22 excellent records were released between June and August. While no posts went up on this site about those records in that time, there’s a remedy: a compilation of all of those titles. Basement punk demos, intimate folk epics, adventurous rap odysseys, and quite a few spaces between those triangular points comprise this particular field. Due to time constraints, these will be presented without any additional context but don’t let that aspect of this post distract from some truly incredible releases. Dive in below.
Between June and August, an avalanche of great songs came crashing down into the world. From genuine song of the year contenders (Big Thief‘s “Not” chief among them) to bands striking gold multiple times (Lauran Hibberd, Pom Pom Squad, Kal Marks) there was a lot to consume. Here’s a playlist of the best of best, presented with no extra fanfare. All of these selections are bold enough to stand on their own.
While there were virtually no Heartbreaking Bravery posts that went live over the course of the year’s third quarter, work was still being done. Meticulously tracking releases as they flooded in proved to be more challenging, as the parameters for submissions kept widening. Music videos proved to have an especially fruitful run over that course (give or take a few days from the end of June to the end of September), with 23 of them hitting hard enough to secure a featured place within this playlist. A quartet of acts found a way to double up their placement through various means, from expanding astonishing direction and cinematography (Florist) to gifting no-brainer Song of the Year candidates a dedicated clip (clipping. and Rosie Tucker). All in all, there’s a lot to study over the course of these 23 clips, each supplying a varying degree of rewards.
Click play below and get lost in their magic.
1. Kill Birds – Worthy Girl 2. Kill Birds – Volcano 3. Young Guv – Patterns Prevail 4. Lola Marsh – Echoes 5. Lina Tullgren – Bad At Parties 6. Black Beach – Shampoo 7. Long Beard – Getting By 8. Rosie Tucker – Habit 9. Rosie Tucker – Ambrosia 10. Mikal Cronin – Show Me 11. Oiseaux-Tempête – He Is Afraid and so Am I 12. Jon Comyn – Chapel of Chimes 13. Advance Base – Rabbits 14. Sasami – Take Care 15. clipping. – Nothing Is Safe 16. clipping. – Blood of the Fang 17. Pom Pom Squad – Heavy Heavy 18. Hovvdy – Cathedral 19. Gabríel Ólafs – Staircase of Sonata 20. Ali Barter – January 21. Great Grandpa – Digger 22. Florist – Time Is A Dark Feeling 23. Florist – M