Influential Music Blog STEREOGUM Reveals Their List Of The 50 Best Albums Of 2022 So Far

8 June 2022

Influential and highly-praised American website Stereogum celebrates its 20th birthday this year. A lot of festive stuff the world’s best music blog as they claim themselves waits in the pipeline.

But first their multi-musical-genre list of the 50 best albums of 2022 so far.

Chris DeVille (Editor): “Perhaps as a result of artists sitting on new music during the pandemic’s early phases and dumping it all on us at the same time, it was unusually difficult
to pare down the list to just 50 albums this time around. Both in terms of widely acclaimed consensus favorites and personally beloved sleeper picks, there have just been so many albums to love. At the moment, the following are the ones the Stereogum staff loves the most… any album scheduled to be released by June 30 was eligible for this list, so some of these records are from the future.”

TOP 5

5. Mr. Moral & The Big Steppers by KENDRICK LAMAR

“Lamar is operating like only a few artists in pop history — a superstar at the height
of his powers confounding everyone’s expectations while trying to transcend his own.”

Stream here

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4. ‘Once Twice Melody’ by BEACH HOUSE

“Other albums of theirs might be more concise, but none is as impactful as this staggering showcase of the mystical energy that Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have channeled since
the start of their career.”

Stream here…

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3. ‘Aethioples’ by BILLY WOODS

“There are underground rap titans all over Aethiopes — El-P, Boldy James, Quelle Chris — but the real meat is in hearing woods and Preservation dig deep into a culture that’s hostile to humanity in general and to Blackness in particular.”

Stream here…


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2. ‘MOTOMAMI’ by ROSALÍA

“MOTOMAMI represents a gear switch from arms-length storytelling to something more personal. It goes hardest when Rosalía plays with contradiction: in music, in gender, in
simply being a living human being. Metamorphosis never sounded so exciting.”

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1. ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’ by BIG THIEF



“After their phenomenal pair of 2019 albums, it was hard to believe Big Thief had anywhere to go but down, both creatively and in terms of the frothing hype surrounding them. And yet here they are with both their most acclaimed and accomplished collection of music yet. Big Thief don’t just prove they’re actually that good. They sound like they can do anything.”

Stream here…

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Here’s the FULL LIST

(A Long) Soulful Sunday With New BEACH HOUSE Album

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

20 February 2022

Band: BEACH HOUSE
Who: Praised American tandem formed in Baltimore in 2004, featuring
vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally.
Active: Since 2005 / 7 studio LPs (new one included)

New album: ONCE TWICE MELODY – 18 tracks
Release: 18 February 2022 via Sub Pop

Pitchfork says: “With panoramic proportions and gleaming finishes,
the band’s sprawling eighth album luxuriates in the rhapsody of sensation
itself. You don’t listen to Once Twice Melody, you dissolve into it.”

Full review here. Score: 7.5/10.

TUTV: You can relax on cloud nine when Beach House comes up,
but a record of a total of 1h and 24 minutes really is way too long.

Stream full LP here…

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Baltimore’s Dream Pop Duo BEACH HOUSE Announces New Album And Shares 4 Tracks

New striking strokes

12 November 2021

Band: BEACH HOUSE
Who: Praised American tandem formed in Baltimore in 2004, featuring
vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally.
Active: Since 2005 / 7 studio LPs (new one included)

New album: ONCE TWICE MELODY – 18 tracks
Release: 18 February 2022 via Sub Pop

The 18 songs will be shared in four separate parts over the next few months,
followed by the full release. The first four tracks are Once Twice Melody (title track), Superstar, Pink Funeral and Trough Me. Four related reveries. Meditative, melodic,
multi-layered, smooth, electro-emotional, and glimmering with starry-eyed vocals.

The 4 starters…

Also on Spotify

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10 Questions For London’s Stirring Newcomers… SOMEDAYS

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

14 December 2018

London’s jangling SOMEDAYS are five young eager gunslingers with a great eclectic appetite for yesterday’s and today’s music and a determined intention to make their
very own special mark with buzzing electricity. The band’s rad debut EP ‘Knockout’
is a first impressive effort showing their immense sonic potential. There’s definitely something in the air and Turn Up The Volume is heavily curious to know more about
this hungry newcomers. Let’s start the acquaintance with a knockout…

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Hello and welcome Vittorio Jacobacci (Vocals), Eugenio Jacobacci (Guitar),
Jerome Rupf (Guitar), Matt Miller (Bass) and Eliseo Provezza (Drums).
Let’s roll…

1. What sparked all of you, guys, to start a band?
Jerome: “Gege, Vitto and Eli put together some demos last year. At some point or another, Matt and I heard them while staying over at their place and everything just flowed from there.”
Vitto: “Music always fascinated me, but I never felt like I had anything worthwhile to say. Then, I found myself in LA, 19 and with a very different feeling. It had to be a band because it’s just no fun without friends.”
Eli: “I had been hanging out with Vitto for a long time but we never worked on music together until he asked me to help record some demos he’d spent a long time on… I’d been in bands before but there was something different about those sessions and for me that was it. I was in for the ride.”
Gege: “Please get me out of here. I’ve been their prisoner for God knows how long and nobody helps me because they think I’m being ironic.”
Matt: “I was playing around London as a solo act and hanging out with the guys just made me want to be a part of it. I’m not a very outgoing but I felt at ease whenever they were around and the songs they were writing really spoke to me.”

2. What’s the story behind the group’s name?
Vitto: “Everyone thinks it comes from that Strokes song, but that’s not it. I spent a really long time in London hanging out with other artists and trying to develop a songwriting method that satisfied me and made me feel like what I did was unique. It was a fairly abstract process, so whenever someone asked me to show them a finished song I’d just reply “Someday”.

3. Your jingle-jangle sound, with The Strokes echoes, cuts big time. Any other artists that influenced your sonic identity so far?
Eli: “Our music is informed by lots of classical elements, which gives it that Strokes feeling at times. What we’re trying to do is to marry modality to psychedelia within the pop song, so time will hopefully tell us apart. Important influences to us are Kraftwerk, The Beach Boys, Talking Heads, The Feelies as well as Debussy and Nujabes.”

4. Storming debut single ‘WHEN WE LEFT’ got our attention instantly.
What’s the song about and how came it all together when recorded?

Vitto: ” ‘When We Left‘ is about the bittersweet melancholy of leaving something good behind. I can’t really tell you what it was cause I don’t want it finding me again. It’s the
very first song I wrote and we used to play it at the various open mic nights around London back when it was just Eli, Gege and me. It came together with a layering process rather than jamming one, and it kept evolving as Jerome and Matt joined. We wanted to maintain its live feel so it was recorded without any frills, just the way we played it.”


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5. How easy/difficult is it to shine in a crowdy, classic rock and pop city as London where a band is formed every 24 hours and what’s your masterplan to succeed?
Jerome: “Having many musicians around is good for us. We’re doing our thing and London is full of opportunities to play and sharpen your performance so we’re grateful if anything. There’s people streaming our songs on every continent now and our priority number one is to reach many more.”
Gege: We’re about trying to travel as much as possible and playing in small venues or festivals rather than obsessing over some magical mega-hit. It really isn’t much of a
party if we’re standing five feet above the crowd anyway.”

6. Which movie would you pick to visualize your
music on a big screen while playing a gig?

Koyaanisqatsi. We like it trippy.”

7. If you could go back into the past on whose door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Only Matt takes selfies but he’s terrified of time travel.”

8. Number one band/artist on SOMEDAYS’
list to go on tour with?

Neon Indian. Class act.”


Someday touring with Neon Indian

9. 2018 is almost over. What album and what track
will end up at the top of your end-of-the-year lists?

“Album: Singularity by Jon Hopkins.
Track: Luminous Beings from that album.”

10. Plans and wishes for 2019?
“Travelling and playing music is all we wanna do so that’s what we wish for. The plan?
We have been holding onto all of our favourite songs and we can’t wait to release them.
2019 is going to be the year.”

Thanks all of you for this chat.
May the road rise with SOMEDAYS!

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SOMEDAYS: Facebook – Instagram

(promo pics received via PR agency of Somedays)

BEACH HOUSE Launches Hallucinatory Video For Dark Daydream ‘DRUNK IN LA’…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

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11 September 2018

Last June Baltimore‘s inventive dream pop tandem BEACH HOUSE released their highly praised, seventh LP simply titled ‘7’ . And today the duo just launched an inventive and hallucinatory video for one of the most obscure tracks on the LP, darksome daydream ‘DRUNK IN LA‘. It’s directed by Spacemen 3’s Peter Kember, who also co-produced the whole album. Watch the clip here and get dizzy…

BEACH HOUSE: Facebook – Website