Favorite Album Releases of 2023

Already November, well into the 4th quarter. What new music has connected with you in 2023?

Squeaky Feet - Cause for Alarm


For me, my personal tastes have definitely evolved to Americana/alt country. My favorite albums, so far, have been:

Jason Isbell- “Weathervanes”
Zach Bryan- “Zach Bryan”
Parker McCollum-“Never Enough”
Adeem the Artist- “White Trash Revelry”
Bahamas- “Bootcut”
Samuel S.C.- “High Places”
Manchester Orchestra- “The Valley of Vision” (EP)
Turnpike Troubadours - “A Cat in the Rain”
Tyler Childers- “Rustin’ in the Rain”

Of the above, there is no doubt Isbell’s release is my favorite, probably followed by Zach Bryan.

There are probably a few others, these stand out for me, 2023 has been a good year for new music.

Totally excited for this

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Roosevelt - Embrace


Haken - Fauna
Nickel Creek - Celebrants
Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Data Doom
King Gizzard - PetroDragonic Apocalypse


These are the only two I can think of that I’ve actually really enjoyed listening to multiple times

Not a fan of “Weathervanes”?

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No did you read his post?


Yes, I read his post, either he didn’t listen to Weathervanes more than once or doesn’t enjoy the idea of it.

Not particularly. Haven’t really listened since the show in July, but if seeing the songs live doesn’t really endear them to me, pretty unlikely I’ll actually enjoy them on record


Fair enough, it’s has grown on me to the point it’s probably my 3rd favorite Isbell release (after “Here We Rest” and “Southeastern”. I don’t love the entire album but really enjoy the majority of it.

I’m sure I’ll give it another chance eventually, but it sits pretty far down the pack for me

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Hit parade

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There are some other albums on my list that could rise to higher ranks but I haven’t given them enough listens.

i only liked the greatest old albums of 2023


I’m all over the place with my list

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - Weathervanes
KGLW - PetroDragon Apocalypse
The Expendables - Pleasure Point
Kim Dracula - A Gradual Decline in Morale
URNE - A Feast on Sorrow
Sleep Token - Take Me Back to Eden


Closure in Moscow - Soft Hell
The Laszlo Project - Arising
Lindstrom- Everyone Else Is a Stranger
Steven Wilson - The Harmony Codex
Haken - Fauna

My top 5 for now. Not a strong year for my tastes. Fauna is the clear standout.

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This is my favorite Bort thread every year.

My top favs:

Murlocs - Calm Ya Farm
Steve Gunn/David Moore - Let the Moon Be a Planet (very relaxing)
Ulrika Spacek - Compact Trauma

Others I enjoyed a lot:

Surprise Chef - Talent Stick
Santino Surfers - Santino Surfers
Mapache - Swinging Stars
Cian Nugent - She Brings Me Back to the Land of Living
White Denim - Relaxed
Dream Sitch (Michael Nau) - Long Rattle
Orions Belte - Women


I can’t remember paying so little attention to new music like I did this year, I should try to make space for some of the recs in this thread. Thanks!