Album of the Year So Far 2024 | Rough Trade US

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July 3rd, 2024


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Below, (in no particular order) explore 31 albums that have been the most important, influential and adored by us at Rough Trade US!


Kamasi Washington – Fearless Movement

Input from George Clinton, André 3000 and Washington’s toddler daughter feature on his virtuosic, richly varied celebration of Black American music.

Waxahatchee – Tigers Blood

A beautiful slice of country-tinged magic that never descends into nostalgia, this a twisting country album of anthemic earworms that evoke long summer evenings, intimate chats and misty-eyed regret.

Charlie XCX – brat

Charli XCX gets her hands dirty to guarantee you the best night out of your life.

The Smile – Wall of Eyes

Too cryptic to be apathetic, too funky to be downbeat and too layered and haunting to be a simple ‘fuck you’ to the system, this LP is among the best work from Thom and Jonny since In Rainbows.

Yaya Bey – Ten Fold

New Yorker’s incredible 5th LP features catchy dancefloor bangers, alongside soulful odes, homespun funk, and R&B… Unmissable.

Adrianne Lenker – Bright Future

A beautiful record that tactfully captures the often confusing and contradicting feelings when truly in love, this LP showcases good old-fashioned song craftsmanship at its most inspiring finest.

DIIV – Frog In Boiling Water

The fourth full-length release from the Brooklyn four-piece is a masterful example of political shoegaze. Truly special.

Vampire Weekend – Only God Was Above Us

Some of the most beautiful but disquieting indie-rock in recent memory.

Mannequin Pussy – I Got Heaven

This is punk at its most multifaceted and emotional, overflowing with desire and angst.

The Last Dinner Party – Prelude To Ecstasy

A little bit Kate Bush, a little bit BCNR, a little bit Weyes Blood, and a little bit of your favorite indie band, this debut from the all-female London band is as promising as it gets.

Cloud Nothings – Final Summer

Cleveland indie rock, full of gargantuan hooks that make you feel alive.

Faye Webster – Underdressed at the Symphony

70s-tinged alt-country is delicate and eclectic, complete with guest spots from Wilco’s Nels Cline and rapper Lil Yachty

Yard Act – Where’s My Utopia?

Wry, riveting, chaotic, and infectious throughout, this is a fearless album brimming with innovative arrangements and mind-altering narratives, all held together by danceable grooves and infectious musicianship.

SPRINTS – Letter To Self

So engaging, you might even forget your phone for 40 minutes, this debut is a bracing, frantic record designed for both thrashing mosh pits and solo meltdowns, best heard with the volume turned up loud.

Beth Gibbons – Lives Outgrown

Timeless and considered, Lives Outgrown by Portishead‘s Beth Gibbons is a complete, but still complicated, portrait of the intersection of grief and life.

DEHD – Poetry

Pulsing like summer, maybe album of the summer (?), this is fun, fresh indie rock that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

IDLES – TANGK

One of the year’s most innovative and exciting rock albums, it’s a raw, vulnerable, raucous expression of love.

Jessica Pratt – Here In The Pitch

Packed with rollicking, sugar-sweet verses and vocalizations you can twirl your body to and curl up and anguish over all the same.

Knocked Loose – You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To

Kentucky metalcore. What more do you need to know? Just when you thought it couldn’t get any heavier, it does. Epic.

Khruangbin – A LA SALA

Another great summer record by the Houston trio, their intricate instrumental music is so gentle it lulls the listener into a newly imaginative state.

The Lemon Twigs – A Dream Is All We Know

A delectable mélange of Harrisonian 12-string riffs, Wilsonian harmonies and layer-cake hooks – crooning sugary pop-rock in the best of ways.

St. Vincent – All Born Screaming

From the noisy low end of lead track “Broken Man,” through Flea’s prowling industrial pop and the superlative goth jazz, Bond-like theme of “Violent Times,” it’s a loud and unapologetically varied work.

Corridor – Mimi

Montreal’s Corridor sing in French, and draw from both European and American influences, creating a distinct, wide-eyed melody that’s constantly changing and being disrupted. A thrilling, mesmerizing listen.

Pissed Jeans – Half Divorced

Contender for punk album of the year. Fast, furious, funny, sad and above all real.

Fabiana Palladino – Fabiana Palladino

A near-effortless reinvention of retro pop, soul, funk, and R&B, with a glossy modern sheen, all voiced with captivating and confident flair by a razor-sharp songwriter. One of the finest debuts in a long, long while.

Chanel Beads – Your Day Will Come

A Brooklyn band everyone seems to have seen live either on some guy’s rooftop or in a small, crowded bar—and all that hard work has culminated into a gorgeous, career-long debut.

Kim Gordon – The Collective

Unsurprisingly adventurous, charmingly deadpan and visceral at every turn, Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon has created an underground hip-hop record made by an inveterate envelope-pushing postmodernist.

Ibibio Sound Machine – Pull The Rope

The London-based Afro-funk electronic collective merge hypnotic rhythms with pulsing electro, and the result is a potent fusion.

Peggy Gou – I Hear You

A fun, adventurous record confirming Peggy Gou‘s status as one of the more distinctive figures in club music, with guest appearances by Villano Antillano and Lenny Kravitz.

Pond – Stung!

Gleeful & glorious psych-rock​​. What’s not to like?

Justice – Hyperdrama

One of this year’s most engrossing listening experiences courtesy of the French electronic maestros. Featuring guest appearances by Miguel, Connan Mockasin, Rimon, Tame Impala, The Flints, and Thundercat.

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