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Big Thief: Two Hands
by Sam Sodomsky on 11th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The second landmark album this year from Big Thief is raw, tactile, and essential. The intimate songs zoom in on a band that feels, at this moment, totally invincible.
Bill Orcutt: Odds Against Tomorrow
by Jonathan Williger on 11th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Stepping away from the overt historicism of previous recordings, the guitarist opts for a subtler—but just as expressive—investigation of folk and blues.
billy woods: Terror Management
by Stephen Kearse on 11th October 2019 at 5:00 am
On his bleak new album, woods doubles down on the misery that snakes through all his music.
Lindstrøm: On a Clear Day I Can See You Forever
by Jesse Dorris on 11th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The Scandinavian synthesizer maven pays dusts off dozens of arcane vintage machines in an all-hardware studio recording meant to summon the spirit of bygone circuitry.
The Menzingers: Hello Exile
by Ian Cohen on 10th October 2019 at 5:00 am
What does it mean to get older in punk? Were the good old days ever that good? Though the titles change, the Pennsylvania band’s song remains the same.
that dog.: Old LP
by Maura Johnston on 10th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The ’90s alt-rockers’ first new album in more than 20 years has the vibe of a beloved record that was, for whatever reason, sitting on a shelf.
Tell All Your Friends
by Owen Myers on 10th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The newly reissued landmark debut from the Amityville emo band takes heartbreak, jealousy, and depression to an operatic intensity, but does so with sharp wit, a knowing wink, and oh so many hooks.
Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏 (幽霊リズム)
by Linnie Greene on 10th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The Beijing-based post-punk duo stack garage instrumentation, Ali Farka Touré melodies, and dissonance without a whiff of the baroque.
by Margaret Farrell on 9th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The trio’s debut is an exercise in post-punk and no-wave galvanism crafted from throbbing bass, tight-zipped drumbeats, and buzzing synths.
Summer Walker: Over It
by Alphonse Pierre on 9th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The 23-year-old Atlanta singer’s slow-groove R&B plays out like a telenovela, feeling irresistibly fresh, messy, and human.
Nick Cave: Ghosteen
by Grayson Haver Currin on 9th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Forty years into his career, Nick Cave emerges with one of his most powerful albums yet, an endlessly giving and complex meditation on mortality and our collective grief.
Robert Glasper: Fuck Yo Feelings
by Phillip Mlynar on 9th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Throwing open his studio doors, the pianist aims for a loose, mixtape-like vibe, but the stacked guest list yields a scattershot party that only ends up overstaying its own welcome.
by Evan Rytlewski on 8th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The shoegaze band’s third album is another portrait of addiction and recovery, but this time there’s no suggestion of a victory lap. The lyrics may wallow, but the music soars.
Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons
by Seth Colter Walls on 8th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Aided by Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, and Esperanza Spalding, the New York pianist and her band mix lyrical song form, turntablism, and avant-garde strategies in unusually fluid fashion.
Wilco: Ode to Joy
by Jason P. Woodbury on 8th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Wilco’s 11th album is direct and spacious, centering on the beauty of quiet revelation.
Carla dal Forno: Look Up Sharp
by Katherine St. Asaph on 8th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The Australian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter’s second album finds a home in the shadowy space between post-punk, trip-hop, and lo-fi folk.
Kaputt: Carnage Hall
by Stuart Berman on 7th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Building atop a wobbly foundation of post-punk totems, the Glaswegian sextet make complicated songs sound fun.
Danny Brown: uknowhatimsayin¿
by Jayson Greene on 7th October 2019 at 5:00 am
On his fifth album, executive-produced by Q-Tip, Danny Brown ascends to a sort of hip-hop classicist nirvana and remains one of the most inventive and dimensional rappers working today.
Wives: So Removed
by Stuart Berman on 7th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The Queens band Wives channel the bygone squalor of NYC’s Y2K rock renaissance.
Glenn Branca: The Third Ascension
by Madison Bloom on 7th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The celebrated avant-garde composer’s final work is a shrine to ecstatic disorientation.
John Mayer: Room for Squares
by Marc Hogan on 6th October 2019 at 5:00 am
Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the auspicious debut that sent a 23-year-old guitarist into the stratosphere.
Harmony Woods: Make Yourself at Home
by Abby Jones on 5th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter’s clear vocals and candid lyrics feel at home in the Philadelphia DIY scene that raised her.
Michael Vincent Waller: Moments
by Andy Beta on 5th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The New York-based composer’s third album spotlights piano and vibraphone, as attuned to the notes struck as to the overtones produced and their natural decay.
Sheff G: The Unluccy Luccy Kid
by Brian Josephs on 5th October 2019 at 5:00 am
The Brooklyn drill artist follows up his two-year-old hit “No Suburban” with a grim and terse debut LP.
Sui Zhen: Losing, Linda
by Stuart Berman on 4th October 2019 at 5:00 am
On her alluring and unnerving new album, the Melbourne singer-songwriter adopts a digital alter-ego to explore real-life human strife.