Hey Listen! (to this): 2019’s Best Albums

It’s that time of year again. Lists. Lists everywhere, for everything. Many of them pretending to be legit but actually are just paid placements. Some of them being utter crap, playing you for a fool with a clickbait title. Luckily for you, I am not nearly popular enough to garner attention from anyone to pay me anything for placement, and I think clickbait is the devil. As such, you’re getting the straight goods – an unbiased collection of my favorite albums discovered during the last year. Or would it be a completely biased? Well, either way, it’s hot stuff. I’m not typically an albums guy – I like my singles – so it’s really something special when I find an album that I come back to again and again for tracks to feature on this blog.

Anyway, enough preamble. It’s list time.


#5. Broods; Don’t Feed The Pop Monster

Released: Feb. 1, 2019

Notable tracks: Too Proud, Peach, Hopitalized, Falling Apart, Dust, Old Dog

I’ve always had a soft spot for Broods. They’d already released countless tracks I was really into. It thus surprised me further when they released Don’t Feed The Pop Monster and still managed to blow my mind with tons of quality, “top track of the week” music.


#4. Garcons; Be Human

Released: Oct. 10, 2019

Notable Tracks: Ladybug, Firestarter, Froggin, Moonlight

I love that no two Garcons tracks sounds too similar, but you can still instantly recognize who it is a few bars into the track. Weird, goofy, but still brilliant.


#3. Gallant; Sweet Insomnia

Released: Oct. 25, 2019

Notable Tracks: Sharpest Edges, Paper Tulips, Sweet Insomnia, Hips, Hurt, Sleep On It

Love me some Gallant. His early stuff blew me away, then he had a little spurt in the middle where I wasn’t much of a fan. Then BAM! Sweet Insomnia. Almost every song is special.


#2. Monsune; Tradition

Released: Sept. 20, 2019

Notable Tracks: Cloud, Outta My Mind, Mountain

Ok ok it’s just a 5-track album… but all five tracks are well worth a listen and three of them are amongst my absolute favorites of the year. So yea, it’s making the list, and it’s getting that #2 spot. It’s that good.


#1. Vlush; Who 250

Released: May 24, 2019

Notable Tracks: Byof, Bored, Goner, First Town Down, Happy Talk, 98 Degrees

So this one is a kinda cheating. I’m giving this album credit for introducing me to vlush overall, and there are tons of tracks not on this album (released previous to it) that also blew my mind this year. However, Bored and Goner are probably in my top five tracks of the year. I just can’t stop listening. The entire album kind of feels like a pet project for this dude, as if challenged by a friend who said “bet you can’t make an album” and our dude was all “oh ya? watch me” and proceeds to drop this. And it’s a stunner. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Straddles the line of raw, made-in-a-bedroom sound with studio-produced. I really hope this isn’t a one-and-done story (it was, for as much as I can tell, his debut album), but I also do not know how you’d follow this one up.

Songs of the Week 240: November 3 – November 9

yehan jehan#5. Yehan Jehan – Haze

soundcloud.com/yehanjehan

Big fan of Mr. Jehan’s work. If you’re digging this, definitely check out his Mac DeMarco cover.


monsune3#4. Monsune – Cloud

soundcloud.com/monsune_inc

The last from my Monsune collection is Cloud… another sultry pop-styled bedroom jam.


emerson leif#3. Emerson Leif – Wake Up With You

soundcloud.com/emerson-leif

It’s a strong week of music, which is why it’s so tough to toss a track like Wake Up With You so at just #3. While I do think the chorus isn’t top notch, those hazy verses are so smooth.


de rien#2. De Rien – Cali

soundcloud.com/derienmusic

How about this for a goddamn debut track. Geez. Will be tough to follow this up, but I’m eagerly waiting to see De Rien try.


garcons-ladybug#1. Garcons – Ladybug

soundcloud.com/realgarcons

The lads put out a real stellar album a few weeks ago. Ladybug is the last feature I’ll have from Be Human.