Best Albums: Phantogram, Junius, Angel Olsen, John Zorn / Abraxas, Empty Flowers

This week’s best albums

Phantogram releases one of the best pop albums of the year so far, highlighted by its vocal contributions and occasional stylistic excursions.

Junius delivers the perfect soundtrack for all your burning, post-apocalyptic hell-scape needs.

– With her first full-band release, indie singer/guitarist Angel Olsen combines gentle guitar strumming with languid melodies, sparse bass, and an airy, aching voice.

John Zorn writes a new album of progressive avant-rock for Abraxas, a super-group that was first assembled for part of Zorn’s massive second Masada songbook.

– A bevy of high-profile guests create a remix album for Empty Flowers that reworks the source material in atmospheric, inventive ways.

Honorable mention

New Bums: Voices in a Rented Room (Drag City)