New Arrivals: Albums Released Today
New Arrivals is the starting point for your New Music Friday. Dig into the week’s freshly delivered stack of new album releases with our playlist highlighting choice cuts from the wide platter of new LPs dropped each week; from big name releases to the albums you’ve been anticipating for months – as well as new favorites from a broad range of genres. Listen to the playlist here and read about some of this week’s biggest albums below.
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The Atlanta based Hip-hop group Migos are out with Culture, their second studio album to date. Featuring singles “T-Shirt,” “What The Price” and the chart-topping mega hit “Bad and Boujee,” the album includes guest appearances from DJ Khaled, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott and 2 Chainz in addition to production work from Metro Boomin, 808 Mafia, and many others. Out via Quality Control, 300 Entertainment and Atlantic records, Culture is very much an album of its time and one well worth hearing.
Life Without Sound
The Cloud Nothings are back and better than ever on Life Without Sound, their latest LP since 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else. The Ohio-based indie rock outfit’s latest album follows singles “Modern Act,” “Internal World” and “Enter Entirely. Filled with cleaner, more melodic songs, this album marks a minor departure from the Cloud Nothings’ previously noisey style. Produced by John Goodmanson, Life Without Sound is out via Carpark Records.
You can listen to Life Without Sound here.
Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Canadian punk rockers Brian King and David Prowse AKA Japandroids return to the scene with Near to the Wild Heart of Life, their last full-length effort since 2012. Japandroids’ previous studio album, Celebration Rock, was named one of “The 10 Coolest Summer Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stone and Near to the Wild Heart of Life may be even better. Out via Anti- Records and following singles “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life” and “No Known Drink Or Drug,” Near to the Wild Heart of Life is a romantic re-imagination of youth.
Hip-hop/R&B artist Kehlani just released SweetSexySavag her highly anticipated studio debut. The album follows leading singles “CRZY” and “Distraction,” the latter of which amassed an impressive two million views in one day on Youtube. As the title suggests, the album is said to be composed of three elements: the sweet, the sexy and the savage. Out via Atlantic Records, the majority of the album’s production was handled by Pop & Oak (Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj).
From A Distance EP
Based out of Yonkers, NY, Albanian singer-songwriter Stanaj has built a name for himself over the last few years, appearing in pictures with Drake and JAY Z, covering popular songs like Kanye West’s “Only One,” and even appearing on Dancing With The Stars. His brand new EP, From a Distance, released just today, showcases Stanaj’s natural talent. Out via Republic Records, From a Distance is available for streaming today.
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
Inspired by the life and works of Virginia Woolf, Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works is a brand new LP by contemporary classical composer Max Richter. Themes from three of Woolf’s novels – Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – have served as the central inspiration behind the composition of Richter’s latest work. Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works also makes use of a rare 1937 BBC recording of Woolf reading an essay called “Craftsmanship,” reportedly the only surviving recording of Woolf’s voice. Out via Deutsche Gramophone, Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works is perfect for any fan of classical music and interdisciplinary art.
Stitch of the World
Grammy-award nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt is out today with Stitch of the World, her sixth studio album and last since 2012’s Traveling Alone. The album was recorded while Merritt was six months pregnant and while it is cognizant of her folk and alternative country roots, it sounds like something we haven’t heard from Merritt before. Following singles “Dusty Old Man,” “Love Soldiers On” and “Heartache Is an Uphill Climb,” Stitch of the World is out via Yep Roc Records and does not disappoint.
You can listen to Stitch of the World here.
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau is a mix of covers and original songs by Nonesuch Records labelmates Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau. The album was recorded directly after the duo played two passionate sets at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Although each respective member of the duo has differing styles – Thile prefers bluegrass to Mehldau’s Jazz – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau manages to blend the two into one homogeneous mixture.
a girl a bottle a boat
Grammy award winning pop rock band Train is back again with their eighth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat. a girl a bottle a boat marks Train’s first studio album without founding member and lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford. Following singles “Play That Song,” “Working Girl,” “Lottery,” “The News” and “Drink Up,” the new album is out via Columbia Records.
You can listen to a girl a bottle a boat here.
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