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Sounds of the Asian diaspora: 6 must-listen albums of 2022 so far

The Asian diaspora has slowly but surely permeated the upper echelons of the cultural sphere, from starring in Hollywood blockbusters to racking up Olympic medals. If their musical releases so far this year are any indication, it is only a matter of time before Asian artists expand their influence on the music industry as the tastemakers of tomorrow.

From dazzling debuts to genre-bending opuses, here are six of our favorite recent albums from some of the brightest musical stars of Asian descent.

Mitski releases first new album ‘Laurel Hell’ after return from music hiatus

  • Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski released her long-anticipated sixth studio album, Laurel Hell, on Friday.
  • Mitski had taken a hiatus after her 2019 tour concluded and returned to making music in October 2021 with the release of her single “Working for the Knife.”

Japanese American indie rock musician Mitski released her sixth studio album, “Laurel Hell,” on Friday. 

Mitski took a hiatus from music after her 2019 tour concluded, returning to music in October 2021 with the single “Working for the Knife.” That single, along with 10 other tracks, comprises the new album. She has also released music videos for four of the songs, the most recent of which dropped Friday for “Stay Soft.”