Charly Bliss

The 15 Best Rock Albums Of 2019

Dec 11, 2019

After a decade of genre-blending, globalization and the growth of micro-niches, the definition of rock is very much up for debate. But for us — and for the purposes of this list — it means one thing: Guitars. Big, loud, fuzzy guitars. Sharon Van Etten put out one of our favorite albums of the year and there are some guitars on it. But not really rock and roll.

The week of November 12, 2019 brings us more new music from The Spy. This week includes a lengthy new track from Deerhunter, a folk song about modern dating from Lula Wiles, a track by Charly Bliss, and so much more.

Lizzo's "Juice" drips so much sauce. Charly Bliss channels existential anxiety into synth-pop catharsis. Mdou Moctor's guitar will set you in a trance. There's no one sound to a year, but public radio writers across the country do set their ears to the most essential music. At the year's midway point, we asked them, as we did with albums: What is your favorite song of 2019 so far?

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of May 21st, 2019. This playlist includes a new track from Charly Bliss, a new song from Lana Del Rey, a new one from Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and many more.

The four friends who make up the band Charly Bliss have grown a lot since they first met at summer camp as teenagers. The band's latest album, Young Enough, out now, was born out of growing pains.

Lead vocalist Eva Hendricks says the songs on this album were inspired by bad relationships — the kind that consume you and chip away at you until there's none of you left. The songs explore the crippling need to be liked — even if it means losing yourself in the process.

A lot of the songs we loved most in February illuminated some of life's darker or at least more complicated corners. Rapper Quelle Chris pondered America's love affair with guns, while hip-hop artist Mahawam released a vivid meditation on living with HIV. The Brooklyn-based rock group Charly Bliss explored millennial burnout, singer Molly Sarlé preached the importance of embracing disappointment, and Aldous Harding dropped a strangely alluring song called "The Barrel," all about a relationship falling apart.

Ryan LaCroix, host of KOSU's All Things Considered and co-host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 25 favorite songs of 2017:

25. Thundercat ft. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins - "Show You The Way"

24. CLOSENESS - "More Romantic"