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Conscious that today is the Summer Solstice, so with that in mind I’ve rounded up my favourite new albums of the year so far; specifically those released between January until the end of June. They’re listed in sort of chronological order, in case you’re interested; certainly not by any kind of preferential ranking.

Anyway, I hope it provides further evidence of the year’s abundant musical riches. There’s a lot of great new music coming down the pipe, too; some of which I’ll share with you as soon as I’m permitted.

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1. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)
2. Cass McCombs – Tip Of The Sphere (Anti-)
3. Steve Gunn – The Unseen In Between (Matador)
4. William Tyler – William Tyler Goes West (Merge)
5. Michael Chapman – True North (Paradise Of Bachelors)
6. Beirut – Gallipoli (4AD)
7. Robert Forster – Inferno (Tapete Records)
8. Lambchop – This (is what I wanted to tell you) (City Slang)
9. Chris Forsyth – All Time Present (No Quarter)
10. Big Thief – UFO-F (4AD)
11. Garcia Peoples – Natural Facts (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
12. Alex Rex – Otterburn (Tin Angel)
13. Stephen Malkmus – Groove Denied (Domino)
14. Jenny Lewis – On The Line (Warners)
15. Pond – Tasmania (Marathon Artists)
16. Bill MacKay – Fountain Fire (Drag City)
17. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere (Glitterbeat)
18. The Comet Is Coming – Trust In The Lifeforce (Impulse! Records)
19. Wand – Laughing Matter (Drag City)
20. Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band – Pedal Steal + Four Corners (Paradise Of Bachelors)
21. Julia Jacklin – Crushing (Transgressive)
22. White Denim – Side Effects (City Slang)
23. Mac DeMarco – Here Comes The Cowboy (Mac’s Record Label)
24. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)
25. Bill Callahan – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest (Drag City)
26. Visible Cloak, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano – serenitatem (RVNG Intl)
27. The National – I Am Easy To Find (4AD)
28. Aldous Harding – Fixture Picture (4AD)
29. Solange – When I Get Home (RCA)
30. Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out Of Sight (Paradise Of Bachelors)
31. Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra present – Gorecki Symphony 3 (Domino)
32. Dream Syndicate – These Times (Anti-)
33. Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? (4AD)
34. PJ Harvey – All About Eve (Invada)
35. The Black Keys – “Let’s Rock” (Nonesuch)
36. Black Peaches – Fire In The Hole (Hanging Moon)
37. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains (Drag City)
38. Rose City Band – Rose City Band (Audiam)
39. Bedouine – Birds Songs Of A Killjoy (Spacebomb)
40. Calexico And Iron & Wine – Years To Burn (City Slang)
41. Guided By Voices – Warp & Woof (GBV Inc)
42. Bruce Hornsby – Absolute Zero (Thirty Tigers)
43. Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Servants Of The Sun (Silver Arrow)
44. Vanishing Twin – The Age Of Immunology (Fire)
45. Jeff Tweedy – Warmer (DBPM)
46. Lloyd Cole – Guesswork (Earmusic)
47. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (Columbia)
48. Mega Bog – Dophine (Paradise Of Bachelors)
49. Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 – Jola (Banana & Louie)
50. Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger (XL)
51. The Quiet Temple – The Quiet Temple (Point Of Departure)
52. Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society (Fire)
53. House And Land – Across The Field (Thrill Jockey)
54. Night Moves – Can You Really Find Me (Domino)
55. Flying Lotus – Flamagra (Warp)
56. Trash Kit – Horizon (Upset The Rhythm)
57. The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth (Bella Union)
58. 75 Dollar Bill – I Was Real (tak:til/ Glitterbeat)

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The August 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from June 13, and available to order online now – with Bruce Springsteen on the cover. Inside, you’ll find The Rolling Stones, The Raconteurs, Woodstock, Black Sabbath, Beak>, Doves, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Childish, the Flamingo Club and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including The Black Keys, 75 Dollar Bill, House And Land, Trash Kit, Mega Bog and more.

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