Sunday, November 6, 2016

New Music Friday - September 30, 2016

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Essential Full-Length Releases

BANKS - The Altar

BANKS had a break-out album with her 2014 debut, Goddess. The record charted respectably and earned her praise from a number of music critics. She's looking to continue the magic on her sophomore follow-up. It's a more personal affair, as she lays herself bare. So far, the album has charted fairly well, though it hasn't yet hit the same level as her debut.

Watch: "Fuck with Myself"
Watch: "Gemini Feed"

Bon Iver - 22, A Million

It's been a little while since we last heard from Justin Vernon in the form of his Bon Iver project; five years have passed since the last record, though there have been one-off songs and shows since. Vernon has focused on other projects including The Shouting Matches, Volcano Choir, Jason Feathers, and a new label, Chigliak. With 22, A Million, he returns to the project that made him famous, with a collection of oddly-named, but still spectacular, songs.

Watch: "33 ‘God’"
Watch: "00000 Million"

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown is a bit of a hip-hop outlier. His style, influences, and personality makes him stand apart from his contemporaries, but he has flow to rival any of them. His fourth record, and first for Warp Records, has him rejoining with producer Paul White. He mines influences like Talking Heads and Joy Division (the album is named for one of their songs), but works with other celebrated hip-hop artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Kelela, and Kendrick Lamar.

Watch: "When It Rain"
Watch: "Really Doe" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, & Earl Sweatshirt)

Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life

Regina Spektor may always be best known for her 2006 single, "Fidelity," but she was an active and consistent artist before and has remained so after. Remember Us to Life is her seventh album. The record doesn't see her straying far from her distinctive voice and sound, though she does record for the first time with a full orchestra.

Watch: "Small Bill$"
Listen: "Bleeding Heart"

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Following the release of this third album from Solange, the Knowles sisters made history. Both released number one albums this year. Beyoncé topped the charts with Lemonade in April, an album with immensely personal subject matter. Solange went number one last month with this record, one that is at times deeply personal and at other, taking on broader themes. Both sisters have released spectacular work this year.

Watch: "Cranes in the Sky"
Watch: "Don’t Touch My Hair"

Other Full-Length Releases

Aldous Harding - Aldous Harding

Watch: "Stop Your Tears"
Watch: "No Peace"

Bob Weir - Blue Mountain

Listen: "Only a River"
Listen: "Lay My Lily Down"

DJ Mustard - Cold Summer

Watch: "Want Her" (featuring Quavo & YG)
Listen: "Party" (featuring Young Thug & YG)

Emma Ruth Rundle - Marked for Death

Watch: "Real Big Sky"
Listen: "Marked for Death"

EZTV - High in Place

Watch: "Racing Country" (featuring Jenny Lewis)
Listen: "Reason to Run" (featuring Martin Courtney)

The Growlers - City Club

Watch: "Going Gets Tough"
Listen: "City Club"

Itasca - Open to Chance

Listen: "Buddy"
Listen: "No Consequence"

Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

Watch: "Conceptual Romance"
Watch: "Female Vampire"

Kestrels - Kestrels

Machinedrum - Human Energy

Watch: "Tell U" (featuring Rochelle Jordan)
Watch: "Celestial Levels" (featuring Jesse Boykins III)

Mr. Oizo - All Wet

Watch: "Hand in the Fire" (featuring Charli XCX)

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

Listen: "No"
Listen: "Three Sides of Nazareth"

Pixies - Head Carrier

Watch: "Tenement Song"
Watch: "Classic Masher"

Tycho - Epoch

Listen: "Epoch"
Listen: "Horizon"

Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing

Watch: "Too Late"
Listen: "Keep Me Singing"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

~j~ - Will2Change 

Alex Frankel - Negative Space

Listen: "Negative Space"
Listen: "Get Back"

Blonde Redhead - Masculin Féminin

Listen: "Slogan Attempt"
Listen: "Not Too Late"

Cashmere Cat - "Trust Nobody"

Listen: "Trust Nobody" (featuring Selena Gomez & Troy Lanez)

Cut Copy - January Tape

Fucked Up - The Mother Forever

La Sera - Queens EP

Listen: "I Really Need an Angel"
Listen: "Queens"

Low - The Exit Papers Reissue

Listen: "Untitled 1"
Listen: "Untitled 4"

Marissa Nadler - Bury Your Name

Listen: "The Best You Ever Had"
Listen: "Give Me Your Gun"

Moses Sumney - Lamentations

Watch: "Lonely World"
Listen: "Ascension"

Pional - When Love Hurts

Listen: "The Way That You Like It" (featuring Empress Of)
Listen: "Casualty"

Wyclef Jean - J’ouvert

Watch: "Hendrix"

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