10 best LGBTQ + artist albums of 2021 (so far)
Maggie Lindemann: Paranoia
In line with the new wave pop-punk revival, Maggie Lindemann’s explosive and gritty EP is just what you need. A compact dose of self-analysis and anxiety, the Pretty Girl singer releases an EP that signals a new movement. The eight-track EP Paranoia features a promising debut from the former internet star and is a must-listen GAY TIMES.
Pale waves: who am I?
An ambitious second album, Pale Waves ditched its 80s-inspired synth-pop era for a more nuanced approach to identity and self-discovery. The Manchester group takes inspiration from Avril Lavigne’s legacy to deliver a grungy new image that lands seamlessly. While the album has shaky moments, Who Am I? is a thoughtful record that teases what Pale Waves has beneath the surface.
Serpent with feet: deacon
As the world remained in the grip of a long winter lockdown, Serpentwithfeet’s second studio album, Deacon, was a shining beacon of heart-swelling joy. At its core, it’s a celebration of black gay love. Highlights like Same Shoe Size and Heart Storm explore the artist’s romantic life, while modern R&B production throughout the album firmly immerses you in this world he created.
Tyler, the creator: call me if you get lost
Throughout his career, Tyler the Creator has continued to subvert expectations. On his 2019 album, he opened up about a relationship with a man who was also linked to a woman. It was one of the first instances where he brought out his sexuality. For her latest release, Call Me If You Get Lost, the artist runs through 16 tracks that hear her frequently changing tone, but it somehow flows effortlessly. From the smooth, smooth ’90s R&B of WUSYANAME to the synth-laden groove of SWEET / I THINGHIGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE, Tyler never fails to keep things fresh.
VINCINT: There will be tears
If you like your albums filled with expansive, euphoric pop, they don’t go much higher than VINCINT’s long-awaited debut album, There Will Be Tears. The American singer-songwriter makes full use of his incredible vocal range on a record that takes you off the dance floor with tracks like Higher and Hard 2 Forget, to fully reflect on your feelings on the catchy numbers The Friend and All. Over Again. It’s a classic pop album done to perfection.
Best Album of the Year (So Far) – Arlo Parks: Collapsed in Sunbeams
The British singer-songwriter has built her planned debut album with five stunning singles throughout 2020. Arlo’s talent for introspective storytelling on a warm and complex production positions her as the voice of a generation, approaching the themes of anxiety, mental health, romance and finding joy in everyday life. He is considered by critics to be an almost flawless debut, and at just 20 years old, Arlo is establishing himself as one of our most promising new artists.