laura Nyro

Marseille - Ahmad Jamal cover artMarseille - Ahmad Jamal

Usual Suspects - Jah Wobble cover artUsual Suspects - Jah Wobble

Pariah - Jana Rush cover artPariah - Jana Rush

A Black Mile to the Surface - Manchester Orchestra cover artA Black Mile to the Surface - Manchester Orchestra

Rotations - Golden Retriever cover artRotations - Golden Retriever

Goodnight Rhonda Lee - Nicole Atkins cover artGoodnight Rhonda Lee - Nicole Atkins

The Knife - Goldfinger cover artThe Knife - Goldfinger

Quazarz vs the Jealous Machines - Shabazz Palaces cover artQuazarz vs the Jealous Machines - Shabazz Palaces

Mura Masa - Mura Masa cover artMura Masa - Mura Masa

The Queen of Hearts - Offa Rex cover artThe Queen of Hearts - Offa Rex

Soft Sounds from Another Planet - Japanese Breakfast cover artSoft Sounds from Another Planet - Japanese Breakfast

Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume - Integrity cover artHowling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume - Integrity

The Elements - Joe Henderson cover artThe Elements - Joe Henderson

 

Witness - Benjamin Booker album coverWitness - Benjamin Booker

Prayer for Peace - North Mississippi Allstars album coverPrayer for Peace - North Mississippi Allstars

Peasant - Richard Dawson album coverPeasant - Richard Dawson

A Place I'll Always Go - Palehound album coverA Place I'll Always Go - Palehound

Resistance - Songhoy Blues album coverResistance - Songhoy Blues

City Music - Kevin Morby album coverCity Music - Kevin Morby

Bedouine - Bedouine cover artBedouine - Bedouine

Precious Art - Rozwell Kid cover artPrecious Art - Rozwell Kid

How the West Was Won - Peter Perrett cover art How the West Was Won - Peter Perrett

My Love Divine Degree - Cody Chesnutt cover artMy Love Divine Degree - Cody Chesnutt

Two Parts Viper - '68 cover artTwo Parts Viper - '68

So You Wanna Be an Outlaw - Steve Earle cover artSo You Wannabe an Outlaw - Steve Earle

The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit cover artThe Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The Underside of Power - Algiers cover artThe Underside of Power - Algiers

CTRL - Sza cover artCTRL - Sza

I Romanticize - H. Hawkline cover artI Romanticize - H. Hawkline

Somersault - Beach Fossils cover artSomersault - Beach Fossils

I'm Not Your Man - Marika Hackman cover artI'm Not Your Man - Marika Hackman

Crack-Up - Fleet Foxes cover artCrack-Up - Fleet Foxes

The Optimist - Anathema cover artThe Optimist - Anathema

You Don't Own Me Anymore - The Secret Sisters cover artYou Don't Own Me Anymore - The Secret Sisters

In a Mood - Slow Dancer cover artIn a Mood - Slow Dancer

Revolution Come--Revolution Go - Gov't Mule cover artRevolution Come--Revolution Go - Gov't Mule

Gang Signs & Prayer - Stormzy cover artGang Signs & Prayer - Stormzy

Capacity - Big Thief cover artCapacity - Big Thief

 

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Best Troubador - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album coverBest Troubador - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

A World of Masks - The Heliocentrics album coverA World of Masks - The Heliocentrics

World Spirituality Classics 1 - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - Alice Coltrane album coverWorld Spirituality Classics 1 - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - Alice Coltrane

Versus - Carl Craig album coverVersus - Carl Craig

Halo - Juana Molina album coverHalo - Juana Molina

Compassion - Forest Swords album coverCompassion - Forest Swords

Joan Shelley - Joan Shelley album coverJoan Shelley - Joan Shelley

This Old Dog - Mac DeMarco album coverThis Old Dog - Mac DeMarco

Slowdive - Slowdive album coverSlowdive - Slowdive

Rosewood Almanac - Will Stratton album coverRosewood Almanac - Will Stratton

Dreamcar - Dreamcar album coverDreamcar - Dreamcar

Powerplant - Girlpool album coverPowerplant - Girlpool

Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1 - Low Cut Connie album coverDirty Pictures, Part 1 - Low Cut Connie

Green Twins - Nick Hakim album coverGreen Twins - Nick Hakim

Stubborn Persistent Illusions - Do Make Say Think album coverStubborn Persistent Illusions - Do Make Say Think

Rocket - Alex G. album coverRocket - Alex G.

Manic Revelations - Pokey LaFarge album coverManic Revelations - Pokey LaFarge

You're Welcome - The Wavves album coverYou're Welcome - The Wavves

Goths - The Mountain Goats album coverGoths - The Mountain Goats

Modern Kosmology - Jane Weaver album coverModern Kosmology - Jane Weaver

Kids In the Street - Justin Townes Earle album coverKids In the Street - Justin Townes Earle

Truth, Liberty and Soul - Jaco Pastorius album coverTruth, Liberty and Soul - Jaco Pastorius

 

Write In - Happyness album coverWrite In - Happyness

Fujiya & Miyagi - Fujiya & Miyagi album coverFujiya & Miyagi - Fujiya & Miyagi

Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars - James Yorkston album coverNeuk Wight Delhi All-Stars - James Yorkston

Parking Lot Symphony - Trombone Shorty album coverParking Lot Symphony - Trombone Shorty

Still Life - Little Cub album coverStill Life - Little Cub

All This I Do for Glory - Colin Stetson album coverAll This I Do for Glory - Colin Stetson

Async - Ryuichi Sakamoto album coverAsync - Ryuichi Sakamoto

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm - Robert Cray album coverRobert Cray & Hi Rhythm - Robert Cray

album cover - All Amerikkkan Bada$$ - Joey Bada$$All Amerikkkan Bada$$ - Joey Bada$$

album cover - Volume 1 - BNQTVolume 1 - BNQT

album cover - Pleasure - FeistPleasure - Feist

album cover - Narkopop - GasNarkopop - Gas

album cover - Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock

album cover - Tara Jane O'Neil - Tara Jane O'NeilTara Jane O'Neil - Tara Jane O'Neil

album cover - Pure Comedy - Father John MistyPure Comedy - Father John Misty

album cover - Arca - ArcaArca - Arca

album cover - Canyons of My Mind - Andrew CombsCanyons of My Mind - Andrew Combs

album cover - The Assassination of Julius Caesar - UlverThe Assassination of Julius Caesar - Ulver

 

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Album cover Darling of the Afterglow - Lydia AinsworthDarling of the Afterglow - Lydia Ainsworth

Album cover World Eater - Blanck MassWorld Eater - Blanck Mass

Album cover Freedom Is Free - Chicano BatmanFreedom Is Free - Chicano Batman

Album cover Eternity, In Your Arms - CreeperEternity, In Your Arms - Creeper

Album cover Close Ties - Rodney CrowellClose Ties - Rodney Crowell

Album cover Cruel Optimism - Lawrence EnglishCruel Optimism - Lawrence English

Album cover What If - HauschkaWhat If - Hauschka

Album cover The Navigator - Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator - Hurray for the Riff Raff

Album cover Uyai - Ibibio Sound MachineUyai - Ibibio Sound Machine

Album cover The Order of Time - Valerie JuneThe Order of Time - Valerie June

Album cover Anti-Hero - KneebodyAnti-Hero - Kneebody

Album cover Semper Femina - Laura MarlingSemper Femina - Laura Marling

Album cover Way Out West - Stuart & His Fabulous SuperlativesWay Out West - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

Album cover Interplanetary Class Classics - The MoonlandingzInterplanetary Class Classics - The Moonlandingz

Album cover Make It Be - R. Stevie MooreMake It Be - R. Stevie Moore

Album cover A Crow Looked at Me - Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie

Album cover Obituary - ObituaryObituary - Obituary

Album cover Tribute to Ndiouga - Orchestra BaobabTribute to Ndiouga - Orchestra Baobab

Album cover Heartless - PallbearerHeartless - Pallbearer

Album cover Preservation - Nadia ReidPreservation - Nadia Reid

Album cover Caipi -Kurt RosenwinkelCaipi -Kurt Rosenwinkel

Album cover A Common Truth - SaltlandA Common Truth - Saltland

Album cover English Tapas - Sleaford ModsEnglish Tapas - Sleaford Mods

Album cover Everybody Works - Jay SomEverybody Works - Jay Som

Album cover Rosebudd's Revenge - Roc MarcianoRosebudd's Revenge - Roc Marciano

 

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Album cover Colliding by Design - AcceptanceColliding by Design - Acceptance

Album cover Sleeping Through the War - All Them WitchesSleeping Through the War - All Them Witches

Album cover Heavy Fire - Black Star RidersHeavy Fire - Black Star Riders

Album cover Crystal Fairy - Crystal FairyCrystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy

Album cover Heavy Meta - Ron GalloHeavy Meta - Ron Gallo

Album cover Freedom Highway - Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway - Rhiannon Giddens

Album cover Chalice Hymnal - GrailsChalice Hymnal - Grails

Album cover Granados_Goyescas - Yoonie HanGranados: Goyescas - Yoonie Han

Album cover Memories are Now - Jesca HoopMemories are Now - Jesca Hoop

Album cover Atonement - ImmolationAtonement - Immolation

Album cover Flying Microtonal Banana - King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Album cover Highway Queen - Nikki LaneHighway Queen - Nikki Lane

Album cover The Incessant - Meat WaveThe Incessant - Meat Wave

Album cover Alice - MeatbodiesAlice - Meatbodies

Album cover Circle/Triangle - London O'ConnorCircle/Triangle - London O'Connor

Album cover The Iceberg - OddiseeThe Iceberg - Oddisee

Album cover Graveyard Whistling - Old 97'sGraveyard Whistling - Old 97's

Album cover Best of Old Crow Medicine Show - Old Crow Medicine ShowBest of Old Crow Medicine Show - Old Crow Medicine Show

Album cover Nightmare Logic - Power TripNightmare Logic - Power Trip

Album cover Headnod Suite - Karriem RigginsHeadnod Suite - Karriem Riggins

Album cover Northern Passages - The SadiesNorthern Passages - The Sadies

Album cover Process - SamphaProcess - Sampha

Album cover Burning the Threshold - Six Organs of AdmittanceBurning the Threshold - Six Organs of Admittance

Album cover Daylight Ghosts - Craig TabornDaylight Ghosts - Craig Taborn

Album cover Fantasizing About Being Black - Otis TaylorFantasizing About Being Black - Otis Taylor

Album cover Drunk - ThundercatDrunk - Thundercat

Album cover Elwan - TinariwenElwan - Tinariwen

Album cover My Foolish Heart - Ralph TownerMy Foolish Heart - Ralph Towner

Album cover Infinite Worlds - VagabonInfinite Worlds - Vagabon

 

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Album cover Not Even Happiness - Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness - Julie Byrne

Album cover 50 - Michael Chapman50 - Michael Chapman

Album cover Tourist in This Town - Allison CrutchfieldTourist in This Town - Allison Crutchfield

Album cover DJ-Kicks - Matthew DearDJ-Kicks - Matthew Dear

Album cover Prick of the Litter - Delbert McClinton & Self-Made MenPrick of the Litter - Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Album cover Polychrome - Tobias FeldmannPolychrome - Tobias Feldmann

Album cover Jardin - Gabriel Garzon-MontanoJardin - Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Album cover Sweetsexysavage - KehlaniSweetsexysavage - Kehlani

Album cover Chill, Dummy - P.O.S.Chill, Dummy - P.O.S.

Album cover Metamorfosi Trecento - Michele PasottiMetamorfosi Trecento - Michele Pasotti

Album cover Nothing Feels Natural - The PriestsNothing Feels Natural - The Priests

Album cover Feel Your Feelings Fool - The RegrettesFeel Your Feelings Fool! - The Regrettes

Album cover Strike a Match - Sacred PawsStrike a Match - Sacred Paws

Album cover Ty Segall - Ty SegallTy Segall - Ty Segall

Album cover Live in Paris - Sleater-KinneyLive in Paris - Sleater-Kinney

Album cover Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Lalo - Symphonie EspagnoleTchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole - Omer Meir Wellber

Album cover Godfather - WileyGodfather - Wiley

Posted by SaraP on November 22, 2017