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With each year, comes more and more genuine albums that should be recognized for every single musician’s hard work and dedication gone into making a quality record. Beginning this summer, Music Is Art will be sharing our favorite albums of the month especially by unique artists passionate to the idea of creativity, visualization, experimentation, progression and overall emotion found in their sound. It’s recommended that if you feel any other album should be associated, please be sure to email or share your suggestions below. Enjoy!


Artist: Grizzly Bear
Album: Veckatimest
Label: Warp Records
Released: May 27, 2009
Listen: Two Weeks


Artist: St. Vincent
Album: Actor
Label: 4AD Records
Released: May 6, 2009
Listen: The Strangers


Artist: Iron and Wine
Album: Around the Well
Label: Sub Pop Records
Released: May 20, 2009
Listen: The Trapeze Swinger


Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Because I Was In Love
Label: Language of Stone
Released: May 27, 2009
Listen: For You


Artist: The Horrors
Album: Primary Colors
Label: XL Recordings
Released: May 6, 2009
Listen: Sea Within A Sea


Artist: Patrick Watson
Album: Wooden Arms
Label: Secret City Records
Released: May 6, 2009
Listen: Man Like You


Artist: Jeremy Enigk
Album: OK Bear
Label: Lewis Hollow Records
Released: May 13, 2009
Listen: Just A State of Mind


Artist: Au Revoir Simone
Album: Still Night, Still Light
Label: Our Secret Records
Released: May 20, 2009
Listen: All or Nothing


Artist: Wooden Birds
Album: Magnolia
Label: Barsuk Records
Released: May 13, 2009
Listen: Sugar


Artist: Black Moth Super Rainbow
Album: Eating Us
Label: Graveface Records
Released: May 27, 2009
Listen: Born On a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise


Artist: Intelligence
Album: Fake Surfers
Label: In the Red Records
Released: May 27, 2009
Listen: Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine


Artist: Phoenix
Album: Wolfgang Amadeus
Label: Glassnote Records
Released: May 27, 2009
Listen: Listzomania


Artist: White Rabbits
Album: It’s Frightening
Label: TBD Records
Released: May 20, 2009
Listen: Company I Keep


Artist: Peaches
Album: I Feel Cream
Label: XL Recordings
Released: May 6, 2009
Listen: Talk To Me


Artist: Akron Family
Album: Set ‘Em wild, Set ‘Em Free
Label: Dead Oceans Records
Released: May 6, 2009
Listen: River

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6 Responses

  1. Ryan

    Great list – very nice presentation. I agree with you on the Iron & Wine but overall, I wasn’t particularly or especially blown away by this month’s releases to be honest with you – this has been a great year for new music (but the May stuff just wasn’t to my personal taste..!) It’s hard to find issue with your hard work though – Keep up the great work!

  2. Mike

    Great post, and so far as I can tell, great list. St. Vincent and White Rabbits are definitely on my list as well.

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