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Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year-end list. Enjoy!

Top Picks

Aesop Rock x Blockhead – Garbology (abstract hip-hop)

It’s genuinely surprising to me that Garbology took this long to see the light of day. Well, not this collection of tracks specifically, but just the general concept of an Aesop Rock album fully produced by longtime collaborator Blockhead. They duo have built up an insane catalog of abstract hip-hop bangers since they teamed up for “Plastic Soldiers” from Aesop’s debut Music for Earthworms (1997). Like many people, the chemistry and individual talent they displayed with “None Shall Pass” provided me with an unforgettable introduction to both of their discographies. Aesop’s output speaks for itself, but Blockhead has maintained an impressive career in his own right, particularly his work with Billy Woods on the criminally underrated Dour Candy (2013). The hype alone would be enough to make this my top pick for the week, but after hearing “Jazz Hands,” I’m confident that the consensus among hip-hop heads will be that an Aesop/Blockhead album was long overdue.

See Also: They Might Be Giants – BOOK (indie pop, alt-rock); My favorite pandemic discovery might be the self-titled debut from one of rock’s quirkiest bands. I’d of course heard about The Might Be Giants before last year (thanks, Tiny Toons), but actually hearing them on a proper album was one of the weirdest and downright fun experiences I’ve heard from a “pop” record in a while. Their latest cartoons-meet-college-rock soundtrack is fittingly accompanied by a 144-page book, featuring art photography and “typographic lyric illustrations.”

Scott

Best of the Rest

Agony Reigns – The Tragedy in Understanding Nothing (melodeath, thrash)

Damon Albarn – The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows (art pop, downtempo)

All Hail the Yeti – Within the Hollow Earth (southern metal)

Ars Magna Umbrae – Throne Between Worlds (atmospheric black metal)

Bailer – Disposable Youth (hardcore, metalcore)

Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time (indie rock, slacker rock)

Belore – Artefacts (blackened power metal)

Bonded – Into Blackness (thrash)

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak – Silk Sonic (r&b, soul)

Burial Waves – Holy Ground (post-rock, post-hardcore)

Burntfield – Impermanence (prog rock, alt-rock)

Cân Bardd – Devoured By The Oak (atmospheric black metal, folk metal) 

Cave Bastard – Wrath of the Bastard (prog death)

Creature – Eloge De l’Ombre (progressive black metal)

Curse of Denial – The Reckoning (death metal)

Dauþuz – Vom schwarzen Schmied (atmospheric black metal)

Dawn of Solace – Flames of Perdition (gothic metal, prog metal)

Delta Sleep – Spring Island (math rock, post-hardcore)

Demonic Temple – Through The Stars Into the Abyss (black metal)

The Dodos – Grizzly Peak (indie rock, neo-psych)

Eucharist – I Am The Void (melodeath, melodic black metal)

Fueled by Fire – Past…Present…No Future Pt. 1 (thrash)

Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined (ambient, new age)

Haunt – Unplugged Vol. 1 (acoustic metal)

Hollywood Burns – The Age of the Saucers (synthwave, darksynth)

Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy (IDM, microhouse)

Idles – CRAWLER (art punk, post-punk)

Irreversible Entanglements – Open the Gates (jazz poetry, free jazz)

Kanaan – Earthbound (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Killrazer – The Burial Begins (blackened power thrash?)

Makthaverskan – För Allting (jangle pop, post-punk)

Milton Man Gogh – The Great Rest (experimental jazz, contemporary jazz)

Monument of Misanthrophy – Unterweger (brutal death metal)

NNAMDÏ – Are You Happy (math pop, alternative r&b)

Obscura Qalma – Apotheosis (blackened orchestral death metal)

Outrun The Sunlight – A Vast Field of Silence (prog metal, post-metal)

Portico Quartet – Monument (nu-jazz, ambient jazz)

Rise Against – Nowhere Sessions EP (melodic punk)

The Seafloor Cinema – In Cinemascope With Stereophonic Sound (emo, math rock)

Sega Bodega – Romeo (art pop, deconstructed club)

Silent Planet – Iridescent (metalcore, post-hardcore)

Speedy Ortiz – The Death of Speedy Ortiz & Cop Kicker .​.​.​Forever (slacker rock, noise pop)

THÅRN – Collisions (post-metal, post-hardcore)

Temple Fang – Fang Temple (space rock, krautrock)

They Might Be Giants – BOOK (indie pop, alt-rock)

Thy Grave – Filth (doom-sludge)

200 STAB WOUNDS – Slave to the Scalpel (death metal, slam)

Unleashed – No Sign Of Life (death metal)

Vomit The Soul – Cold (death metal)

Walk the Moon – Heights (pop rock, indie pop)

Weval – Changed For The Better (downtempo, ambient pop)

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