This isn’t a year many will look back on too fondly, and with tours postponed and album releases delayed, you’d be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t a great year for new music, but you’d be wrong. If you happen to have a lot of time on your hands, for whatever reason, give some of these a spin…
A triumphant return after a 11-year hiatus. Jimi Goodwin’s soothing tones are more welcome now than ever.
Stream: Cathedrals Of The Mind, Carousels.
Balancing the bizarre with the mainstream has been Biffy’s challenge for the past 10 years and on this album they’ve struck the balance perfectly.
Stream: Cop Syrup, Tiny Indoor Fireworks.
A blistering, cathartic record that finishes as abruptly as it explodes into life.
Stream: It’s Cool, Young At Heart.
What if Art Brut but with actual singing? The best debut album of the year by a country mile, will leave you wanting to learn every last whip-smart lyric.
Stream: Lander, Here’s The Thing.
Combines all the best bits of their first two albums into a delightfully cohesive whole.
Stream: Can You Afford To Be An Individual? Is Everybody Going Crazy?
The way the first half of this album seamlessly flows together and the general production values show that this is a band at the peak of their powers.
Stream: Fall, Pushing Daisies.
Arguably the most zeitgeisty album on this list – written in 2019, but all the more relevant in 2020.
Stream: History Has Its Eyes On You, A Billion Heartbeats.
Catrin Vincent’s fascinatingly androgynous voice lifts this haunting record into the realm of the extraordinary.
Stream: How Long? Fell In Love With The City.
Their first album in 14 years is a nostalgic treat that hits all the right notes.
Stream: Empty Houses, No One Can Be Nowhere.
Goth-punk breakout stars defy logic by completely reinventing themselves as glam-rock crooners for their second album – a brave move that really paid off.
Stream: Cyanide, Napalm Girls.