The independent music community is the backbone of the music business in whole. Today’s struggling, independent act is tomorrow’s mainstream star. Every major superstar act that travels the world today and has legions around the globe was at one time independent. To that end, independent albums deserve just as much attention from critics as their more well-known counterparts. That is why this critic continues presenting a list of the year’s best new independent albums each year, this year being no exception to that rule.
This year’s list features albums from a wide range of musical genres. There’s some country/bluegrass. There’s pop, there’s rock and even some neo-folk/Americana. Topping this year’s list is up-and-coming pop/R&B singer Jessie Wagner and her debut album Shoes Droppin’. Independent southern rock band Faith & Scars is also featured in this year’s list, which includes albums not just from unsigned bands, but from those signed to independent labels, too. Pop rock act Kulick is even in this year’s list with his new album Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood.
As with every past year’s list, this year’s list features the Top 10 albums and give honorable mentions for a total of 15 albums. Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Independent albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW INDEPENDENT ALBUMS
- Jessie Wagner – Shoes Droppin’
- Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves – Sun Via
- Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere
- Discrepancies – The Rise
- Kulick – Yelling in a Quiet Neighborhood
- The Devonns – The Devonns
- Kurt Baker – After Party
- The Tibbs – Another Shot Fired
- Faith & Scars – Revolver
- Jack The Radio – Creatures
- Soraia – Dig Your Roots
- Wyldlife – Year of the Snake
- Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
- Gab De La Vega – Between Space and Time
- Record Thieves — Wasting Time
Next up from Phil’s Picks is the list of this year’s top new Family Music albums. Stay tuned for that.
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