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10 best summer albums 2022

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With warmer days just around the corner, it’s time to get our playlists in order. What tracks will soundtrack those backyard barbecues, breezy dinners, pool parties, and steamy soirees? While you can’t go wrong with the classics and old favorites, there are plenty of upcoming releases to add to the mix. Maybe it’s an electric party anthem from Lizzo’s new album, or a vulnerable track from Angel Olsen to immerse you in your feelings. Here we’ve rounded up 10 new albums to keep on your radar in the coming months. We’re also expecting new music from favorites like SZA and Normani, but those release dates are still unclear. In the meantime, there’s plenty of new music to hold us back.

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Harry’s house by Harry Styles

Harry Styles is a music superstar, fashion icon, and maybe even Hollywood’s next big man. yet, as his career reaches new heights, his next album should take us to new depths. Harry’s house is said to be an intimate, introspective record that the singer wrote at the start of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Her addictive debut single, “As It Was,” with its pensive lyrics and effervescent sound, is a prime example. —Erica Gonzales, Culture Editor

Released May 20.

After captivating us with his stellar 2018 EP Crushwith groove tracks like “Sticky” and “4 Leaf Clover”, Chicago’s Ravyn Lenae is ready to deliver her debut album, Hypno. It’s an apt title given haunting singles like “Skin Tight” and “Light Me Up,” which feature Lenae’s signature silky vocals for a dreamy feel. She also bonds with Mereba, Smino, Foushée and her frequent collaborator, Steve Lacy of The Internet. -FOR EXAMPLE

Released May 20.

An immersive audiovisual album, Eye combines shimmering synthpop with woozy visual loops to tell a cyclical story of love, addiction, relapse and obsession. Lykke Li said she wanted the record to have “the intimacy of listening to a voice memo over a macro dose of LSD”, which the album preview says follows entirely. —Melissa Giannini, feature film director

Released May 20.

i thought i could fly by Tate McRae

We’ve seen Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo become teenage musical celebrities in recent years; Is Tate McRae next? The 18-year-old singer, songwriter and dancer once landed a Top 40 hit with “You Broke Me First,” and now she’s following it up with her debut album. With punk-inspired jams and Sad Girl pop ballads, the record fits right in with the times, but McRae’s songwriting skills and star power potential are no exception. passing fashion. -FOR EXAMPLE

Released May 27.

Both blurry and nasal, Angel Olsen’s latest songs hit like a breathtaking sunrise near the end of a long road trip and linger in the air long after they’re done. Olsen recorded Highligths with Jonathan Wilson at his Topanga Canyon studio last spring shortly after coming out as queer and announcing his relationship with writer Adele Thibodeaux, then losing both parents in the span of two months. Fresh love and raw heartbreak combine in an album that sounds both epic and personal and blatantly authentic. —MG

Released June 3.

BTS is releasing an anthology album to celebrate nine years since their debut (if you can believe it’s been that long already). The celebratory compilation looks back on the band’s incredible musical journey, from “Born Singer” to “Butter,” but it’s not just a nostalgic trip. The release also looks to BTS’ next decade with two new tracks, “Young Love” and “Quotation Mark.” -FOR EXAMPLE

Released June 10.

ugly season by Perfume Genius

Sublime after 2020 Set my heart on fire immediatelyMike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) returns with ugly season, which he created for his dance performance and that of choreographer Kate Wallich who toured the country in 2019. Based on the singles “Pop Song” and “Eye in the Wall”, you can say that these songs are inspired and inspire movement; there is an innate energy in them even in their calm, the hushed harmonies and the nostalgic sighs. -FOR EXAMPLE

Released June 17.

In 2017, when MUNA released their first album About you, ELLE said the alternative pop trio was on the verge of stardom. And it was true; they would continue to rise and release a beloved second album, save the world, in 2019. But it definitely feels like their moment now. After signing to Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, the band released viral hit “Silk Chiffon” in September, a queer love anthem that feels so good it’s almost euphoric. This turned out to be the lead single from MUNA’s self-titled third album, which we hope will be their best work to date. -FOR EXAMPLE

Released June 24.

The world could use a new Lizzo right now — and she knows it. After his Grammy-winning album Because I love you in 2018, the singer, rapper and flautist returns with more feel-good music for our dark times. She teases what’s to come with her disco-inspired single “About Damn Time,” which is brimming with joy, self-love and a message we all need to hear: things are going to be okay. -FOR EXAMPLE

Released July 15.

Abandonment by Maggie Rogers

Shortly after starting work on his 2019 follow-up Heard in a past life, Maggie Rogers, like all of us, has been thrust into a global pandemic. She retired to coastal Maine and eventually enrolled in Harvard Divinity School. to study “the spirituality of public gatherings and the ethics of power in pop culture.” Amid the stark loneliness of the COVID quarantine, Rogers found herself missing New York City and longing for “someone to sweat on me, spill their beer on my shoes.” “That’s where I am”, the first single from his upcoming album, Abandonmentgives off that energy, equal parts claustrophobia and the sky opening up. —MG

Released July 29.

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