Five Best Contemporary Releases in 2021 (‘Til Now!)

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Best Albums (So Far) in 2021

By Tony from Instrumental Gobal

We’re halfway through 2021 and it already seems like this year is going to be great for music.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen some excellent releases that have taken the world by storm, whether it’s Olivia Rodrigo’s breakout single “Driver’s License” and following album “Sour”, which had people reminiscing about their teenage loves, or Brockhampton’s Roadrunner which was a much-needed revival for the group.

So, while the year is far from over, it is only right that we give you a look into the 5 of the best albums to come out in 2021, and the kind of impact that they have left behind. And hey, if you’d like to emulate your favorite artists, then check out instrumentalglobal for some of the best instrument guides.

  1. “Sour” – Olivia Rodrigo

Most albums have one hit single, or maybe a couple, but three chart-topping singles (Driver’s License, Deja Vu, and Good 4 U) in one album is quite a feat and Olivia Rodrigo has managed to achieve that in her debut year. Following the narrative of a painful breakup that leaves you lost and wanting, Rodrigo delivers hit after hit which will resonate with you, regardless of whether you’re 18 or 28. Whether it’s a ballad like “Driver’s License” that makes you want to drive past your ex-lover’s home or “Happier” where heartbreak gets a sparkly, upbeat makeover, this album will have you hooked and we know it’ll leave you pressing the repeat button, over and over.

  1. “Pink Planet” – Pink Sweat$

Blending together soft, dreamy pop sounds with lush R&B sounds, Pink Sweat$ brings to you Pink Planet, a wonderful album filled with songs that will have you feeling like you’re floating on clouds. The influence of jazz, trip-hop, and gospel is also audibly visible, which ties all the tracks wonderfully, instead of making them seem too far apart. Instead of the usual themes of pain and sadness, “Pink Planet” is surrounded by warmth and benevolence, perfect for those who need comfort and peace during these times. With romance and love being the overarching theme, this is the album you need to live out the romantic summer of your dreams.

  1. “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” – Lana Del Rey

Carrying forward the signature smooth-toned, melodic, and melancholic sounds of her past, Lana Del Rey brings a country-influenced album that touches on her frayed relationship with fame and what it means to be wealthy, rich, and successful in the US of A, which seems to be a sharp contrast to the Lana of the Paradise era. This album makes it seem like the world has gone from being rose-tinted to being colored with a fading shade of brown, which is detectable from her somber sounds and lyrics that portray disillusionment. At the same time, she brings back the drawly, soft high-notes that are quintessential Lana, all-in-all creating an album that you can close your eyes and lose yourself in.

  1. “Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine” – Brockhampton

Going from the tragic, heart-wrenching, and difficult-to-listen-to album that was “Ginger”, made at a time when the band was coming to terms with serious accusations and the departure of one of their band members, Roadrunner brings back the introspective, passionate and raw sound that Brockhampton was known and loved for. While this album is also influenced by the suicide of Joba’s father, it has themes of clarity, hope, and growth and the way they navigate through feelings of loss and moving on. Once again, they revamp the typical rap aesthetic and bring a new meaning to what it means to be a boyband in the ever-changing tapestry of music and culture.

  1. “Jubilee” – Japanese Breakfast

Last but not least, we have the latest album of indie pop-rock band Japanese Breakfast, Jubilee. This time, they bring to the table a bright, lifted, joyous sound that is fresh and new (but not too new) to the band. But despite that, the songs explore themes of devotion, interdependency, and what it means to lose yourself in someone, without losing a sunny, warm sound that is filled with hope. The album is filled with sounds that are sparkly and lush, which makes you feel like your world is bursting in color. The synth-rock sounds that people love Japanese Breakfast for are easily detectable, but so are some new tunes and arrangements as Michelle Zauner experiments and collaborates.

Author Bio:   Tony is the owner and admin of The  He noticed that the music industry is not catered for enough for home learning. So he created this website for his readers the most helpful and insightful information they need in order to help them make the most informative decision they can when buying equipment, software, and online music courses.



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