2023 Music

Here are all of the 2023 albums that I’ve listened to in 2023; a full explanation of how the categories work can be found at the bottom of the page.

If super-long lists of titles aren’t your thing, at the end of each year I publish a more complete look at my favourite 20 albums.


Young Fathers — Heavy Heavy
Lawrence English and Loscil — Colours of Air
Cloroform — The Smell
mark william lewis — Living
Will Epstein — Wendy
Meg Baird — Furling
Parannoul — After the Magic
John Frusciante — : I I .
The Go! Team — Get Up Sequences, Pt. 2
RAYE — My 21st Century Blues
Shania Twain — Queen Of Me
Somebody’s Child — Somebody’s Child
Mhaol — Attachment Styles
Jehst — Mork Calling Orson
The Reytons — What’s Rock and Roll?
Musa — Backroom


Kit Downes & Sebastian Rochford — A Short Diary


abracadabra — shapes & colors
Gabrielle Aplin — Phosphorescent
The Arcs — Electrophonic Chronic
Ava Max — Diamonds & Dancefloors
Bass Drum of Death — Say I Won’t
Belle and Sebastian — Late Developers
Billy Nomates — CACTI
John Cale — Mercy
Circa Waves — Never Going Under
Complete Mountain Almanac — Complete Mountain Almanac
Gaz Coombes — Turn The Car Around
Deathprod — Compositions
Declaime and Madlib — In the Beginning (Vol. 3)
Mac DeMarco — Five Easy Hot Dogs
Nicole Dollanganger — Married in Mount Airy
Fireworks — Higher Lonely Power
Fucked Up — One Day
Núria Graham — Cyclamen
Guided By Voices — La La Land
Gumshoes — Dreadnought, Dreadnought
Mette Henriette — Drifting
Illiterate Light — Sunburned
Jadu Heart — Derealised
Joesef — Permanent Damage
Elle King — Come Get Your Wife
Ladytron — Time’s Arrow
Låpsley — Cautionary Tales of Youth
SG Lewis — AudioLust & HigherLove
Kali Malone — Does Spring Hide Its Joy
King Tuff — Smalltown Stardust
MOLLY — Picturesque
Liela Moss — Internal Working Model
Oddisee — To What End
Oozing Wound — We Cater To Cowards
Rozi Plain — Prize
Margo Price — Strays
Puzzle — The Rotten Opera
RHODES — Friends Like These
Ropes Inside A Hole — A Man and His Nature
Ryuichi Sakamoto — 12
Samia — Honey
Sam Smith — Gloria
Strategy — Graffiti in Space
The Subways — Uncertain Joys
Tidal Wave — The Lord Knows
The Tubs — Dead Meat
Noriko Tujiko — Crépuscule I & II
We Are Scientists — Lobes
White Reaper — Asking For A Ride
Jonah Yano — Portrait of a Dog
James Yorkston, Nina Persson et al — The Great White Sea Eagle


Frostbitt — Machine Destroy
Sightless Pit — Lockstep Bloodwar

Previous Year

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The top section of the list (New) is my queue; albums that pique my interest get added here as I discover them. My intention is to give each record at least one full play-through, hopefully more. Once I’ve done that, it gets filed in one of the other three sections of the list:

  • 1 is for records I’m really into and which I am playing a lot;
  • 2 is for albums that I like — maybe even quite a bit — but which haven’t set my world on fire;
  • 3 is essentially the ‘thanks, but no thanks’ section

Most albums that I find interesting enough to add to New, end up in section 2, with 1 being a higher bar to clear. Usually it turns out there are only a small number of records each year that end up in 3. I continue to listen to albums after they’ve moved out of the queue, and they can jump between sections. (The ↺ symbol next to an entry is me reminding myself to give a record more time.) Nothing’s final, until it’s time to compose my end of year top 20.

NB. Only full length studio albums of original music released in 2022 go on this list: no EPs, no live albums, no cover records, no remixes, no releases before this year. Of course I still play a lot of that stuff, I just don’t track it.