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We’re almost halfway through the year and already a handful of instant-classic albums have seen the light of day. May keeps the phenomenal releases coming with bands like Daft Punk and The National set to release their latest efforts while bands like Savages give us some debut treats. Check out all 10 albums we’ll be listening to during the month of May and beyond below.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

The critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based band return to the forefront of melancholic post-punk rock with their sixth studio album. Led by the single “Demons,” Trouble Will Find Me shows once again why the indie rock group has become one of the most revered in contemporary music; the compositions are as beautiful as they’ve ever been while Berninger’s lyrics somber and cryptic just how we like them.

Order the album here.

Savages – Silence Yourself

The English post-punk quartet’s debut effort is every bit as satisfying as the band’s first tracks led us to believe it would be. Focused around catchy bass riffs and a Siouxsie-like howl, the all-female group has released one of rock music’s most impressive and significant debuts in a number of years.

Order the album here.

Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say I Light

Following a 2011 Mercury Prize nomination, Some Say I So I Say I Light is the British musician’s sophomore effort and continues his exploration of rhythmic poetry laid over atmospheric sounds produced mostly electronically. A European tour in support of the album is currently underway so take a listen before Ghostpoet comes to your town.

Order the album here.

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Recorded in entirely appropriate locations including New York, Los Angeles and Martha’s Vineyard, Modern Vampires of the City marks a notable shift in the indie rock group‘s signature sound. The band’s third studio album is largely experimental in scope and features unconventional recording techniques along with production by hit-maker Ariel Rechtshaid.

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Talib Kweli – Prisoner of Conscious

The fifth solo album for the Brooklyn artist features guest appearances by some of today’s brightest stars including Kendrick Lamar and Miguel. Like past efforts, Prisoner of Conscious continues Kweli’s work as a conscious rapper and touches upon what it means to be a prisoner of conscious without claiming to be one himself.

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Deerhunter – Monomania

Coming in at just under 45 minutes, Monomania is the followup to 2010’s brilliant Halcyon Digest. Featuring 12 tracks of garage rock madness, the sixth studio album for the band is the first to include new bassist Josh McKay and features strong influences by seminal musicians Pierre Schaeffer, Steve Reich and Bo Diddley.

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John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

Recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland, Pale Green Ghosts is the second studio album by former The Czars frontman John Grant and features guest vocals by Sinead O’Connor in addition to a range of local musicians. Grant’s sophomore effort sees the American musician exploring the possibilities of soft synth sounds while continuing his excellent storytelling abilities and emotional depth.

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Mikal Cronin – MCII

Formerly a member of Ty Segall’s live band, the second release for the San Francisco-based artist features playful harmonies on top of grunge-like distortion for an ultimately unique sound. MCII is Cronin’s most ambitious effort to date, solo or otherwise, and hints at promising things to come from the young musician.

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Patty Griffin – American Kid

Contemporary folk rock hero Patty Griffin returns with what is possibly her best collection of songs to date. Inspired by her father who passed away in 2009, American Kid features 12 tracks that blend lush guitar layers with the artist’s familiar vocals.

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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Now streaming via iTunes, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is easily one of the most hyped albums of the past decade. Featuring guest collaborations with some of music’s best like Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams, the French duo’s fourth studio album forgoes their use of sampling in favor of live musicians.  Although it took them nearly 20 years to do it, Random Access Memories is the album that proves the robots are human after all.

Order the album here.


Honorable mentions include She & Him, Bibio, Japanther and Baths.

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