Editors' Choice for September, 2019

Domino
A suffocating, strange, and affecting ninth album from lo-fi pop experimenter Alex Giannascoli reflects an upgrade in recording equipment.
- Marcy Donelson
New West
The Nashville crooner delivers a compelling 11-track set that looks to the cosmic country stylings of Lee Hazlewood for inspiration.
- James Christopher Monger
Omnivore Recordings
The saxophonist's Artist House sessions from 1979 showcase the urgency and soulful lyricism of his comeback years.
- Matt Collar
AWAL / Bat For Lashes
On her fifth album, Natasha Khan gets lost in the '80s and rediscovers the magic and romance of her music.
- Heather Phares
Delphian
Sequel to Čičić's set of the first six Carbonelli sonatas is equally attractive.
- James Manheim
Steinway & Sons
Passionate recordings of rarely heard Schumann works, beautifully recorded.
- James Manheim
ATO
On her solo debut, the Alabama Shakes singer revisits her past through a funky, adventurous prism.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Captured Tracks
The second album from the angsty Canadian rock group turns toward politically direct lyrics and moments of uncharacteristically jangly sensitivity.
- Fred Thomas
Hardly Art
The fourth album from the Walla Walla-based indie rock band is subtle, smart, and rewarding both musically and emotionally.
- Mark Deming
Sargent House
The doomy singer/songwriter's seventh album revisits the aching beauty of her earliest, acoustic-based music.
- Heather Phares
BMG
A sharp, sophisticated excursion into mid-century jazz by the Pretenders singer.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
ECM
A deeply engaging, often playful live concert featuring the former Bad Plus pianist's quartet and trumpeter Tom Harrell.
- Matt Collar
Constellation
The Montreal-based group return from an extended hiatus with a dense, unpredictable noise-pop suite.
- Paul Simpson
Sub Pop
A generous 21-track set of two-minute confections from one of indie pop's most reliable songsmiths.
- Marcy Donelson
Warner Bros.
The Goo Goo Dolls reckon with middle age on this slick, earnest AAA-pop album.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rough Trade
Collaborating with the South African electronic artist Muzi, Gruff Rhys constructs a vivid, refreshing pan-cultural pop album.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
ORG / Org Music
The debut album from this Brazilian psych-rock duo takes various approaches to a singular daydreamy sound.
- Fred Thomas
Herb Alpert Presents
The trumpet icon offers another set of reworked pop standards with an international flavor.
- Matt Collar
Loma Vista
The World's Forgotten Boy contemplates a world gone wrong in a subdued but emphatic detour from rock & roll.
- Mark Deming
Anti-
A longtime behind-the-scenes Nashville collaborator and husband to Margo Price, Jeremy Ivey offers a surprisingly poignant and timeless debut.
- Timothy Monger
ECM
An engaging live performance featuring the two jazz masters recorded in Italy in 2018.
- Matt Collar
Parlophone
Rap
Filled with invigorated, socially relevant lyrics and inventive production, British emcee Kano's sixth album is arguably his best work.
- Paul Simpson
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Quick-shifting debut from this multifaceted cosmic songwriter gels into a strange but welcoming larger whole.
- Fred Thomas
Roadrunner Records
Reeling from his wife's death, Jonathan Davis pulls his bandmates into the void with this intense career peak.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Hyperion
A possibly definitive recording of early experimental keyboard pieces by Bach.
- James Manheim
The Royal Potato
A psychedelic indie pop outing from the singer/keyboardist recorded with vintage rock and soul specialist Leon Michels.
- Matt Collar
Harmonia Mundi
Daniel Harding leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a traditional reading of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem.
- Blair Sanderson
Atlantic
Martinez's sophomore album of arty hip-hop- and R&B-influenced pop is once again conceptualized around her Cry Baby alter ego.
- Matt Collar
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Second album from this indie jam band takes notes from the backroads boogie of Little Feat and Hot Tuna.
- Fred Thomas
Domino
On his compelling solo debut, Wild Beasts' former bassist/vocalist digs into the political and personal with anti-nostalgic '80s sounds.
- Heather Phares
Hyperion
The Orlando Consort continues its Machaut Edition with vocal music influenced by the medieval allegory Le Roman de la Rose.
- Blair Sanderson
Deutsche Grammophon
Lively, varied rendering of The Magic Flute from the Mozart series by Rolando Villazón and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
- James Manheim
Interscope / Polydor
A confident debut from a young Brit dubbed the Springsteen of North Shields for his anthemic sound and social consciousness.
- Marcy Donelson
Ninja Tune
Rap, R&B
The Australian Music Prize winner's proper debut album is both soul-searching and triumphant.
- Paul Simpson
Thrill Jockey
Bold, genre-blurring debut from the Atlanta-based songwriter whose adventurous songs are filled with a sense of optimism.
- Paul Simpson
Cedille Records
Wonderful guitar performances that add something new to the mostly well-worn music on the program.
- James Manheim
Memphis Industries
Second album from this genre-bending Swedish producer is a warm and intimate-feeling collection of uncluttered arrangements.
- Fred Thomas
Allman Brothers Band
Three complete revelatory and raw shows from the West Coast venue captured just six weeks before the legendary Fillmore East recordings.
- Thom Jurek
Atlantic / Low Country Sound
The supergroup of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby make a vivid, vital debut.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dischord Records
The second go-round from this experimental rock trio pushes harder against the boundaries with impressive results.
- Mark Deming
Mute
Fascinatingly grim second full-length from the industrial pioneers, demonstrating a wider stylistic range than their debut.
- Paul Simpson
Anti-
The revered desert blues collective recorded their fascinating eighth album in the open air of a Saharan camp.
- Timothy Monger
Hyperion
A superb collection of Finzi's choral music, beautifully sung and beautifully structured.
- James Manheim
Frenchkiss Records
Debut album from darkly dreamy indie band evokes the same ethereal impressions as bands from the early 4AD roster.
- Fred Thomas
Polyvinyl
The band's first album in eight years is their best yet filled with sharp songs and haunting performances.
- Tim Sendra
ECM
A lyrical, deeply rhapsodic duo collaboration between trumpeter Avishai Cohen and pianist Yonathan Avishai.
- Matt Collar