#NewMusicFriday: A Year In New Music

Here are 120-something albums released in 2020 that made the unusually challenging year more bearable.

Pink Siifu: NEGRO
Melt Yourself Down: 100%
Armand Hammer: Shrines
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou: May Our Chambers Be Full
Jeremy Cunningham: The Weather Up There

Jeff Parker: Suite for Max Brown
Tygapaw: Get Free
Nadine Shah: Kitchen Sink
Sophie Hutchings: Scattered on the Wind
Westside Gunn: Pray for Paris

Everything is Recorded: FRIDAY FOREVER
Empress Of: I’m Your Empress Of
Thundercat: It Is What It Is
Purity Ring: Womb
Nadia Reed: Out of My Province

Mary Halverson’s Girl Code: Artlessly Falling
The Koreatown Oddity: Little Dominiques Nosebleed
Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin: Stygian Bough Vol.1
Baxter Dury: The Night Chancers

Speaker Music: Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry
Lee Ranaldo, Raül Refree: Names of North End Women
Ghostpoet: I Grow Tired but Dare Not Fall Asleep
Wilma Archer: A Western Circular
Actress: Karma & Desire

Sault: Untitled (Black Is)
Sólstafir: Endless Twilight of Codependent Love
Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E. Harris: EarthSeed
Irreversible Entanglements: Who Sent You?
Heather Leigh: Glory Days

Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher
Perfume Genius: Set My Heart on Fire
Adrienne Lenker: songs
Idles: Ultra Mono
Jehnny Beth: To Love is to Live

Insect Ark: The Vanishing
I Break Horses: Warnings
Vile Creature: Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!
Deradoorian: Find the Sun
Deep Sea Diver: Impossible Weight

Arca: KiCk i
Oneohtrix Point Never: Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Eartheater: Phoenix: Flames are Dew Upon My Skin
Moses Boyd: Dark Matter
Duval Timothy: Help

Yves Tumor: Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Four Tet: Sixteen Oceans
Autechre: Sign
Marie Davidson & L’CEil Nu: Renegade Breakdown
Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini: Illusion of Time

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: The Mosaic of Transformation
Kelly Lee Owens: Inner Song
Yaeji: What We Drew
Pallbearer: Forgotten Days
Nick Cave & Nicholas Lens: LITANIES

Beverly Glenn-Copeland: Transmissions
Duma: Duma
Okkyung Lee: Yeo-Neun
Oranssi Pazuzu: Mestarin kynsi
Moses Sumney: græ

Horse Lords: The Common Task
Shabaka and The Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History
Jackie Lynn: Jacqueline
Metz: Atlas Vending
Nothing: The Great Dismal

Protomartyr: Ultimate Success Today
Buscabella: Regressa
Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Aguita
Mary Lattimore: Silver Ladders
Douglas Dare: Milkteeth

Fontaines DC: A Hero’s Death
Noveller: Arrow
Deerhoof: Love-Lore
Spirit Adrift: Enlightened in Eternity
H31R: ve•loc•i•ty

Lucidvox: We Are
Blake Mills: Mutable Set
Christian Sands: Be Water
Perfume Genius: Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
US Girls: Heavy Light

Joel Ross: Who Are You?
Soccer Mommy: color theory
Marika Hackman: Covers
Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela: Rejoice
Loma: Don’t Shy Away

Bill Frisell: Valentine
Tunes of Negation, Shackleton, Takumi Motokawa, Raphael Meinhart: Like the Stars Forever and Ever
Jimi Tenor: Aulos
Ambrose Akinmusire: on the tender spot of every calloused moment
Thor Harris, Shahzad Ismaily: With Anni Rossi

The Mavericks: En Español
Fatima Yamaha: Spontaneous Order
Liraz: Zan
Charles Lloyd: 8
The Nels Cline Singers: Share the Wealth

Margo Price: That’s How Rumors Get Started
Dezron Douglas, Brandee Younger: Force Majeure
Gerald Clayton: Happening
Caleb Landry Jones: The Mother Stone
Dan Deacon: Mystic Familiar

Modern Nature: Annual
Domenique Dumont: People On Sunday
Emily A. Sprague: Hill, Flower, Fog
Mahne Frame: MAD WORLD
Turning Jewels Into Water: Our Reflection Adorned By Newly Formed Stars

Ólafur Arnalds: some kind of peace
Kahil El’Zabal: America the Beautiful
Lucrecia Dalt: No era sólida
Skeleton: Skeleton
Moor Jewelry: True Opera

Car Seat Headrest: Making a Door Less Open
Thiago Nassif: Mente
Khruangbin: Mordechai
Inter Arma: Garner Days Revisited
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Shaman!

Jockstrap: Wicked City
Amnesia Scanner: Tearless
Naeem: Startisha
Ka: Descendants of Cain
Run the Jewels: RTJ4

Moor Mother, Nicole Mitchell: Offspring
Anna von Hausswolff: All Thoughts Fly
Fire-Toolz: Rainbow Bridge
D Smoke: Black Habits
Cloud People: For All the Wild Autumn Brings