Editors' Choice for July, 2019

Century Media
Exposing the horrors of modern society's sins, the industrial metal upstarts deliver a peak in their catalog.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Hyperion
This typical entry in Hewitt's Beethoven sonata series offers original readings in a mix of familiar and less well-known pieces.
- James Manheim
III
Harvest / Virgin EMI
Expansive third set from the alt-R&B singer/songwriter features improved production and matured lyrics.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Alligator Records
A riotous tribute to Little Walter that doesn't play like a faithful homage.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hyperion
Intimate, small-group performances of English music honoring a now-little-known saint.
- James Manheim
Music & Arts
The Boston Camerata returns with a collection of music from the dawn of the 16th century under new director Anne Azéma.
- James Manheim
Capitol
Remastered edition of Brian Eno's 1983 soundtrack, including an album's worth of new material with collaborators Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois.
- Paul Simpson
Where It's At Is Where You Are
A deeply engaging and whimsical pop song cycle devoted to the 12 men who have stood on the moon.
- Timothy Monger
MDG
Deliberate, beautifully detailed reading of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1.
- James Manheim
Dais
The Los Angeles band's third album of atmospheric, '80s-style goth anthems that both evoke and measure up to their influences.
- Matt Collar
Rune Grammofon
The second of two sprawling live double-length albums adds Dungen guitarist Reine Fiske to the lineup, resulting in a powerful performance.
- Thom Jurek
Rune Grammofon
The first of two sprawling, simultaneously issued live albums features the original trio revisiting their catalog with reckless abandon.
- Thom Jurek
Resonus / Resonus Classics
Wonderfully delicate music for string quartet by Finzi, some of it arranged from other genres.
- James Manheim
Rhino
An exciting, well-preserved live set from 1978, a year when the band were on top of the world and played like they knew it.
- Tim Sendra
King's College Choir
A valediction of Stephen Cleobury as director of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge; also a worthy Howells collection.
- James Manheim
AUM Fidelity
Documenting two sets from a 2017 performance, this longstanding quartet offers a new suite and startling reads of catalog tunes.
- Thom Jurek
Axis Records
A set of nebulous techno and ambient tracks from the Detroit legend, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
- Paul Simpson
Memphis Industries
Joining forces with producer John Parish and members of Lucius and This Is the Kit, Hoop offers up an exquisite set provoked by the day's politics.
- Marcy Donelson
Hyperion
Hyperion scores in its Romantic Violin Concerto series with two unknown works and one from Klemperer's teacher.
- James Manheim
Drag City
The tenth album from this long-standing institution of underground psych-rock is one of their most powerful and emotionally direct.
- Fred Thomas
Sub Pop
Collection of the Toronto noise rockers' non-LP singles proves they were great from the first moment they went into the studio.
- Mark Deming
La Dolce Volta
Brilliant organ recording that was the last one made at Notre-Dame cathedral before the fire of 2019.
- James Manheim
Strut
R&B
Essential post-disco, pre-new jack swing R&B throughout this almost-faultless summation of the artist's most successful period.
- Andy Kellman
Bella Union
An artful debut by an English band who align catchy guitar pop, rich atmosphere, and noise.
- Marcy Donelson
Cherry Red
The band's "definitive destination" is a challenging, surprisingly tender, and always thought-provoking journey.
- Heather Phares
Drag City
Singer/songwriter David Berman ends his decade-long hiatus with lonely songs that are as warm as a hug from a long-lost friend.
- Heather Phares
Alpha
Sublime recording from Piau of French mélodies, familiar and new, with period instruments.
- James Manheim
Orange Mountain Music
Philip Glass continues to break new ground, here with Third Coast Percussion.
- James Manheim
Smoking Room
Career-spanning collection of previously unreleased tracks from the master of power pop miniatures.
- Tim Sendra
Relapse Records
The Floridian doom-pop quartet's fifth full-length effort administers seismic confections that vary in sweetness but always satisfy.
- James Christopher Monger
Various Artists
Daptone
A beautifully compiled selection of soul singles from Finland's Timmion Records, magnificently curated by the Daptone staff.
- Thom Jurek
Various Artists
Cherry Red
Thrilling and well-compiled three-disc collection that rounds up the rough-and-ready sounds of early U.K. punk in all its many varieties and flavors.
- Tim Sendra
AUM Fidelity
With two bands comprised of longtime associates, the drummer and composer illustrates a union of free jazz players past and present.
- Thom Jurek
Damaged Goods
The band's sixth album adds a bit of psychedelia to their sound, but it remains as reliably raw and punk as any Billy Childish project.
- Tim Sendra