Thyla's self-titled debut was exactly that for me this year.
To call Thyla a dreampop band kind of misses the plot, because they do a lot more than that. This album, when it landed in January, instead brings a bit of intensity to the proceedings, and the result is an album that continually defies expectations from the very start. Songs like "Amber Waits" set the tone early on, and from there it's just winner after winner after winner. "Gum," which is a brilliant listen; "Rabbit Hole" which is both the perfect closing song and a great listen in the middle of a playlist; the absolute beast unearthed during "Flush;" there's nary a misstep to be found.
Every time I listened to this album, I loved it more. Easily a favorite of the year, and I can't wait to see what this band will come up with next.
Songs of note: "Flush," "Amber Waits," "Gum," "Rabbit Hole"