gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2021

Presenting our favorite albums of 2021: I’ve been doing this list for almost 17 years now, and while ’21 was maybe not as top heavy as some years past, I feel pretty good calling this one of the strongest lists yet from top to bottom. Still trying to mostly leave Luminelle artists out of this mess unless they make the undeniable and objective album of the year (then what do y’all want me to do?), but a huge shout out to Lisel’s dazzling and otherworldly experimental art-pop gem, AND the long-awaited absolute dream of a debut album from MUNYA, both of which are amazing and should be considered for any respectable year-end list. I think I also deserve some credit for having the restraint to leave the first chapter of the new Beach House album off of here. Anyway here’s the list, click the album title to buy on bandcamp when available, please support us on Patreon if you love/hate it, and have a great day.


GORILLA VS. BEAR | ALBUMS OF 2021

50 WAU WAU COLLECTIF | Yaral Sa Doom
49 YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN | Wave Your Moonlight Hat for the Snowfall Train
48 EQUIKNOXX | Basic Tools
47 AROOJ AFTAB | Vulture Prince
46 NAVY BLUE | Navy’s Reprise
45 VARIOUS (REGELBAU) | I can’t complain but sometimes I still do
44 SLOPPY JANE | Madison
43 HOLY OTHER | Lieve
42 HAND HABITS | Fun House
41 LANA DEL REY | Blue Banisters
40 JPEGMAFIA | LP! (*OFFLINE VERSION*)
39 LOW | HEY WHAT
38 CLEO SOL | Mother
37 RENÉE REED | Renée Reed / J’ai rêvé
36 SKEE MASK | Pool
35 NITE JEWEL | No Sun
34 CASSANDRA JENKINS | An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
33 SNAIL MAIL | Valentine
32 HARVEY_DUG | Nu Grip
31 INDIGO SPARKE | echo
30 SANGRE NUEVA | Goteo
29 TYLER, THE CREATOR | Call Me If You Get Lost
28 BUZZY LEE | Spoiled Love
27 MADLIB | Sound Ancestors
26 DJ SABRINA THE TEENAGE DJ | The Makin Magick II Album


25) ROSIE LOWE + DUVAL TIMOTHY | Son


24) NANA YAMATO | Before Sunrise


23) SUN JUNE | Somewhere


22) ADA LEA | one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden


21) HILDEGARD | Hildegard


20) SMALL BLACK | Cheap Dreams


19) LORAINE JAMES | Reflection


18) WEDNESDAY | Twin Plagues


17) MEN I TRUST | Untourable Album


16) ERIKA DE CASIER | Sensational


15) ARMAND HAMMER | Haram


14) MR TWIN SISTER | Al Mundo Azul


13) JESSY LANZA | DJ-Kicks


12) DOSS | 4 New Hit Songs


11) ENUMCLAW | Jimbo Demo


10) KARIMA WALKER | Waking the Dreaming Body


09) DOROTHEA PAAS | Anything Can’t Happen


08) WET | Letter Blue


07) SPACE AFRIKA | Honest Labour


06) DEAN BLUNT | Black Metal 2


05) MACH-HOMMY | Pray for Haiti


04) GROUPER | Shade


03) HTRK | Rhinestones


02) TIRZAH | Colourgrade


01) MAGDALENA BAY | Mercurial World


01 MAGDALENA BAY | Mercurial World
02 TIRZAH | Colourgrade
03 HTRK | Rhinestones
04 GROUPER | Shade
05 MACH-HOMMY | Pray For Haiti
06 DEAN BLUNT | Black Metal 2
07 SPACE AFRIKA | Honest Labour
08 WET | Letter Blue
09 DOROTHEA PAAS | Anything Can’t Happen
10 KARIMA WALKER | Waking the Dreaming Body
11 ENUMCLAW | Jimbo Demo
12 DOSS | 4 New Hit Songs
13 JESSY LANZA | DJ-Kicks
14 MR TWIN SISTER | Al Mundo Azul
15 ARMAND HAMMER | Haram
16 ERIKA DE CASIER | Sensational
17 MEN I TRUST | Untourable Album
18 WEDNESDAY | Twin Plagues
19 LORAINE JAMES | Reflection
20 SMALL BLACK | Cheap Dreams
21 HILDEGARD | Hildegard
22 ADA LEA | one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
23 SUN JUNE | Somewhere
24 NANA YAMATO | Before Sunrise
25 ROSIE LOWE + DUVAL TIMOTHY | Son
26 DJ SABRINA THE TEENAGE DJ | The Makin’ Magick II Album
27 MADLIB | Sound Ancestors
28 BUZZY LEE | Spoiled Love
29 TYLER, THE CREATOR | Call Me If You Get Lost
30 SANGRE NEUVA | Goteo
31 INDIGO SPARKE | echo
32 HARVEY_DUG | Nu Grip
33 SNAIL MAIL | Valentine
34 CASSANDRA JENKINS | An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
35 NITE JEWEL | No Sun
36 SKEE MASK | Pool
37 RENÉE REED | Renée Reed / J’ai rêvé
38 CLEO SOL | Mother
39 LOW | HEY WHAT
40 JPEGMAFIA | LP! (*OFFLINE VERSION*)
41 LANA DEL REY | Blue Banisters
42 HAND HABITS | Fun House
43 HOLY OTHER | Lieve
44 SLOPPY JANE | Madison
45 VARIOUS (Regelbau) | I can’t complain but sometimes I still do
46 NAVY BLUE | Navy’s Reprise
47 AROOJ AFTAB | Vulture Prince
48 EQUIKNOXX | Basic Tools
49 YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN | Wave Your Moonlight Hat for the Snowfall Train
50 WAU WAU COLLECTIF | Yaral Sa Doom