Posted on Thursday 29th December 2022 at 09:43
As we wave goodbye to 2022 and look forward to 2023 and all the great shows on offer, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you our favourite albums of the year!
There were so many incredible releases this year, but we've chosen 20 of our favourites to let you know about across 4 parts, here are the final set of five!
For fans of: black midi, Petrol Girls, Squid
Released: 9th September
What the critics say: "The London duo’s relentless commitment to innovation will thrill newcomers and ardent fans alike." - NME
Stand out track: Concrete Over Water
See Jockstrap live in Nottingham and Oxford in February. TICKETS HERE.
Belle and Sebastian - A Bit of Previous
For fans of: The Magnetic Fields, Yo La Tengo, The New Pornographers
Released: 6th May
What the critics say: "Over the course of their 30-year long career, Belle and Sebastian have had a knack for creating earworms, and this record is no exception." - Clash
Stand out track: Talk to Me, Talk to Me
See Belle & Sebastian on tour next year. TICKETS HERE.
Big Joanie - Back Home
For fans of: Gilla Band, Naima Bock, Wu-Lu
Released: 4th November
What the critics say: "Back Home shows increased confidence in production, without sacrificing any of the immediacy that make this trio one to watch." - The Skinny
Stand out track: In My Arms
See Bog Joanie live in London and Manchester next month. TICKETS HERE.
Viagra Boys - Cave World
For fans of: shame, Sleaford Mods, Snapped Ankles
Released: 8th July
What the critics say: “Simply put, Cave World is a brilliantly fun album and the perfect soundtrack to a world coming out of massive two year hangover. It’s a record that will surely see Viagra Boys take their growing status to fully-deserved new levels." - Gigwise
Stand out track: Ain't No Thief
Viagra Boys show in Nottingham has now sold out. JOIN THE WAITING LIST HERE.
Orlando Weeks - Hop Up
For fans of: The Maccabees, Bess Atwell, Willie J Healey
Released: 14th January
What the critics say: "On this second indie-pop album inspired by parenthood, the singer sounds more optimistic than ever – and his endlessly sunny outlook is infectious" - NME
Stand out track: Deep Down Way Out
See Orlando Weeks live in York, Nottingham and Bristol next March. TICKETS HERE.