Sound: Expansive production, piercing vocals and tragic, detailed storytelling
If you like: Caroline Polachek, Oklou, MARINA
Why you should listen: Concept album from rising alt-pop star Ethel Cain uses mournful Americana tropes and witchy, industrial instrumentation to build dark soundscape chronicling life of a young woman crushed by religion, trauma and American life. The album veers from wildly catchy alt-pop hits to doomy, esoteric tracks —all worth listening to.
Best track: American TeenagerTeenager