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The five best albums of the month: September

Posted at 5:15 pm, September 30, 2013 in Music & Nightlife
AM Arctic Monkeys

It’s October tomorrow, so it can’t be that long until London gets hit by torrential rain, apocalyptic hailstorms, transport-paralysing snow and whatever else the ever-wonderful British climate chooses to throw at us. All the more reason to stay indoors under a duvet and listen to the bumper crop of great new music that’s come out this month. Here are five to stick at the top of your list.

1. Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’ (September 9)
★★★★☆
‘One of Britain’s greatest bands just got greater in an unexpected but hugely welcome way…’  » read more and listen

2. Factory Floor – ‘Factory Floor’ (September 9)
★★★★☆
‘Captivating from start to finish, visceral in the extreme, and absolutely packed with the sort of bubbling, synthesised hooks that grab you by the disco balls and don’t let go…’ » read more and listen

3. Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ (September 30)
★★★★☆
‘Not only does it contain a handful of the most radio-friendly songs of the last few years, it packs in some fantastically crunchy R&B bangers as well…’ » read more and listen

4. Mazzy Star – ‘Seasons of Your Day’ (September 23)
★★★★☆
‘A darkly enchanted, luxuriously sleepy stretch of an album, with a sound as unchanged by the intervening decade-and-a-bit as Sleeping Beauty stepping from her glass coffin…’ » read more and listen

5. Chvrches – ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ (September 23)
★★★★☆
‘There’s something bright and breezy about the album as a whole, as though the fresh air from the Highlands has seeped down into the city, through the synths and into the songs themselves…’ »  read more and listen

That’s our top five – what about yours? Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more of September’s best new music, and tweet us @TimeOutMusic to let us know what we missed.

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