#NewMusicFriday: Favorite Albums of 2022

Each Friday, Stephen Mejias, AudioQuest’s Director of Communications and former Stereophile and Audiostream columnist, will browse through the many exciting albums released that day and select 15 worth a closer listen.

Horse Lords: Comradely Objects (RVNG Intl.)

Wet Leg: Wet Leg (Domino Recording Co.)

Black Midi: Hellfire (Rough Trade)

Dry Cleaning: Stumpwork (4AD)

Weyes Blood: And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow (Sub Pop)

Julia Jacklin: Pre Pleasure (Polyvinyl)

Aldous Harding: Warm Chris (4AD)

Tove Lo: Dirt Femme (Pretty Swede)

Guerilla Toss: Famously Alive (Sub Pop)

Chat Pile: God’s Country (The Flenser)

Drake: Honestly, Nevermind (Republic Records)

Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Aftermath/Interscope)

Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (4AD)

The Comet is Coming: Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam (Verve)

DOMi & JD BECK: NOT TiGHT (Blue Note Records)

Moor Mother: Jazz Codes (Anti-)

Mary Halvorson: Amaryllis/Belladonna (Nonesuch)

Shabaka: Afrikan Culture (Verve)

Makaya McCraven: In These Times (International Anthem)

Show Me the Body: Trouble the Water (Loma Vista)

Alvvays: Blue Rev (Polyvinyl)

Sudan Archives: Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Throw)

Special Interest: Endure (Rough Trade)

Horsegirl: Versions of Modern Performance (Matador)

Kal Marks: My Name is Hell (Exploding in Sound)

Ezra Furman: All of Us Flames (Anti-)

Mamalarky: Pocket Fantasy (Fire Talk)

Sweet Pill: Where the Heart Is (Sweet Pill)

Fievel is Glauque: Flaming Swords (MATH Interactive)

Jockstrap: I Love You Jennifer B (Rough Trade)

Billy Woods: Aethiopes (Backwoodz Studioz)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cool It Down (Secretly Canadian)

Moin: Paste (AD93)

Barbie Bertisch: Prelude (Love Injection)

Open Mike Eagle: Component System with the Auto Reverse (Auto Reverse)

Charli XCX: Crash (Asylum/Warner Music Group)