From Post Malone, Joey Bada$$, Vance Joy, MUNA, Soccer Mommy, and many more.
by Tyler Appleby
Angel Olsen – ‘Big Time’
- There’s not many in the indie scene with a voice as beautiful as Angel Olsen’s. Big Time marks her return, and features some of the best tracks of her career including “All The Good Times” and “Through The Fires”. Angel is back to her more rocking sound with this new record, which is accompanied by a 28-minute film debuting on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel on June 2nd. About to embark on a tour with indie legends Sharon Van Etten and Julien Baker, Angel is poised to have one of the biggest years of her career yet.
Post Malone – ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’
- Posty is back this month with Twelve Carat Toothache, his first full-length project since 2019’s Hollywood’s Bleeding. Boasting features from Doja Cat, Fleet Foxes, The Kid Laroi, and others, this new record from Post looks to be the most experimental and exciting release we’ve heard from him. Sure to have the same chill and wavy production from his past records, Twelve Carat Toothache is set to be the soundtrack to your summer.
070 Shake – ‘You Can’t Kill Me’
- Following up her criminally underrated debut Modus Vivendi, GOOD Music artist 070 Shake is back with You Can’t Kill Me. With production and engineering from Johan Lenox and Mike Dean, this project looks to build on 070 Shake’s harmonic R&B sound. 070 Shake has quickly become one of the premier artists in her genre due to her singular sound, and this record looks to cement her as the most exciting young voice in R&B.
Vance Joy – ‘In Our Own Sweet Time’
- The king of the summer sunshine vibe is back with In Our Own Sweet Time, his third album written entirely in lockdown. The 12-track album features production from some of pop’s biggest hitmakers, like Joel Little (Lorde, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes) and Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves, MUNA, Maren Morris), and already has a potential song of the summer with “Missing Pieces”. After taking four years off between projects, Vance is back with his most ambitious project yet.
BTS – ‘Proof’
- K-Pop superstars BTS are set to release their new record Proof this month, which will undoubtedly be one of the biggest releases of 2022. This THREE disc collection features old tracks from the group’s discography, with the addition of three new songs that introduce the new chapter of their career. Announced through a rather cryptic video on social media that ended with the tagline “We Are Bulletproof”, the record is surely one that’ll be everything BTS fans have been dreaming of.
Joyce Manor – ‘40 oz. To Fresno’
- Joyce Manor is undoubtedly one of the coolest bands in the punk-rock scene. Known for their very concise songs, usually under 2 minutes, their new record 40 oz. To Fresno continues that approach with a short tracklist to match. The lead single “Gotta Let It Go” packs a massive punch, while their follow-up “Don’t Try” dives into a more post-punk sound with an insanely catchy chorus. Not many bands are as exciting as Joyce Manor, and this record is one you don’t want to miss.
Carrie Underwood – ‘Denim & Rhinestones’
- Country superstar Carrie Underwood is back this month with her ninth studio album titled Denim & Rhinestones, featuring the hit singles “Ghost Story” and “Crazy Angels”. Made in collaboration with producer David Garcia, who was behind her previous record Cry Pretty, this record marks her long-awaited return after four years. With co-writes from her “If I Didn’t Love You” team and a more introspective approach, Denim & Rhinestones should be her most interesting and refreshing record yet.
Perfume Genius – ‘Ugly Season’
- Iconic alternative artist Mike Hadreas, known to the world as Perfume Genius, will release his sixth studio record Ugly Season midway through the month. While we haven’t heard anything from the record yet, we can likely expect the poignant and sharp songwriting that Hadreas has delivered throughout his entire career. Ugly Season is being released alongside a short film directed by visual artist Jacob Satterwhite, the visionary behind Solange’s When I Get Home short film and should be one of the most striking music events of the year.
Logic – ‘Vinyl Days’
- Rapid-fire exuberant rapper Logic comes out of retirement yet again with his new record Vinyl Days this month, the follow-up album to his 2020 release No Pressure. This is Logic’s first release since Bobby Tarantino III, his initial return from his brief retirement, and has the potential to be his best record yet. With a wide array of features including Blu & Exile, Russ, and DJ Premier, the record sees Logic returning to an old-school rap sound. It seems like nowadays Logic is embracing his place in the rap landscape, and Vinyl Days should solidify that.
Joey Bada$$ – ‘2000’
- It’s hard to believe it’s been over five years since the release of the revelatory All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, as tracks like “DEVASTATED” and “TEMPTATION” have become the soundtrack to parties all around the world. Starring in comedy series Boomerang and Oscar-winning drama series Mr. Robot have kept him busy, but Joey Bada$$ is back with 2000. Featuring the anthemic single “THE REV3NGE” along with “Head High”, the record sees Joey returning to the forever relevant themes of his previous records. It’s not often we get new music from Joey, and 2000 should be the return we’ve all been waiting for.
Bartees Strange – ‘Farm to Table’
- If there’s any new artist in the alternative scene you must keep an eye on, it’s Bartees Strange. His new record Farm to Table follows his brilliant debut Live Forever from 2020 and features some of the most eloquent songwriting of the year so far. Rooted by his beautifully powerful voice, all three singles showcase everything that makes Bartees Strange so compelling. “Hold The Line” is an emotionally profound powerhouse, while “Heavy Heart” is a masterclass in catharsis. I could talk about how wonderful and important Bartees Strange is forever, but for now, go listen to his singles and check out Farm to Table on June 17th.
Foals – ‘Life Is Yours’
- English rock band Foals are set to release their highly anticipated new record Life Is Yours, which sees the band going in a more danceable and energetic direction. Their latest single “2001” is an insanely joyous bop, while “Wake Me Up” is the latest anthem within the pop-rock genre. Life Is Yours is set to be the “poppiest record they’ve ever made”, and is one of the most exciting rock records of 2022.
Soccer Mommy – ‘Sometimes, Forever’
- Nashville alternative queen Soccer Mommy is back with her highly anticipated third record Sometimes, Forever, featuring the endlessly catchy single “Shotgun”. With incredibly pure songwriting and unforgettable hooks, Soccer Mommy is one of the most exciting artists within the entire alternative genre. This record’s production is helmed by Oneohtrix Point Never, the electronic artist known for his work with The Weeknd, ROSALIA, and FKA twigs, and adds an entirely new layer to Soccer Mommy’s already rich sound. This record is sure to blow you away, and will definitely be on many “best-of” lists at the end of the year.
Jack Johnson – ‘Meet the Moonlight’
- Jack Johnson is here with the most striking record of his illustrious career, Meet the Moonlight. Produced by Blake Mills, known for his solo work along with his production for the Alabama Shakes, Phoebe Bridgers, and Perfume Genius, the record sees Jack moving into an entirely new spaced-out sound. If the title-track single “Meet the Moonlight” proves anything, it’s that the match of Jack and Blake might be one made in heaven.
Conan Gray – ‘Superache’
- Is there anyone in music with a voice as tender as Conan Gray? Pop artist and noted best friend of Olivia Rodrigo releases his sophomore record this month titled Superache, an album rooted in nostalgia and existentialism. Featuring singles “Memories”, “Jigsaw”, and the soaring “Yours”, the record shows Conan taking a massive step forward with his already superb songwriting. If you’re a fan of Olivia Rodrigo or Finneas, definitely check this record out.
Alexisonfire – ‘Otherness’
- Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire is back with Otherness, their first album in 13 years. After taking many years off due to Dallas Green’s solo career as City & Colour taking off, as well as members discovering other passions, the band is finally back with a new project of music and months of tour dates. We got a taste of their new music in 2019 with the single “Familiar Drugs”, and have since been blessed with new singles including “Sans Soleil” and “Reverse the Curse”. This new record is set to make up for 13 years worth of lost time.
MUNA – ‘MUNA’
- Bands nowadays are few and far between but MUNA continues to deliver. With some of the most exciting and catchy singles of the year including “Home By Now”, “Anything But Me”, and the knockout “Silk Chiffon” featuring Phoebe Bridgers, this self-titled record has the potential to make MUNA one of the biggest bands in the world. It also marks their first release on Bridgers’ Dead Oceans imprint label Saddest Factory Records, home to artists like Charlie Hickey and Sloppy Jane. If you’re looking for catchy pop anthems to carry you through the summer, look no further than this new record from MUNA.