2023 has already seen some zero-skip, chart-topping albums in its first few months. Taylor Swift’s “Midnights,” SZA’s “SOS” and Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” are just a few we have not stopped listening to. To prepare our summer playlists and take a break from these viral albums, the Distraction staff compiled a list of not-so-mainstream albums we think deserve the fame. So if you need some new tunes, we may have discovered the perfect albums for you.
Preacher’s Daughter by Ethel Cain (2022)
Think classic rock meets American gothic, with a hint of gospel. Ethel Cain created an album full of songs that reflect her “house divided” upbringing as a preacher’s daughter who left the church at age 16. The heavy theme paired with uplifting pop sounds is sure to reel you in.
American Heartbreak by Zach Bryan (2022)
This three-in-one album is bound to have a song for everyone. Although this Oklahoma-raised songwriter released some chart-topping songs on this record including “Something in the Orange” and “From Austin”, there are 32 other tracks ready for a sunrise or sunset, windows-down type of car ride.
untied shoes by Cody Jon (2023)
Cody Jon may have released the perfect new coming-of-age album for you. The emerging pop artist combines the struggles of becoming a young adult with hook-heavy, catchy lyrics. His boy band sound and relatable lyrics make for a worthwhile listen.
Raven by Kelala (2023)
Contemporary R&B with a dance-music influence is the best way to describe Kelala’s second album. Her songs touch on the importance of her experience as a queer Black woman, all while creating a club-play/bedroom-pop style sound.
Waiting to Spill by Backseat Lovers (2022)
This indie-rock band finally released their new record after a three-year hiatus. All we can say is it was worth the wait. The progression of the 10-track album points out an overarching theme of the nostalgia of growing up through each song. Listen in order and enjoy the lyrical ride.
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This article was published in Distraction’s Summer 2023 print issue.