Rough Trade has announced its top 100 albums of 2022, led by the Smile’s A Light for Attracting Attention. To celebrate, the indie retailer is selling exclusive vinyl pressings tied to the top 20 albums on its list. Featured are new offerings from Mitski, Jack White, Rina Sawayama, Angel Olsen, and more. Find the list of exclusives, available in-store and online, below. Check out Rough Trade’s full list here.
“We want to thank Rough Trade (NYC) for considering us for Vinyl Album of the Year, it means a lot,” the Smile said in a statement. “Independent record stores and labels remain islands under threat, but are absolutely essential to finding new music, music that exists away from homogenous clean universe of infinite repeat that we are subjected to without being asked. We rely on independent music stores as much as others to find inspiration, to be challenged and to remain excited and surprised by music. Music will be nothing without such independence – rendered meaningless fodder, cheap disposable furniture in a store that nobody notices and nobody cares about.”
01 The Smile: A Light for Attracting Attention
A Light for Attracting Attention is getting pressed on smoky color vinyl alongside a 10” EP, Open the Floodgates / The Hairdryer. The EP includes Cillian Murphy’s reading of the William Blake poem “The Smile” and tracks taken from the Smile’s debut live performances at Magazine London in January 2022.
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The Smile: A Light for Attracting Attention
The Smile: Open the Floodgates / A Hairdryer
02 Jack White: Fear of the Dawn / Entering Heaven Alive
Jack White’s 2022 albums will be pressed on splatter vinyl and bundled in a triple vinyl collectors’ set, which includes a Live From Marshall Street bonus LP.
Jack White: Fear of the Dawn / Entering Heaven Alive
03 Rina Sawayama: Hold the Girl
Rina Sawayama’s sophomore LP will be released on lemonade and black vinyl. Plus, she is repressing her 2017 mini-album Rina on orange and blue marbled vinyl.
Rina Sawayama: Hold the Girl
04 Wet Leg: Wet Leg
Wet Leg’s debut album will be pressed on gold color vinyl.
05 Black Country, New Road: Ants From Up There
Black Country, New Road’s second album will be pressed on natural transparent color vinyl. The band will also release the Never Again Part II EP, which features covers of songs by the Magnetic Fields, Caroline Polachek, Regina Spektor, and Billie Eilish.
Black Country, New Road: Ants From Up There
Black Country, New Road: Never Again Pt II
06 Mitski: Laurel Hell
Mitski’s sixth album will be pressed on ruby and white bloom color vinyl, and she is also releasing a 12” collection of demos titled Stay Soft, Get Eaten.
Mitski: Stay Soft, Get Eaten: Laurel Hell Demos
07 Yeule: Glitch Princess
Yeule’s debut album will be released with a holographic sleeve. The artist is also releasing a flexi disc featuring two songs, “The Things They Did for Me Out of Love” and “Intermission (Live).”
08 Fontaines D.C.: Skinty Fia
Fontaines D.C.’s third album will be pressed on marbled red and black color vinyl. The band is also releasing the Skinty Fia Sessions 10” EP, which features stripped-back versions of “The Couple Across the Way,” “Jackie Down the Line,” “Roman Holiday,” and “I Love You.”
Fontaines D.C.: Skinty Fia
Fontaines D.C.: Skinty Fia Sessions
09 Black Midi: Hellfire
Black Midi will release Live Fire, a live version of their third album recorded during their NOS Primavera Sound Porto performance in July 2022.
10 Yard Act: The Overload
Yard Act’s debut LP will be released with a Mad Professor album remix.
11 Alvvays: Blue Rev
Alvvays’ third album will be pressed on orange vinyl.
12 Weyes Blood: And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow
Weyes Blood’s latest album will be released with a custom dust sleeve and two-sided poster.
Weyes Blood: And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow
13 Angel Olsen: Big Time
Angel Olsen’s latest album will be released with postcard booklets, which include a selection of tear-out postcards with a mix of press photos and newspaper ads.
14 Horsegirl: Versions of Modern Performance
Horsegirl’s debut album will be released alongside a Rough Trade Superdisc 12”.
Horsegirl: Versions of Modern Performance
Horsegirl: Rough Trade Super Disc
15 They Hate Change: Finally, New
They Hate Change’s latest album will be pressed on clear blue-red splatter color vinyl.
They Hate Change: Finally, New
16 Nova Twins: Supernova
Nova Twins’ sophomore album will be released with an alternative sleeve and signed postcard.
17 Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cool It Down
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fifth album will be released with an exclusive gatefold sleeve and lyric and photo booklet.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cool It Down
18 The Lounge Society: Tired of Liberty
The Lounge Society’s debut album will be released alongside Test Recordings, a series of pre-album sessions recorded with producer Dan Carey.
The Lounge Society: Tired of Liberty
The Lounge Society: Test Recordings
19 Bartees Strange: Farm to Table
Bartees Strange’s debut album will be pressed on opaque blue color vinyl.
Bartees Strange: Farm to Table
20 Osees: A Foul Form
Osees’ latest album will be released with a fold-out poster sleeve.