With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums from Moses Sumney, Perfume Genius, Charli XCX, Nick Hakim, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and Polo G. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
Moses Sumney released the first part of his second album græ in February. The second half of his double album includes the recently released “Bless Me.” “In order for something to be artful and valid and full of meaning, it doesn’t have to be esoteric, obscured, or mysterious,” he said of his maximal approach to the album, in Pitchfork’s cover story “Moses Sumney Is Ready to Claim His Spotlight.”
Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is the fifth Perfume Genius record from Mike Hadreas. Hadreas again recruited Blake Mills, who produced 2017’s No Shape, to produce the new album. Read Pitchfork’s review of lead single “Describe.”
Charli XCX just released her third studio album Charli in September. Now, she’s assembled her new album how i’m feeling now while self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. Since announcing the album in April, she’s posted regular updates about it via Twitter and Instagram and shared the tracks “forever,” “claws,” and “i finally understand.”
WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD is New York–based artist Nick Hakim’s second studio album for ATO Records, following his very good 2017 debut Green Twins. The new record was led by “QADIR,” a tribute to a late childhood friend. Read Pitchfork’s 2017 Rising interview “The Eclectic Soul Music of Nick Hakim.”
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith calls The Mosaic of Transformation her “expression of love and appreciation for electricity,” which she explores on the 10-minute centerpiece “Expanding Energy.” It’s the producer’s first album for Ghostly International and it follows last year’s self-released Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga.
It’s been just under a year since Chicago drill star Polo G dropped his acclaimed debut album Die a Legend. Now, he’s back with THE GOAT, his 16-track sophomore record, featuring Mustard, Lil Baby, Stunna 4 Vegas, NLE Choppa, BJ the Chicago Kid, and the late Juice WRLD. Other THE GOAT contributors include big-name producers Tay Keith, Mike WiLL Made-It, Murda Beatz, and Hit-Boy. Check out Polo G’s music videos for “DND” and “Go Stupid.”
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