Five albums you should be listening to right now

As we enter the second half of 2022, you might find yourself on the hunt for some new tunes. Luckily, you don’t have to worry, because we’re here to help on that front. Below, American Songwriter has compiled a list of new albums you should listen to. Keep reading for five albums you can get your head around in the weeks to come.


This ode to queer love has taken the world by storm with its bubblegum pop aesthetic and catchy sound, making you feel like you’re on a 2014 Pinterest board. worth listening to if you’re ready to dance. MUNA’s third studio album, and the first album on Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory label, is out now.

2. Lavender Days by Caamp

Caamp takes you on a dreamlike journey that mimics the title of their album—lavender days. If you’re into nostalgic adventures or just sitting by the lake, then you should turn this album on. It’s a comforting album and an album that focuses on the little things in life. Take a breath and jump head to Caamp’s fourth studio album.

3. CTRL (Deluxe) by SZA

Congratulations, SZA has just blessed your life with 20 minutes of never-before-seen material. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of CTRLSZA released the deluxe version of CTRL. The album includes a different version of “Love Galore” as well as six other tracks: “2AM”, “Miles”, “Percolator”, “Tread Carefully”, “Awkward” and “Jodie”.

4. Growing up by Luke Combs

Celebrate the summer months with the latest release from Luke Combs, Growing up. Combs struts his usual guitar songs with some nuance, taking you on an intimate ride through his small town. You will stop at its dive bars and meet the kindest people. He shows his good old boy humility through this record while adding the lightest touch of today’s Nashville songwriting nuances.

5. Sometimes forever by Soccer Mommy

The sun cannot shine forever in summer. Soccer Mommy is here to give you the melancholy you need. It is inspired by shoegaze melodies from the early 90s that make you swirl with emotions. Early ’90s themes also come through on the album. She hates the corporate music industry and takes inspiration from Nirvana by taking over the toxic fan culture. Adding their own touches, Soccer Mommy draws on influences from their previous record, color theory, while showing growth as an artist. Check Sometimes forever if you feel like a good cry.

Photo of Luke Combs by Jeremy Cowart/Sony Music

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