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The Best Albums of 2023


FRXDAY's Best New Albums From 2023

We've rounded up all of our top recommendations from 2023 into one playlist to highlight FRXDAY's best new albums of the year. The playlist is sorted alphabetically into both Brennan and Sabrina's individual Top 4, and then alphabetically by genre. Playlist is available at the bottom of the post.


Brennan's Top 4

Artist: Adult Leisure

Album: Present State of Joy and Grief EP

Listen to First: "You Weren’t There When I Needed"


Artist: Sundara Karma

Album: Better Luck Next Time

Listen to First: "Wishing Well"


Artist: Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Album: I Love You

Listen to First: "I Used To Be Fun"


Artist: Viji

Album: So Vanilla

Listen to First: "Sedative"


Sabrina's Top 4

Artist: BAMBII

Album: Infinity Club EP

Listen to First: "One Touch"


Artist: Deb Never

Album: Thank You For Attending EP

Listen to First: "Momentary Sweetheart"


Artist: Ralphie Choo

Album: Supernova

Listen to First: "GATA"


Artist: Vagabon

Album: Sorry I Haven’t Called

Listen to First: "Can I Talk My Shit?"


Alternative

Artist: Black Honey

Album: A Fistful of Peaches

Listen to First: "Weirdos"


Artist: Breeze

Album: Sour Grapes

Listen to First: "Heart Attack Waiting to Happen"


Artist: Cam Kahin

Album: WHEN IT’S ALL OVER EP

Listen to First: "what are you waiting for"


Artist: Chasms

Album: Glimpse of Heaven

Listen to First: "Ache"


Artist: Chika

Album: SAMSON: The album

Listen to First: "PLAIN JANE"


Artist: Citizen

Album: Calling the Dogs

Listen to First: "If You're Lonely"


Artist: crushed

Album: extra life EP

Listen to First: "bedside"


Artist: cruush

Album: Wishful Thinker EP

Listen to First: "Sombre by the Weekend"


Artist: Dove Armitage

Album: Concernless EP

Listen to First: "Brittle"


Artist: Eli Hurts

Album: Ouch, Eli Hurts

Listen to First: "Them ft. Love Fame Tragedy"


Artist: Extranauts

Album: The Alchemist

Listen to First: "Lazarus"


Artist: Fever Ray

Album: Radical Romantics

Listen to First: "Shiver"


Artist: Fiddlehead

Album: Death is Nothing to Us

Listen to First: "Sullenboy"


Artist: Haviah Mighty

Album: Crying Crystals

Listen to First: "Room Service"


Artist: Hey Colossus

Album: In Blood

Listen to First: "I Could Almost Care"


Artist: Hurry

Album: Don’t Look Back

Listen to First: "Beggin' For You"


Artist: Last Dinosaurs

Album: RYU

Listen to First: "Afterlife"


Artist: Lucky Lo

Album: The Big Feel

Listen to First: "Casual Love"


Artist: The Luka State

Album: More Than This

Listen to First: "Bring Us Down"


Artist: Magic Wands

Album: Switch

Listen to First: "Falling Trees"


Artist: MAUVEY

Album: BEFORE THE ALBUM 2: a brief overview

Listen to First: "EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE"


Artist: MAY-A

Album: Analysis Paralysis EP

Listen to First: "ifyoulikeitlikethat"


Artist: Meg Myers

Album: TZIA

Listen to First: "My Mirror"

Artist: the moss

Album: Insomnia EP

Listen to First: "Insomnia"


Artist: Nathan Connolly (of Snow Patrol)

Album: The Strange Order of Things

Listen to First: "Fires"


Artist: Never

Album: No Guarantee EP

Listen to First: "Hard to Go"


Artist: Now More Than Ever

Album: Creatrix

Listen to First: "Heart To Heart"


Artist: promqueen

Album: szn one

Listen to First: "liteweight"


Artist: sadie

Album: Tides EP

Listen to First: "Tides"


Artist: Sarah Morrison

Album: Attachment Figure

Listen to First: "Gray Apples"


Artist: Skinny Pelembe

Album: Hardly the Same Snake

Listen to First: "Like A Heart Won't Beat"


Artist: Slaney Bay

Album: Why Does Love Mean Loss? EP

Listen to First: "Move On"


Artist: Slauson Malone 1

Album: EXCELSIOR

Listen to First: "New Joy"


Artist: Susanne Sundfør

Album: blómi

Listen to First: "leikara ljóð"


Artist: Thy Slaughter (A.G. Cook and EASYFUN)

Album: Soft Rock

Listen to First: "Reign"


Artist: Twin Princess

Album: Blood Moon

Listen to First: "Allston"

Artist: The Velvet Hands

Album: Sucker Punch

Listen to First: "Holiday in My Head"


Artist: Widows Gold

Album: Love Drops

Listen to First: "Inside"


Artist: Wings of Desire

Album: Life is Infinite

Listen to First: "Choose A Life"


Ambient

Artist: Bailey Miller

Album: love is a dying

Listen to First: "cul-de-sac"


Americana

Artist: BAILEN

Album: Tired Hearts

Listen to First: "Change Your Mind"


Artist: Charlie Kaplan

Album: Country Life in America

Listen to First: "Gas Station Bathroom"


Artist: Lori McKenna

Album: 1988

Listen to First: "Killing Me (feat. Hillary Lindsey)


Artist: Max Jury

Album: Avenues

Listen to First: "Is This Love?"


Artist: Parker Millsap

Album: Wilderness Within You

Listen to First: "So Far Apart"


Artist: SUSTO

Album: My Entire Life

Listen to First: "My Entire Life"


Bluegrass

Artist: Mighty Poplar

Album: Mighty Poplar

Listen to First: "Up on the Divide"


Country

Artist: Brooke Eden

Album: Outlaw Love EP

Listen to First: "Outlaw Love"


Artist: Dougie Poole

Album: The Rainbow Wheel of Death

Listen to First: "High School Gym"


Artist: Ruston Kelly

Album: The Weakness

Listen to First: "Hellfire"

Artist: Willie Jones

Album: Something To Dance To

Listen to First: "Something To Dance To"


Electronic

Artist: 99LETTERS

Album: Zigoku / 地獄

Listen to First: "Shi"


Artist: Aho Ssan

Album: Rhizomes

Listen to First: "Le Tremblement" ft. Nicolas Jaar


Artist: Grandbrothers

Album: Late Reflections

Listen to First: "North/South"


Artist: Iris Ell

Album: Undergod EP

Listen to First: "Moderation"


Artist: Kelvin Krash

Album: HARSH

Listen to First: "PROMISE YOU'LL WAIT"


Artist: Lamorn

Album: Forever

Listen to First: "Who We Are"


Artist: MJ Nebreda

Album: Arepa Mixtape

Listen to First: "Rápido" ft. Ana Macho


Emo

Artist: Can’t Swim

Album: Thanks But No Thanks

Listen to First: "i heard they found you face down inside your living room"


Artist: Kicksie

Album: Slouch

Listen to First: "Wish I Was (Anyone Else)" ft. Mei


Artist: Teenage Halloween

Album: Till You Return

Listen to First: "Getting Bitter"


Folk

Artist: Abraham Alexander

Album: SEA/SONS

Listen to First: "Stay" ft. Gary Clark Jr.


Artist: Photo Ops

Album: Burns Bright

Listen to First: "You Must Not Need A Friend At All"


Artist: Runnner

Album: Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out

Listen to First: "i only sing about food"

Artist: Wilder Woods

Album: FEVER / SKY

Listen to First: "Maestro (Tears Don't Lie)"


Hip-Hop & Rap

Artist: FUFU

Album: 7Z7

Listen to First: "COMPL1CADO"


Artist: H31R

Album: Headspace

Listen to First: "Backwards"


Artist: JasonMartin, Problem, The Melodiks

Album: I Owe Myself

Listen to First: "FUPAYME (feat. Nate Curry)"


Artist: KAMAUU

Album: Lacuna in the House of Mirrors

Listen to First: "switch up"


Artist: Luv Leek

Album: Lethal Luv

Listen to First: "WILLEM DAFOE"


Artist: Miso Extra

Album: MSG EP

Listen to First: "R10"


Artist: Oddisee

Album: To What End

Listen to First: "Try Again"


Indie

Artist: Ailbhe Reddy

Album: Endless Affair

Listen to First: "Inhaling"


Artist: ANOHNI and Antony and the Johnsons

Album: My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross

Listen to First: "There Wasn't Enough"


Artist: Babebee

Album: A Prophecy EP

Listen to First: "VIDEO GAME"


Artist: Bad Veins

Album: Imposter

Listen to First: "Wendy"


Artist: Becca Mancari

Album: Left Hand

Listen to First: "You Don't Scare Me"


Artist: Best Fern

Album: Earth Then Air

Listen to First: "See Me"


Artist: Blondshell

Album: Blondshell

Listen to First: "Veronica Mars"


Artist: Cody Lawless

Album: Sunshine State of a Happy Camper

Listen to First: "I'm So Lucky"


Artist: Crooks & Nannies

Album: No Fun EP

Listen to First: "Sorry"


Artist: Dirty Nice

Album: Surrenderland

Listen to First: "Sophie, What's Up"


Artist: Elizabeth Moen

Album: For Arthur EP

Listen to First: "I Couldn't Say It To Your Face


Artist: Evangeline

Album: Fuzzy

Listen to First: "Hermione"


Artist: Flawes

Album: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

Listen to First: "Is It Any Wonder"


Artist: The Hails

Album: What’s Your Motive

Listen to First: "Caligula"


Artist: Hak Baker

Album: Worlds End FM

Listen to First: "Bricks in the Wall"


Artist: Helena Deland

Album: Goodnight Summerland

Listen to First: "Bright Green Vibrant Grey"


Artist: JayWood

Album: Grown On EP

Listen to First: "Thank You (OG Version)"

Artist: Johanna Samuels

Album: Bystander

Listen to First: "Inside Girl"


Artist: Kabeaushé

Album: HOLD ON TO DEER LIFE, THERE’S A BLCAK BOY BEHIND YOU!

Listen to First: "GO WITH GUT"


Artist: Kris Ulrich

Album: Big in the USA

Listen to First: "Friends on the Internet"


Artist: La Fonda

Album: We Are Infinite

Listen to First: "The Calling"


Artist: LANNDS

Album: Music for the Future

Listen to First: "Overseas/BACK 2 U"

Artist: Lauren Auder

Album: the infinite spine

Listen to First: "hawthorne81"


Artist: Léa Sen

Album: You of Now, Pt. 2 EP

Listen to First: "Dragonfly"


Artist: LIES (Mike & Nate Kinsella)

Album: Lies

Listen to First: "Blemishes"

Artist: lilo

Album: I Don’t Like My Chances on the Outside EP

Listen to First: "Spit Up"


Artist: Liza Anne

Album: Utopian

Listen to First: "Shania Twain Is Making Me Cry"


Artist: Lutalo

Album: Again EP

Listen to First: "PLPH"


Artist: Milku

Album: You Make Me Feel Beautiful EP

Listen to First: "Alone"


Artist: Nakhane

Album: Bastard Jargon

Listen to First: "Standing In Our Way"


Artist: néomí

Album: after EP

Listen to First: "red balloon"


Artist: Overcoats

Album: Winner

Listen to First: "New Suede Shoes"


Artist: PJ Western

Album: Here I Go

Listen to First: "Human Machines"

Artist: The Royston Club

Album: Shaking Hips and Crashing Cars

Listen to First: "Blisters"


Artist: Sad Boys Club

Album: Lullabies From The Lightning Tree

Listen to First: "To Heal Without a Scar (Is a Waste of a Good Wound)"


Artist: Safree

Album: Ritual

Listen to First: "Melocotón"


Artist: Selines

Album: Ojos Vacios

Listen to First: "Todos Es Falso"


Artist: Sen Morimoto

Album: Diagnosis

Listen to First: "Pain"

Artist: Softcult

Album: see you in the dark EP

Listen to First: "Someone2Me"


Artist: Steve Marino

Album: Too Late to Start Again

Listen to First: "Got You (In My World Now)"


Artist: Tei Shi

Album: BAD PREMONITION EP

Listen to First: "¿QUIÉN TE MANDA?"


Artist: Tiberius b

Album: DIN EP

Listen to First: "Twofer"


Artist: tofusmell

Album: Humor

Listen to First: "Basil Noodles"


Latin

Artist: dadá Joãozinho

Album: tds bem Global

Listen to First: "Ô Lulu"


Artist: Marco Mares

Album: LOS FELIZ

Listen to First: "autodistruir"

Artist: MAVICA

Album: sometimes a person never comes back (but that’s okay)

Listen to First: "no puedo decir que no (no regrets)"


Artist: Paula Cendejas

Album: FOMO

Listen to First: "x ti'


Metal

Artist: Ihsahn

Album: Fasination Street Sessions

Listen to First: "Contorted Monuments"


Pop

Artist: GUNNAR

Album: Best Mistake

Listen to First: "The Chase"


Artist: N NAO

Album: L’eau et les rêves

Listen to First: "11:11"

Artist: Tungz

Album: A Good Dream

Listen to First: "Messages"


Pop Punk

Artist: Meet Me @ The Altar

Album: Past // Present // Future

Listen to First: "Say It (To My Face)"

Artist: Unarmed

Album: It’s Like That EP

Listen to First: "The Perfect Summer"


Punk

Artist: The Bouncing Souls

Album: Ten Stories High

Listen to First: "Ten Stories High"

Artist: CIVIC

Album: Taken By Force

Listen to First: "Born In The Heat"

Artist: Deeper

Album: Careful!

Listen to First: "Sub"


Artist: Equipment

Album: Alt. Account

Listen to First: "Hollister Henleys"


Artist: Frost Children

Album: Hearth Room

Listen to First: "Got Me By The Tail"


Artist: Lathe of Heaven

Album: Bound By Naked Skies

Listen to First: "Ekpyrosis"

Artist: Low Praise

Album: DRESSING

Listen to First: "Time Is Calling"


Artist: Scowl

Album: Psychic Dance Routine EP

Listen to First: "Psychic Dance Routine"


Artist: Trophy Eyes

Album: Suicide and Sunshine

Listen to First: "Blue Eyed Boy"

Artist: Who is She?

Album: Goddess Energy

Listen to First: "Shania"

Artist: With Honor

Album: Boundless

Listen to First: "Open Hands"


R&B

Artist: Jonah Yano

Album: Portrait of a Dog

Listen to First: "leslianne"


Artist: KayCyy

Album: TW2052

Listen to First: "NO COLD (prod. Gesaffelstein)"


Artist: Reggie Becton

Album: SadBoy Vol. 1 EP

Listen to First: "Life - Extended Version"


Artist: Renao

Album: A Space Between Orange & Blue EP

Listen to First: "BLIND"


Artist: SIPHO.

Album: Prayers & Paranoia

Listen to First: "SOBER"


Artist: Winny

Album: Winny EP

Listen to First: "Don't Leave"


Artist: Young Fathers

Album: Heavy Heavy

Listen to First: "Geronimo"


Rock

Artist: Ibex Clone

Album: All Channels Clear

Listen to First: "Nothing Ever Changes"


Artist: Me Rex

Album: Giant Elk

Listen to First: "Giant Giant Giant"


Artist: Narrow Head

Album: Moments of Clarity

Listen to First: "Moments of Clarity"


Artist: Object of Affection

Album: Field of Appearances

Listen to First: "Half Life"


Artist: PÆRISH

Album: You’re in both dreams (and you’re scared)

Listen to First: "Houses of American Style"

Artist: Pigeon Wigs

Album: Rock By Numbers

Listen to First: "Death Of A King"


Artist: Purling Hiss

Album: Drag on Girard

Listen to First: "Yer All In My Dreams"


Artist: Single Mothers

Album: Roy

Listen to First: "Sad Dumb Game"


Artist: Sun Room

Album: Outta Their Minds EP

Listen to First: "Cadillac"


Singer-Songwriter

Artist: — Murray A. Lightburn (of The Deers)

Album: Once Upon a Time in Montreal

Listen to First: "Oh But My Heart Has Never Been Dark"


World

Artist: Baaba Maal

Album: Being

Listen to First: "Boboyillo"



Best Albums of 2023 Playlist




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