As noted, a complete playlist will be made available at the conclusion of the list. We're pushing through this before we figure out how best to assemble music scattered across a dozen platforms, basically.
I'd written off Car Seat Headrest for a hot minute based on a very cursory click through on Spotify where I'd jumped through tracks trying to get a sense of the sound and thought, well, this is just another indie dude with a guitar. This is, in short, a tremendous disservice to Will Toledo. These are songs that change and shift in surprising ways, and "Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales" has one of the most unique builds I've heard in quite some time, unfolding slowly to become a truly dynamic, sing-a-long rock song.
32. Cloistral / "Է" Cloistral is basically a mystery to me, with all that I know coming from the Bandcamp page for an album boasting characters that might as well be hieroglyphics. It's tagged as Armenian. It's also tagged as Swedish. It's recorded in Armenia, and part of a four track album available for a low price and which I wholly recommend to anyone who enjoys long, ambient soundscapes that feel straight out of a quiet moment in Blade Runner or at the edge of Tron.
Coco Morier has written songs for a great many pop sensation (including several for Britney Spears, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, and Sky Ferreira), but remains relatively unknown as a pop artist in her own right. She is, as V magazine claimed, a "best kept secret" on the pop landscape, and one who finally got around to releasing a full-length album this year. If you have a taste for pop at all and don't know her, now is the time. Start with "Dreamer" and "No Stranger (To Love)" and you should have no trouble working your way in.
41. Emily Jane White / "Hands" I believe we call this Goth Folk. Winter music. Dark, dark, winter music.
49. Jamie xx, Kosi Kos / "Come We Go" This was a collaboration between Jamie xx and DJ Koze (operating as Kosi Kos) for the latter's Pampa Records compilation and, well, it's one of those tracks that drives ever forward, ever faster, and makes all the subtle little moves you want it to along the way.