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Sowing's 2020.5

Halfway through 2020, here's 50 albums I enjoyed.
50Keeley Forsyth

Atmospheric and depressing folk-pop

Hazy, drug-induced alt-rock
48Shell of a Shell
Away Team

Electric, riffy underground emo
47Reckless Kelly
American Jackpot / American Girls

Country-rock double LP
Sleep on the Wing

Lush, pastoral electronics/ambience
45Jason Isbell

Boundary testing country/Americana
44Modern Nature

Understated indie-rock with jazzy flourishes
À Contre Vent

Ideal blend of folk and black metal
42Psychotic Waltz
The God-Shaped Void

Prog-metal with very technical guitar solos
41Ecke Wu
表演 Performance

Dream pop meets heavier riffs

Indie/Americana band leans extra heavy into their country influences
39Bonny Light Horseman
Bonny Light Horseman

Country/folk supergroup creates safe but memorable album
38Gia Margaret
Mia Gargaret

Artist loses her voice but ends up creating a lush ambient piece
37Termination Dust
Growing Down

Quirky indie-rock with amateurish vocals

Heavy riffs meet dreamy atmospheres
You Said It

Atmospheric emo-rock
34Spanish Love Songs
Brave Faces Everyone

Gut-punching pop punk
Our Two Skins

Australian indie-folk/pop with beautiful vocal melodies
32Emily Keener
I Do Not Have To Be Good

Very meek folk-pop with subtle accents and flourishes that grow on you
Born Again

Shimmering dream pop with hefty electric guitar solos
City Burials

Progressive and atmospheric rock
If I Am Only My Thoughts

Hazy, dreamy, and ever-so-lush psychedelic indie folk
Strange To Explain

Smooth psych-folk with an artful ambition
27Nana Grizol
South Somewhere Else

Folksy/americana-laced punk rock with a political lean
26Elephant Tree

Post-rock/doom metal with massive peaks
25Soccer Mommy
Color Theory

Beautiful, lush indie-pop
24The Districts
You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere

Emotional indie-rockers branch out sonically into more explosive and optimistic directions
23Perfume Genius
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Tense and sprawling indie-pop artist loses some of his bombast but makes up for it with artistic touch and ambition
You and I

Atmospheric alt-rock that is somehow both fiery and cool/lush.
21Childish Gambino

Hip-Hop/soul artist creates his defining experimental piece
20Ethan Gruska
En Garde

Glistening indie-pop that serves as a masterclass in production
19The Airborne Toxic Event
Hollywood Park

Emotional alt-rockers channel their inner Springsteen for a huge concept album
18The Strokes
The New Abnormal

Slick, well-crafted indie-rock at its finest
17Nicole Atkins
Italian Ice

Throwback pop/soul with summery vibes
16Tame Impala
The Slow Rush

Psychedelic pop with experimental and electronic undercurrents
I Disagree

Pop-metal that is too damned fun to resist
14Jess Williamson

Jaw-dropping folk-pop melodies with a countryish sway and dreamy atmosphere
13Bob Dylan
Rough and Rowdy Ways

79 year old legend makes another borderline classic LP
12Run the Jewels

Superb rap album featuring a perfect lyrical overlap with current events
11Katie Pruitt

Gay country singer subverts outdated genre expectations while singing about overcoming said challenges
10Carly Rae Jepsen
Dedicated Side B

Queen of pop dishes out leftovers that were better than the main course
9Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts V: Together

Sigur Ros' atmospheres meet GY!BE's gloomy overtones to create an eerie distillation of life during COVID-19
Saint Cloud

Dylan-esque songwriting and vocal inflections help this Americana album along as one of the best and most listenable records of the year
7Andrew Judah
Impossible Staircase

Theatrical pop-rock to the tune of The Dear Hunter; irresistibly fun and upbeat
6Mac Miller

Posthumous hip-hop/R&B record marks Miller's crowning achievement; RIP
5Phoebe Bridgers

Lush and melodic indie-folk; Bridgers' most ambitious piece yet. Closing track is already in the SOTD running for the 2020s.
4Fiona Apple
Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Raw and honest experimental pop; her best yet
3Honey Harper

Cosmic dream country has arrived - are you ready for the future of the genre?
2Zach Bryan

Old-school country - just a man with an acoustic guitar and harmonica spilling his guts in a way I haven't heard since Elliott Smith.
1Thomas Azier
Love, Disorderly

A potent blend of 80s influences and more modern indie-rock, Azier has crafted a nearly perfect record that reflects the chaos of the world around us.
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