2019 has arguably been another good year for for indie music. Not only did it see great new releases by the likes of Foals and White lies, it also saw the return of indie veterans such as Balthazar or Mando Diao. Besides these established acts, the best indie albums 2019 also included exciting debut albums from the likes of Fontaines D.C., Ten Tonnes and Sam Fender. Check out our list of the best indie albums 2019 to see what you might have missed this year.
10. Sundara Karma – Ulfilas’ Alphabet
One of this year’s highlights arrived early in 2019 in the form of Sundara Karma’s sophomore album Ulfilas’ Alphabet. The structure of this album fully grasps the listener and takes their hand to take you on an adventure, where Oscar Pollock talks you through his thoughts and feelings on the world we live in.
09. Jade Bird – Jade Bird
In April, Jade Bird released her self-titled debut album. This album is the perfect example of Jade Bird’s astonishing talent and unique perspective. She proves that stripped down can be powerful, and genre is not the law. Pair it with a shot of whiskey and an ex-lover on any night of the week.
08. Tacocat – This Mess Is A Place
Tacocat have surprised us with their fourth full length This Mess Is A Place. Sometimes, in the middle of what feels like complete chaos none of us have the ability to control, we need to take a minute, sit down, and press play. This Mess is a Place has what it takes to re-energise and set fire to the activist soul in anyone.
07. Ider – Emotional Education
Alt pop duo Ider have released a stunning debut album in 2019. Lily Somerville and Megan Markwick know how to stop you in your soul-searching tracks. By the opening song, you know Ider just gets it. They get every little thing you can’t quite put your finger on, and they put their whole hand on it with each lyric lifted by every beautifully placed alt-pop beat.
06. Of Monsters and Men – Fever Dream
As they shift away from their traditional icelandic folk roots, Of Monsters And Men have made sure to compensate for the transition adequately with their new album Fever Dream. From the band’s energetic introduction, Alligator, to its slowest and most intimate song Stuck In Gravity, Fever Dream compiles a range of emotion into eleven beautiful tracks.
05. Angie McMahon – Salt
The notes, strums, and chords on Angie McMahon’s debut album Salt are sparse enough to count silence as part of the song. But the album isn’t all quiet, it’ll move you with foot-stomping rock. Her voice sways from high and light, to low and gritty, always putting the lyrics at the forefront. Immediately you know the words here matter, carved into the song so smoothly, the point comes across in poetry.
04. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
With When I Have Fears sees The Murder Capital have released an insane debut album which will only open doors for the band. The Dublin post punks are seriously a band to keep a close eye on, as with the release of their debut album it’s almost certain that 2020 is going to be massive for them.
03. The Ninth Wave – Infancy
Having arrived in 2 parts, Infancy is a masterfully crafted and genre defying album which comes straight from the hearts of Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd. The album is an amazing listen which takes you on an exploration of the darker pits of society and what makes us human.
02. Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
After a long period of hybernation, Foals come out on top with their dual album project Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. Suffice to say that the Oxonian quartet has come a long way from playing chaotic house parties in their hometown to becoming one of the UK’s arena sized exports, equalled perhaps only by Arctic Monkeys and The 1975.
01. Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
Sam Fender’s debut album Hypersonic Missiles is made up of 13 songs with lasting impressions. The shooting star writes with a mixture of observation and anger at the modern day world, creating genius lyrics and game changing music that will stay relevant for many years to come.