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Cloud Nothings: The Black Hole Understands
by Arielle Gordon on 9th July 2020 at 5:00 am
Rather than lean into the gimmick of a “bedroom” record, Cloud Nothings’ quarantine album disguises relatively amateur equipment behind clean melodies and power-pop nostalgia.
Greg Foat: Symphonie Pacifique
by Piotr Orlov on 9th July 2020 at 5:00 am
The prolific British pianist-keyboardist-composer’s work is centered on place, partnership, and circumstance. Mostly abandoning jazz, he crafts an idiosyncratic, pastoral opus.
Gucci Mane: So Icy Summer
by Sheldon Pearce on 9th July 2020 at 5:00 am
Buried somewhere in this overstuffed, 80-minute crew compilation is Gucci’s best album in years.
No Home: Fucking Hell
by Neon Mashurova on 9th July 2020 at 5:00 am
Surviving under capitalism is a drag—it’s the oldest story in rock’n’roll—but No Home captures the weight of its dehumanization in a uniquely visceral way.
Gabor Lázár: Source
by Esme Bennett on 8th July 2020 at 5:00 am
The Hungarian producer’s first album for Planet Mu picks up the deconstructive thread of recent left-field electronic music, splitting the difference between academic inquiry and rave hedonism.
Speaker Music: Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry
by Philip Sherburne on 8th July 2020 at 5:00 am
DeForrest Brown Jr.’s most ambitious release yet is a 49-minute suite that brings together fractured, shuddering drum programming with spoken-word poetry, collage, and noise.
Massey Fucking Hall
by Ian Cohen on 8th July 2020 at 5:00 am
This live album, recorded in 2017 at the venerated Toronto concert hall, shows the duo sounding reliable and downright professional. It’s missing the wild utopian energy that characterizes their albums and their best performances.
Inexorum: Moonlit Navigation
by Kim Kelly on 8th July 2020 at 5:00 am
On their beautiful second LP, the Minneapolis duo conjure the grandeur of Scandinavian extreme metal with reverence.
by Grayson Haver Currin on 7th July 2020 at 5:00 am
On their most compelling album in more than a decade, the discursive metal trio folds their broad musical interests into a relentless series of hardcore oddities.
Jayda G: Both of Us / Are U Down
by Megan Buerger on 7th July 2020 at 5:00 am
The London-based producer’s nostalgic, two-track EP is a love letter to classic house and the tender, unspoken, human connection found on a dance floor.
Futuro Conjunto: Futuro Conjunto
by Matthew Ismael Ruiz on 7th July 2020 at 5:00 am
A speculative-fiction multimedia project imagines the future sounds of South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, using an apocalyptic future to pay tribute to the border region’s resilience.
Pop Smoke: Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon
by Alphonse Pierre on 7th July 2020 at 5:00 am
The 20-year-old rising star was the voice of Brooklyn drill when he died. On his debut album, executive-produced by 50 Cent, his voice shines through despite a raft of unnecessary features.
City Girls: City on Lock
by Lakin Starling on 6th July 2020 at 5:00 am
Finally reunited, Yung Miami and JT bring their signature amped-up party jams, while also making space to acknowledge what they’ve survived.
Remi Wolf: I’m Allergic to Dogs!
by Leah Mandel on 6th July 2020 at 5:00 am
The Los Angeles singer’s whole songwriting vibe is magnetic, blending future pop, bedroom pop, and funk into a new and colorful swirl.
Soccer96: Tactics EP
by Grayson Haver Currin on 6th July 2020 at 5:00 am
Two-thirds of The Comet Is Coming, plus poet and saxophonist Alabaster DePlume, offer ecstatic anthems for battling fascism, capitalism, and catastrophe.
Lonnie Holley: National Freedom
by Madison Bloom on 6th July 2020 at 5:00 am
In a 2014 session with the late Richard Swift, the Alabama sculptor and blues man builds on the foundation of American roots music, reshaping his influences into works that transcend genre.
Seo Taiji and Boys: Seo Taiji and Boys
by Noah Yoo on 5th July 2020 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 1992 debut from Seo Taiji and Boys, a canny synthesis of rap, techno, and rock that would soon be seen as the dawn of K-pop.
Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E. Harris: EarthSeed
by Andy Beta on 3rd July 2020 at 5:00 am
Like Octavia Butler’s Afro-futurist science fiction, which inspired the piece, this experimental septet performance can seduce, challenge, and unnerve in the span of a few measures.
6lack: 6pc Hot EP
by Evan Rytlewski on 3rd July 2020 at 5:00 am
On his laid-back and locked-in new EP, the Atlanta singer-rapper sounds more subtle and assured than ever.
Special Interest: The Passion Of
by Jenn Pelly on 3rd July 2020 at 5:00 am
Mixing art-punk, industrial, and techno, the outstanding New Orleans four-piece emerge with a blistering vision of punk as possibility.
Dirty Projectors: Flight Tower EP
by Will Gottsegen on 2nd July 2020 at 5:00 am
Dirty Projectors are once again a group effort. Their new EP is helmed by singer Felicia Douglass, whose smooth voice is an antidote to the unrelenting weirdness of Dave Longstreth’s arrangements.
Gordi: Our Two Skins
by Hannah Jocelyn on 2nd July 2020 at 5:00 am
On her sparse and riveting second album, the singer-songwriter examines the personal cost of embracing difficult emotional truths.
Chloe x Halle: Ungodly Hour
by Alphonse Pierre on 2nd July 2020 at 5:00 am
On the slinky follow-up to their carefree debut, the R&B sisters take greater risks with their production and their writing.
Redd Kross: Red Cross EP / Phaseshifter / Show World
by Robert Ham on 2nd July 2020 at 5:00 am
A trio of reissues from Merge and Third Man capture the L.A. punk veterans at two very different points in their career, tracking their growth from scrappy dilettantes to swaggering glam rockers.
Skee Mask: ISS005 / ISS006
by Philip Sherburne on 1st July 2020 at 5:00 am
A pair of new EPs splits the German producer’s work down the middle: ISS005 is reserved strictly for big, bruising club tracks, while ISS006 trades the drums for pure, beatless ambient.