Editors' Choice for September 2022

Domino
The erstwhile home recordist challenged a half-dozen engineers to put their "best" quality forward on an eerily disjointed and dynamic ninth LP.
- Marcy Donelson
BBE
Following Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and her ensemble deliver a tour de force of jazz past, present, and future.
- Thom Jurek
One Little Independent Records / One Little Indian
Delivering earthy illustrations of the many kinds of love and how they're expressed, the singer/songwriter's tenth album is one of her most moving.
- Heather Phares
Nonesuch
Organic, jovial interplay marks the second album from the saxophonist's reunited '90s quartet.
- Matt Collar
Sub Pop
A late-career stunner that finds Doug Martsch giving the band's trademark indie rock sound a deeply psychedelic overhaul that's subtle and dreamily melancholy.
- Tim Sendra
International Anthem
A compilation of home demos recorded by the legendary Chicago instrumentalist and soul producer.
- Matt Collar
Exploding in Sound
The long-running Swiss duo take apart their classic indie rock sound, then rebuild it in fascinating and impressively weird fashion.
- Tim Sendra
EBM
PIAS
The British group's second collaboration and first original studio album with electronic artist Blanck Mass.
- Matt Collar
Impossible Objects of Desire
The Brits' ninth album acts as a stylistic retrospective while also pushing their Krautrock-rooted sound in new directions.
- Marcy Donelson
Domino / Double Six
The British post-dubstep producer takes inspiration from the stars on his bold, bittersweet third album.
- Paul Simpson
Casa Gogol / Cooking Vinyl
This furious punk outing offers rousing, poignant songs addressing humanity about oppression, Ukraine's invasion, dispossession, and more.
- Thom Jurek
Rough Trade
The full-length debut from this experimental London duo is pop at its most baffling, but is kept listenable and thrilling by its captivating design.
- Fred Thomas
Chandos
Little-known chamber works from brother and sister Mendelssohn from the innovative Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.
- Keith Finke
Ali
Dead Oceans
Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré interprets the music of his legendary father, accompanied by the versatile Texan trio.
- Paul Simpson
Western Vinyl Records
Emilie Rex and Rick Alverson (Drunk, Spokane) revisit the distinctively hushed, haunted sound of their debut on the grief-informed follow-up.
- Marcy Donelson
Trojan
Fantastic anthology of the late reggae legend, mainly focusing on Black Ark-era productions and including numerous rare and previously unissued mixes.
- Paul Simpson
Nonesuch
Seven years in the making, this cumulative effort enlists a dozen collaborators who recorded in five studios and four gigs.
- Thom Jurek
Thrill Jockey
The Portland guitarist's latest solo outing is a mediation on resilience and stillness of the mind.
- Timothy Monger
Dead Oceans
The Kiwi crooner sounds energized, engaged, and sonically curious on his buoyant third record.
- Timothy Monger
Mr. Bongo
A sublime record of sunny Euro-disco grooves, quirky indie pop melodies, and impeccable musicianship.
- Timothy Monger
UMe / Universal
The 16th studio album from these thrash metal deities is every bit as snarling and technically precise as any other point in their nearly 40-year history.
- Fred Thomas
Fat Possum Records
Lost treasure consisting of songs recorded for the group's second album but buried for years and sounding like a perfect bridge between eras and sounds.
- Tim Sendra
RT Records / Tee Pee
Danish space-jazz collective takes a turn toward earthier tones and more restrained performances.
- Fred Thomas
50
Groenland
This 50th anniversary box set collects classic 1970s and '80s albums from the genre-defining Krautrock act, and includes additional new remixes from Mogwai, the National, and more.
- Fred Thomas
Drag City
Entirely self-recorded and produced sixth album from L.A. punk duo pushes their experimental tendencies to the forefront.
- Fred Thomas
Fat Possum Records
Keith Morris' hardcore revivalists move on to something harder, tougher, and gloriously weird on their third album.
- Mark Deming
Verve
A transformative, literate concept album from the Kenyan-born, Minneapolis-based songwriter.
- Matt Collar
Epic
The metal superstar continues his late-in-the-game comeback on his 13th solo album, with guest appearances from a host of world-famous rock guitarists.
- Fred Thomas
Southern Lord Records
A heavy and hypnotic union of harsh, droning guitars and intense wordless chanting from this unique duo.
- Timothy Monger
Duophonic / Warp
Featuring 1992's Low-Fi EP and collaborations with Nurse with Wound and Autechre, the band's fifth rarities collection is one of their most exciting.
- Heather Phares
Stones Throw
R&B
Diversifying as a songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Brittney Parks outdoes herself with her powerful second album.
- Andy Kellman
Edition Records
Reinvented as a pianoless quartet with the addition of saxist Chris Speed and guitarist Ben Monder, the Bad Plus expand their musical palette exponentially.
- Thom Jurek
Skep Wax Records
The third album by the legendary Scottish pop band finds them at their heartbreaking, heartwarming best, dishing out melancholy pop that's timeless and true.
- Tim Sendra
Chandos
Strikingly detailed and humorous performances mark this inauguration of a new modern-instrument set of Haydn's keyboard trios.
- James Manheim
Hickman Holler Records / RCA
Three versions of the same eight songs showcase the far-reaching musical vision of Tyler Childers.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Various Artists
Strawberry Records
R&B
Deep and outstanding survey of soul, calypso, ska, rocksteady, and other Black sounds that emanated from Britain in the 1960s.
- Andy Kellman